Drug: Doxycycline

Doxycycline Pill
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Doxycycline is a widely used antibiotic from the tetracycline group that is known to be active against many types of bacteria. Thus, it inhibits protein synthesis in bacteria and stops their growth and reproduction. It can be prescribed for the treatment of such diseases as respiratory tract infections, skin conditions like acne, urinary tract infections or even sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia.




This great versatility makes doxycycline a doctor’s first choice in many cases. Here are some of the main ones:

  • Bacterial Infections Treatment: Used for respiratory, urinary and gastroenteric tract infections because it is highly effective against broad spectrum bacteria.
  • Treating Acne: Severe acne cases are often treated with this medication due to its anti-inflammatory features which help reducing redness and swelling.
  • Malaria Prevention: For people traveling to certain regions affected by malaria, Doxycycline may become an option to consider for prevention purposes.
  • Lyme disease Therapy: Lyme disease arising from tick bites is one of the most common applications of this drug.


The right intake regimen helps you get maximum benefits from Doxycycline while minimizing side effects risks. The following are recommendations for safe use:

  • Carefully follow your doctor’s prescription concerning dosage and duration of a course.
  • It should be taken with plenty of water to avoid irritation of the gullet.
  • Avoid taking Doxycycline just before going to bed since it can cause reflux and throat irritation.
  • If you take dairy products or calcium supplements, they hinder its absorption into the body.

Possible Side Effects and Precautions


While Doxycycline is generally safe, some people may experience certain side effects. These may include:

  • Sickness and puking
  • Loose stools or diarrhea
  • Allergic to sunlight
  • Skin rash

To minimize the possibility of side effects, consider these precautions:

  • Tell your doctor if you have any allergies or other health conditions.
  • Avoid suny weather and use sun block while using doxycycline for photosensitivity.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not take Doxycycline without consulting your physician.



Doxycycline is a potent antibiotic that has multiple applications; from treating bacterial infections to preventing malaria. While it is usually safe, it must be taken as prescribed by physicians who will know about any possible adverse reactions. Always consult your healthcare provider first thing prior to taking medications for such issues in order to be sure you will not make things worse.


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