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.mmmm
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:
an autoimmune disease, like lupus
Doxycycline is not suitable for the patients who:
Are pregnant or breastfeeding
Have had an allergic reaction to Doxycycline or other tetracycline antibiotics in the past
Are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Doxycycline
May be exposed to high UV rays such as sunbathing or excessive sunlight
Have pre-known kidney or liver problems
Have conditions such asmyasthenia gravis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus,porphyria
Have stomach problems which result in diarrhoea
Common side effects of the medicine include:
Thrush in women
Sensitivity to light (It is recommended that you avoid sunbeds or sun exposure during treatment)
Here’s a list of medicines that you must disclose to your doctor before taking the medicine:
Supplements which contain aluminium, iron, calcium, magnesium, bismuthor zinc
Retinoids – for various skin conditions
Warfarin and other blood thinners
Quinapril – for high blood pressure
Kaolin – for diarrhoea
Rifampicin – for tuberculosis
Ergotamine or methysergide – for headaches or migraines
Methoxyflurane – an anaesthetic
Methotrexate – for psoriasis, cancer or rheumatoid arthritis
Antiepileptics drugs, such as carbamazepine or phenytoin
Ciclosporin – for adjusting the body’s immune response after an organ transplant surgery
You can safely purchase Doxycycline online at MedsNow. Firstly, you will have an online consultation with one of our clinician. Post consultation, once the prescriber ensures that Doxycycline is the right medicine for you, your order will be supplied.
Can You Drink Coffee While On Doxycycline?
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.
How Quickly Will Doxycycline Work?
It takes about a week to 14 days to clear up the infection with chlamydia.
Is It Safe To Take Whilst Pregnant Or Breastfeeding?
No, you should not take Doxycycline during pregnancy or when you are breastfeeding.
Should I Get Retested After Taking Doxycycline?
Yes, you should get retested after 3 months to ensure that the infection is gone.
How Long After Stopping Doxycycline Can I Drink Alcohol?
You can drink alcohol 48 hours after stopping the medicine.
Can I Take Doxycycline If I Am Allergic To Penicillin?
Yes, Doxycycline is not a penicillin-type drug.
How Long Does Doxycycline Stay In Your Body After You Finish Your Prescribed Amount?
It takes about 16 to 22 hours for the system to eliminate Doxycycline after you stop taking the medicine.
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