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Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body. Doxycycline is used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as â acne, urinary tract infections,intestinal â infections, eye infections, gonorrhea, chlamydia, periodontitis (gum disease), and others.
This â medication â is used to treat a wide variety of â bacterial infections, including those that â cause acne. This medication is also used to prevent â malaria. This medication is known as a â tetracycline â antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.
This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for â viral infections â (such as â common cold, â flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.
How to use Doxycycline Calcium Syrup
This â medication â is best taken by â mouth â on an empty â stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal, usually 1 or 2 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Take this medication with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) unless directed otherwise. If â stomach â upset occurs, taking it with food or milk may help. However, â doxycycline â may not work as well if you take it with food or milk (or anything high in â calcium â - more details below ), so ask your doctor or â pharmacist â if you may take it that way. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication.
Take this medication 2 to 3 hours before or after taking any products containing aluminum, â calcium, iron, â magnesium, zinc, or â bismuth â subsalicylate. Some examples include antacids, didanosine solution, â quinapril, â vitamins/minerals, dairy products (such as milk, yogurt), and â calcium-enriched juice. These products bind with doxycycline, preventing your body from fully absorbing the drug.
When using to prevent â malaria, this medication is usually taken once daily. Take the first dose of this medication 1 to 2 days before travel or as directed by your doctor. Continue to take this medication daily while in the malarious area. Upon returning home, you should keep taking this medication for 4 more weeks. If you are unable to finish this course of doxycycline, contact your doctor.
If you are using the liquid form of this medication, shake the bottle well before each dose. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. For children, the dosage may also be based on â Weight.
For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take this medication at the same time(s) every day.
Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.
Stomach â upset, â diarrhea, â nausea, or â vomiting â may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or â pharmacist â promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this â medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: painful/difficult swallowing, signs of â â kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).
â Tetracycline â drugs such as â â doxycycline â â may rarely cause a serious increase in pressure inside the skull (intracranial â hypertension-IH). The risk of this side effect is greater for women of childbearing age who are â overweight â or who have had IH in the past. If IH develops, it usually goes away after doxycycline is stopped; however, there is a chance of permanent â vision loss â or blindness. Get medical help right away if you have: persistent/severe â headache, â vision â changes (such as blurred/double vision, decreased â vision, sudden blindness), persistent â nausea/vomiting.
This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated â diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea â products or â narcoticpain â medications â if you have any of the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or â stomach pain/cramping, â blood/mucus â in your stool.
Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral â thrush â or a new â vaginal yeast infection. Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your â mouth, a change in â vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.
A very serious â allergic reaction â to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious â allergic reaction, including: fever that doesn't go away, new or worsening â lymph node swelling, â rash, â itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe â dizziness, â trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
See also Side Effects section.
Before taking â doxycycline, tell your doctor or â pharmacist â if you are allergic to it; or to other tetracyclines (such as â minocycline); or if you have any other â allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as sulfites, soy found in some brands), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this â medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: trouble swallowing, â esophagus â problems (such as â hiatal hernia â or reflux/heartburn).
Doxycycline may cause live bacterial â vaccines â (such as â typhoid â vaccine) to not work as well. Do not have any â immunizations/vaccinations â while using this medication unless your doctor tells you to.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use â sunscreen â and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have â skin â blisters/redness.
Children younger than 8 years may be more sensitive to the side effects of doxycycline, especially â tooth discoloration. â Tooth discoloration â has also occurred in older children and young adults. Discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with the doctor.
This medication is not recommended for use during â pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Consult your doctor for more details.
This drug passes into â breast â milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing â infant. Consult your doctor before â breast-feeding.