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- About Mededoxi
- Key facts
- Who can and can't take Mededoxi
- How and when to take it
- Side effects
- How to cope with side effects
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Cautions with other medicines
- Common questions
8. Cautions with other medicines
There are some medicines that don't mix well with Mededoxi.
Tell your doctor if you're taking these medicines before you start taking Mededoxi:
- indigestion remedies (antacids)
- supplements which contain aluminium, bismuth, calcium, magnesium or zinc
- stomach ulcer medicines that contain bismuth
- iron supplements
- other antibiotics
- acne medicines which contain vitamin A, such as isotretinoin
- a blood thinner called warfarin
- medicines for epilepsy, such as phenytoin or carbamazepine
- ciclosporin, a medicine to damp down your immune system
Typhoid vaccine given by mouth may not work properly if you're taking Mededoxi. If you need a typhoid vaccine while taking Mededoxi, your doctor or nurse will give it by injection.
How should this medicine be used?
Mededoxi comes as a capsule, delayed-release capsule, tablet, delayed-release tablet, and suspension (liquid) to take by mouth. Mededoxi is usually taken once or twice a day. Drink a full glass of water with each dose. If your stomach becomes upset when you take Mededoxi, you may take it with food or milk. However, taking Mededoxi with milk or food may decrease the amount of medication absorbed from your stomach. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about the best way to take Mededoxi. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Mededoxi exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow the delayed-release tablets and the Acticlate CAP capsules whole; do not split, chew, or crush them.
If you cannot swallow certain delayed-release tablets (Doryx; generics) whole, carefully break up the tablet and sprinkle the contents of the tablet on a spoonful of cold or room temperature (not hot) applesauce. Be careful not to crush or damage any of the pellets while you are breaking up the tablet. Eat the mixture right away and swallow without chewing. If the mixture cannot be eaten right away it should be discarded.
Shake the suspension well before each use to mix the medication evenly.
If you are taking Mededoxi for the prevention of malaria, start taking it 1 or 2 days before traveling to an area where there is malaria. Continue taking Mededoxi each day you are in the area, and for 4 weeks after leaving the area. You should not take Mededoxi for the prevention of malaria for more than 4 months.
Continue to take Mededoxi even if you feel well. Take all the medication until you are finished, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
One Mededoxi product may not be able to be substituted for another. Be sure that you receive only the type of Mededoxi that was prescribed by your doctor. Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about the type of Mededoxi you were given.
How should I take Mededoxi?
Take Mededoxi exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take Mededoxi with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking this medicine.
Most brands of doxycyline may be taken with food or milk if the medicine upsets your stomach. Different brands of Mededoxi may have different instructions about taking them with or without food.
Take Oracea on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
You may open a regular capsule or break up a regular tablet and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Drink a full glass (8 ounces) of cool water right away.
Do not crush, break, or open a delayed-release capsule or tablet. Swallow the pill whole.
You may need to split a Mededoxi tablet to get the correct dose. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
If you take Mededoxi to prevent malaria: Start taking the medicine 1 or 2 days before entering an area where malaria is common. Continue taking the medicine every day during your stay and for at least 4 weeks after you leave the area. Use protective clothing, insect repellents, and mosquito netting around your bed to further prevent mosquito bites that could cause malaria.
Mededoxi is usually given by injection only if you are unable to take the medicine by mouth. A healthcare provider will give you this injection as an infusion into a vein.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Mededoxi will not treat a viral infection such as the flu or a common cold.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Mededoxi.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat and light.
Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label has passed. Using expired Mededoxi can cause damage to your kidneys.
What is amoxicillin? What is Mededoxi?
Amoxicillin is a penicillin-type antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections of the middle ear, tonsils, throat, larynx (laryngitis), bronchi (bronchitis), lungs (pneumonia), urinary tract, and skin. It also is used to treat gonorrhea. Other penicillin-type antibiotics include ampicillin (Unasyn), piperacillin (Pipracil), and ticarcillin (Ticar). These antibiotics stop bacteria from multiplying by preventing bacteria from forming the walls that surround them that are necessary to protect bacteria from their environment and to keep the contents of the bacterial cell together. Bacteria are unable survive without a cell wall. Amoxicillin is effective against many different bacterial strains including H. influenzae, E. coli, Pneumococci, N. gonorrhoea, Streptococci, and some strains of Staphylococci.
Mededoxi is a tetracycline antibiotic used for many different types of infections, including respiratory tract infections due to Hemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, or Mycoplasma pneumoniae. It also is used to treat non-gonococcal urethritis (due to Ureaplasma), Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus, chancroid, cholera, brucellosis, anthrax, syphilis, acne, and periodontal disease. Mededoxi works by interrupting the production of proteins by bacteria.
How to take it
Always swallow your Mededoxi capsule whole and have it with a full glass of water (a medium sized glass - 200ml).
You can take this medicine with or without food. However you're less likely to feel sick if you have it with food.
It's important to take Mededoxi while you're in an upright position. You can be sitting, standing or walking. This will stop the medicine irritating your food pipe or stomach.
Other uses for this medicine
Mededoxi may also be used for the treatment of malaria. It may also be used to treat Lyme disease or to prevent Lyme disease in certain people who have been bitten by a tick. It may also be used to prevent infection in people who were sexually attacked. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.