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How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Doxycycline exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take Doxycycline at regular intervals as instructed. Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.
Take Doxycycline together with food or immediately after a meal, with a full glass of water in a sitting or standing position. Do not lie down within half an hour after swallowing it.
If you have been given an oral suspension, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (also known as SLE or lupus), or a muscular disorder called myasthenia gravis.
If you are being treated with Doxycycline for STD, you should follow your doctor's advice on ways to prevent passing the disease to others. You should also avoid sexual contact until the doctor certifies that you are cleared of the infection.
If you have been given Doxycycline for malaria, you must also take preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites. Use an effective insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to reduce exposure and avoid going out between dusk to dawn. Effective insect repellents should contain at least 20-33% diethyltoluamide (DEET).
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction (rash, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes) to similar antibiotics such as tetracycline, lymecycline, minocycline or oxytetracycline.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while being treated with Doxycycline. Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Do not give Doxycycline to children unless specifically instructed by the child's doctor.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Do not take Doxycycline with dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt or ice-cream. These could reduce the effectiveness of Doxycycline. Take Doxycycline at least 2 hours before or after you have taken any dairy products.
Why do I need this medicine?
Doxycycline is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the nose, ears, lung, skin, bone, stomach and bladder. Doxycycline is also used to treat dental infections, sexually-transmitted diseases (STD) such as syphilis or gonorrhoea. It may also be used to treat and prevent malaria.
Doxycycline belongs to a group of antibiotics called the tetracyclines.
What side effects could I experience?
You may have diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and stomach discomfort. These side effects are usually temporary. If you have diarrhoea, drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost. However, if you have severe diarrhoea or diarrhoea with severe stomach cramps or bloody stools, alert your doctor.
If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.
Doxycycline may cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid direct and long hours of exposure to the sun and other forms of ultraviolet (UV) light like tanning beds or sun lamps.
Doxycycline may cause other side effects. Consult your doctor if you have unusual problems while taking this medicine.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.
Once you have mixed the powder with water, the oral suspension can be stored at room temperature. Throw away any unused portion after 14 days.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Do not take Doxycycline together with antacids, multivitamins, calcium pills, iron pills or laxatives that contain magnesium. These medicines may reduce the effectiveness of Doxycycline. If you must take these medicines, take them at least 2 hours before or after Doxycycline.
Alert your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
- diarrhoea medicines such as kaolin-pectin
- barbiturates, lithium (mood medicines)
- phenytoin, carbamazepine (epilepsy medicines)
- rifampicin (a TB medicine)
Inform your doctor if you are taking birth control pills. Doxycycline may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. You may wish to discuss additional birth control methods with your doctor.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal medicines and medicines that you buy without a prescription.