Doxycycline is an antibiotic drug that is used to treat a variety of different conditions including chlamydia (a sexually transmitted bacterial infection). It belongs to the tetracycline class of medicines.
Doxycycline medicine works by interfering with the bacteria’s ability to produce proteins. These proteins are essential for their survival as they help them multiply and grow. Doxycycline prevents the bacteria from producing these proteins, as a result of which they eventually cannot survive.
When you do treat the infection caused by chlamydia, it may spread further and sometimes even lead to infertility. Doxycycline helps treat the infection effectively and prevents it from being spread to others. It kills the bacteria which cause the infection and thus helps the patient recover.
The Doxycycline drug contains Doxycycline Hyclate as its active ingredient (100mg is present per tablet/capsule). Take the dosage as recommended by your doctor, because this medicine is used for a bunch of other medical conditions too, apart from sexually transmitted infections.
The usual dose for treating sexually transmitted infections is 100mg take twice a day for 7-10 days. If you forget to take your dose, do take it as soon as you remember. However, if it’s almost time for your next dose, then do not take a double dose. Skip the forgotten one and continue with the next one as usual. If you end up taking more Doxycycline than recommended, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Take Doxycycline with a full glass of water. Avoid taking the medicine before bedtime as it may cause throat irritation. Also, do not take any indigestion remedies for a duration of two hours before or after this medicine as it may reduce its effectiveness.
During the course of taking Doxycycline, it is recommended that you stop taking any supplements which contain zinc, iron, aluminium, calcium or magnesium. These may have a negative impact on the effectiveness of Doxycycline.
Use Doxycycline with caution if:
Doxycycline is not suitable for the patients who:
Here’s a list of medicines that you must disclose to your doctor before taking the medicine:
You can safely purchase Doxycycline online at MedsNow, a registered UK Pharmacy. Firstly, you will have an online consultation with one of our clinicians. Post consultation, once the prescriber ensures that Doxycycline is the right medicine for you, your order will be supplied.
Coffee is an acidic drink. Tetracycline antibiotics like Doxycycline are already highly acidic in nature, and acidic beverages will further increase acidity and have side effects such as heartburn, jitteriness, headache and more. Hence, it is recommended to avoid such beverages while taking the medicine.
It takes about a week to 14 days to clear up the infection with chlamydia.
No, you should not take Doxycycline during pregnancy or when you are breastfeeding.
Yes, you should get retested after 3 months to ensure that the infection is gone.
You can drink alcohol 48 hours after stopping the medicine.
Yes, Doxycycline is not a penicillin-type drug.
It takes about 16 to 22 hours for the system to eliminate Doxycycline after you stop taking the medicine.