Doxycycline is a medication that is used to treat bacterial infections. Certain respiratory tract infections and their complications, can be treated with doxycycline, and it can be used to treat other bacterial infections as well. In Australia it is used to treat urinary tract infections, infections of the intestines, eye infections, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and periodontal disease. Doxycycline can be prescribed to treat skin problems, such as bumps, acne and lesions caused by rosacea. A prescription is needed in Australia to get Doxycycline, which is part of the tetracycline family of antibiotics. If you are allergic to tetracycline, then you should avoid taking doxycycline. Children under the age of 8 years old should not take doxycycline, since it has been linked to grey and yellowing of the teeth in patients in that age category. Pregnant women should not take doxycycline, since it has been known to affect the formation of teeth in unborn babies and cause yellow or grey teeth. If you are breast feeding, you should also avoid taking this medication for the same reasons. In extreme cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever or anthrax, children may be prescribed this medication, but only in life threatening circumstances. When the circumstances of treating the serious condition outweigh the effects on the child’s tooth health, doxycycline may be used.
Doxycycline in some forms is used to to treat anthrax, prevent malaria, or to treat infections caused by mites, ticks, or lice.
You should take doxycycline as directly prescribed by your doctor. Make sure to drink a full glass of water when taking the medication, and increase your fluid intake during the duration of the antibiotic cycle.
If you are taking this medication to prevent malaria, make sure to start taking the medicine 1-2 days before you’re scheduled to arrive in the area where malaria is prevalent. Take the medication the entire duration of your stay in a malaria prevalent area and for at least 4 weeks after you leave.
Make sure to wear protective clothing, use mosquito repellant and dress your sleeping area with a net, to prevent mosquito bites while sleeping.
Make sure to use this medication for full prescribed amount of time. Even if your infection seems to have cleared, skipping doses may lead to a recurrence and an antibiotic build up of tolerance, risking further infection that has become resistant of antibiotics.
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, skip the dose if it is close to your next scheduled dosing.
You should avoid taking multivitamins, iron supplements, calcium and antacids. Do not take antacids or laxatives within 2 hours before or after taking doxycycline. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and tanning beds, while taking doxycycline, this medication makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, so wearing sunscreen and protective clothing is important while taking this medication.
Antibiotic medications can cause diarrhea, unless instructed by a doctor, do not take anti-diarrheal medicine. If your stool is bloody or watery, then this may be a sign of an infection and you should consult your doctor immediately.
If you have any signs of an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the lips, tongue, mouth or throat and/or difficulty breathing, get immediate emergency medical help.