Doxycycline, 100 mg Doxrid
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What is doxycycline used for?
Doxycycline treats infections. Your doctor may prescribe doxycycline to:
treat respiratory tract infections like pneumonia or bronchitis
treat other infections such as prostatitis and chlamydia
prevent malaria for people travelling in high-risk areas
To get doxycycline, you have to have a prescription written for you by a doctor. Your doctor may have prescribed doxycycline for another reason. If you are unsure about why you are taking doxycycline, ask your doctor.
How does doxycycline work?
Doxycycline works by stopping bacteria from multiplying. In acne it kills off the bacteria that cause the infection or worsen the acne.
Doxycycline also works against malaria-causing parasites.
What forms of doxycycline are available?
Doxycycline is the name of the active ingredient. It is available in many different brands – which have different:
appearances (size, shape or colour)
forms (tablets and capsules)
No matter which brand you are prescribed, doxycycline works in the same way to fight the infection.
Risks and benefits of doxycycline
All medicines have benefits, and they also have the risk of side effects.
Doxycycline has some common side-effects.
Some people get stomach ache, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or indigestion. So take doxycycline during or after a meal with a full glass of milk or water.
Doxycycline can also make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, increasing your risk of sunburn and causing pain. So make sure you protect exposed skin with at least SPF30+ sunscreen, clothing and a hat.
Doxycycline can stain teeth and affect how teeth enamel forms, so it should not be given to children under the age of 8 or women who are more than 16 weeks pregnant (when the baby’s teeth are developing).
Although it is rarer, some people can have an allergic reaction to doxycycline. The reaction can include hives (raised, red and itchy rash), breathing problems and swollen lips, tongue or face. If you’ve ever had allergies to any antibiotics in the past, be sure to tell your doctor. And if you’ve taken doxycycline and are having any difficulties breathing, have someone get you to a hospital emergency department immediately or call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.
For more information about the risks and side effects of doxycycline, read the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) for the brand of doxycycline prescribed, or speak to your doctor or pharmacist.