Why Doctors Prescribe Doxycycline
If you have bacterial infections, you should know how to treat them effectively, and this is when Doxycycline may come in handy.
That’s because this medication is often prescribed to treat a number of bacterial infections, such as the ones that cause acne. Besides, this tetracycline antibiotic is also prescribed to treat malaria, and it works by stopping and preventing the growth of specific bacteria, so it’s not allowed to take it to treat any viral infections.
How to Take Doxycycline
Make sure that you take this medication orally on an empty stomach (1-2 hours before your next meal).
Your healthcare professional may prescribe you to use Doxycycline either once or twice a day, but drink a full glass of water while taking a pill.
If you suffer from upset stomach, taking this antibiotic with milk or food is a good idea, but this step may decrease its effectiveness. Besides, you shouldn’t lie down for 10-15 minutes after its intake and be sure to avoid combining it with products that contain calcium, aluminum, zinc, magnesium and some other minerals.
For example, Doxycycline shouldn’t be combined with antacids, vitamins, dairy products and calcium-rich juices. The main reason is that they interact with this medication and prevent your body from absorbing its active ingredient.
If you want to take it to treat malaria, make sure that you use it only once a day. You’re not allowed to determine the right dosage on your own because only qualified doctors can do that based on your individual response and other important considerations.
Side Effects That You May Experience…
The intake of Doxycycline may result in having a number of certain adverse effects, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and upset stomach, but the good news is that they are quite rare.
If you have any serious side effects, such as sunburns, difficulty swallowing, dark urine and others, you need to inform your doctor immediately. Such medications as Doxycycline may quite rarely lead to the increase in skull pressure, and this risk is boosted for women in their childbirth age.
Once you notice such serious symptoms as headaches, blurred vision, persistent vomiting and others, you need to stop taking this medication and go to the nearest hospital. Make sure that you don’t combine Doxycycline with pain killers and anti-diarrhea medications because they will only worsen these symptoms. Take into account that its repeated or prolonged intake may lead to oral thrust and allergic reactions.
You need to inform your healthcare provider if you have any allergies to the active components of Doxycycline and other health issues, including difficulty swallowing and esophagus complications.
Don’t forget that its use can make you more sensitive to direct sunlight so that you should avoid any extra sun exposure while using effective sunscreen. For minor patients, they are more susceptible to possible adverse effects, especially when it comes to their tooth discoloration. Doxycycline is not advisable during pregnancy and breast-feeding because of possible risks involved.
What Drug Interactions You Should Avoid
This antibiotic shouldn’t be combined with certain medications because they may reduce its effectiveness and increase the risk of having unwanted adverse effects.
For instance, make sure that you don’t use Doxycycline with barbiturates, retinoid meds when taking them orally, blood thinners, anti-seizure drugs, bacterial vaccines and so on. Its intake can interfere with certain lab tests as well.