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doxycycline
Pronunciation: dock sih SYE kleen
Brand: Doryx, Doxy Lemmon, Doxy-Caps, Doxy-D, Monodox, Vibra-Tabs, Vibramycin


What is the most important information I should know about doxycycline?
Take all of the doxycycline that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely treated.
Children younger than 8 years of age should not take doxycycline. It can cause permanent tooth discoloration, and it can affect growth.
Avoid antacids and vitamin supplements that contain calcium, iron, magnesium, or sodium bicarbonate. These minerals may decrease the effectiveness of doxycycline.
Doxycycline may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. Use a second method of birth control to prevent pregnancy while taking doxycycline.
Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Doxycycline may increase the sensitivity of your skin to sunlight. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.


What is doxycycline?
Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic. It fights bacteria in your body.
Doxycycline is used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, acne, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, among others.
Doxycycline may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.


Who should not take doxycycline?
Before taking doxycycline, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease. You may not be able to take doxycycline, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during therapy.
Doxycycline is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that it is known to harm an unborn baby. Doxycycline may affect bone and tooth development in the developing baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
Doxycycline passes into breast milk and may affect bone and tooth development in a nursing infant. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Children younger than 8 years of age should not take doxycycline. It can cause permanent tooth discoloration, and it can affect growth.


How should I take doxycycline?
Take doxycycline exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water (8 ounces).
Doxycycline may be taken with food or milk or on an empty stomach.
Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours of taking doxycycline. These products may reduce the effectiveness of doxycycline.
Take all of the doxycycline that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated.
Throw away any unused doxycycline when it expires or when it is no longer needed. Do not take any doxycycline after the expiration date printed on the bottle. Expired doxycycline can cause a dangerous syndrome resulting in damage to the kidneys.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.


What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.


What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of a doxycycline overdose include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.


What should I avoid while taking doxycycline?
Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Doxycycline may increase the sensitivity of your skin to sunlight. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.
Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours of taking doxycycline. These products may reduce the effectiveness of doxycycline.
Throw away any unused doxycycline when it expires or when it is no longer needed. Do not take any doxycycline after the expiration date printed on the bottle. Expired doxycycline can cause a dangerous syndrome resulting in damage to the kidneys.


What are the possible side effects of doxycycline?
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking doxycycline and seek emergency medical attention:
      an allergic reaction (swelling of your lips, face, or tongue, difficulty breathing);
      a severe headache;
      vision changes;
      confusion;
      liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue);
      blood problems (fever, fatigue, easy bruising or bleeding); or
      genital sores or itching.
If you experience any of the following less serious side effects, continue to take doxycycline and talk to your doctor:
      nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
      sensitivity to the sun;
      dark "furry"; tongue, black tongue, or swollen tongue; or
      vaginal yeast infection.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.


What other drugs will affect doxycycline?
Do not take the following drugs within 2 hours of taking doxycycline because they may decrease its effectiveness:
      cholestyramine (Questran) or colestipol (Colestid);
      bismuth subsalicylate in products such as Pepto-Bismol; or
      antacids or vitamin supplements that contain calcium, magnesium, iron, or sodium bicarbonate.
Before taking doxycycline, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
      an anticoagulant such as warfarin (Coumadin); or
      another antibiotic.
You may not be able to take doxycycline, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Doxycycline may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. Use a second method of birth control to prevent pregnancy while taking doxycycline.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with doxycycline. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.


Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about doxycycline written for health professionals that you may read.

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