Doxycycline

Doxycycline
  • Doxycycline

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Doxycycline

From£19.99
  • Medication features

    • Used to treat Chlamydia
    • One capsule daily treatment regimen
    • Oral treatment

Overview

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Doxycycline is a prescription only antibiotic medication that is normally the first line treatment for chlamydia. Azithromycin and doxycycline are equally effective in treating chlamydia, however doxycycline is recommended as first line treatment due to the decreased chance of bacterial resistance.  Doxycycline should be taken twice daily for 7 days, the course should be completed regardless of whether your symptoms disappear or not. This is to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance.

You should avoid sexual contact whilst taking doxycycline and for 7 days after, this is to ensure that the infection is completely gone. 

Do not take Doxycycline and tell your doctor, if you:

  • have taken Doxycycline or any other antibiotic before and suffered an allergic reaction (e.g. rash, itching, swelling of the face, fainting and breathing problems)
  • are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Doxycycline Capsules
  • are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are breast-feeding

You should let your doctor know and ask their advice, if you:

  • are likely to be exposed to strong sunlight or ultraviolet light (e.g. on a sunbed).
  • have liver problems or are taking medicines which affect your liver.
  • have severe kidney problems.
  • have myasthenia gravis (a disease which causes unusual tiredness and weakness of certain muscles, particularly in the eyelid, difficulty chewing and swallowing and slurred speech).
  • have porphyria (a rare genetic disease of blood pigments).
  • have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) a condition characterised by a rash (especially on the face), hair loss, fever, malaise and joint pain. This condition may be worsened by taking Doxycycline.

Patient information leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.4063.pdf

Directions

Dosage

You should take one capsule twice daily for 7 days, you must finish the full course of treatment. Doxycycline should be taken with or after food. Do not have sex for 7 days after treatment is complete. Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablet.

FAQ

  • What is doxycycline?

    Doxycycline is a prescription only antibiotic medication that is normally the first line treatment for chlamydia. Azithromycin and doxycycline are equally effective in treating chlamydia, however doxycycline is recommended as first line treatment due to the decreased chance of bacterial resistance.

  • Do I still need to finish my treatment if my symptoms go away earlier?

    Doxycycline should be taken twice daily for 7 days, the course should be completed regardless of whether your symptoms disappear or not. This is to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance.

  • How do I take doxycycline?

    You should take one capsule twice daily for 7 days, you must finish the full course of treatment. Doxycycline should be taken with or after food. Do not have sex for 7 days after treatment is complete. Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablet.

  • Who should not take doxyxycline?

    Do not take Doxycycline and tell your doctor, if you:

    • have taken Doxycycline or any other antibiotic before and suffered an allergic reaction (e.g. rash, itching, swelling of the face, fainting and breathing problems)
    • are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Doxycycline Capsules
    • are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are breast-feeding

Side Effects

Not everyone experiences side effects. Common side effects include:

  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Acid reflux (heartburn).

Doxycycline can cause skin sensitivity to light, meaning your skin will burn much quicker under UV light than normal. Strong sun and sunbeds should be avoided whilst doxycycline is being taken. If you do go out in strong sunlight, ensure you cover your skin or wear strong sunblock.

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