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Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that is effective in fighting a broad range of bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. It is an antibacterial drug used in the treatment of bacterial and parasitic infections such as bacterial pneumonia, cholera, Lyme disease and acne.
Other health issues to be treated by Doxycycline include urinary tract infections, intestinal infections, eye infections, gonorrhoea and (gum disease).
Before using this medication, it is important to consult your doctor to ensure you aren’t allergic to it or any other form of tetracycline antibiotic.
Why choose Doxycycline?
While doxycycline is most commonly used to prevent and treat malaria, it is also frequently prescribed by doctors to treat mild to severe acne. The use of doxycycline in this instance can significantly improve the appearance and confidence of those who suffer from this common skin condition.
Alongside these types of infection, it also works on those spread by mites, lice and ticks and, in the case of malaria, mosquitoes, by preventing the growth and spread of bacteria.
Doxycycline can be purchased online with a prescription from either your GP or one of the doctors at Click Pharmacy. You will be advised as to what amount you will require to complete the appropriate treatment.
It comes in packs of 100mg tablets in the following amounts:
1 week (37 tablets)
2 week (44 tablets)
3 week (51 tablets)
4 week (58 tablets)
8 week (86 tablets)
12 week (114 tablets)
How effective is Doxycycline?
While doxycycline is efficient in tackling various infections including pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, pelvic inflammatory disease and oral herpes, it is very commonly used and highly effective at preventing and treating malaria. It is one of the most effective medications to take when travelling in areas where malaria is resistant to chloroquine.
The effectiveness of doxycycline is affected by certain medicines and supplements including antacids which contain calcium, magnesium, aluminium and iron. As such, if you are prescribed any of these medications then it will be advisable to take your doxycycline 2 hours before or 6 hours after taking antacids and 2 hours before or 4 hours after products containing iron.
Whilst it is a highly effective defence against malaria, it does not give 100% protection so you must also use insect repellants, wear long sleeves and trousers, use mosquito nets and take other such protective measures.
What dose should I choose?
While this treatment can be taken regularly, it is usually intended for short-term use and you will need to consult a medical professional to determine the ideal dose for you. You can also contact our experts at Click Pharmacy via telephone or email for further help and guidance.
Generally, the dosage is 1 or 2 doses prior to departure, as well as throughout your trip and for 4 weeks after leaving an area where you could be exposed to malaria.
How should I take Doxycycline?
Doxycycline must be taken at the same hour each day for as long as it has been prescribed, and not in greater or smaller quantities than recommended. For malaria, it is important to follow the treatment plan exactly to ensure that you are fully protected from the disease.
It is recommended that the tablets are taken while standing, with food and a large glass of water or milk and if you forget to take a tablet, take it as soon as possible.
Do not double the dosage in the case of forgetting a tablet.
The three main anti-malaria tablet options are equally effective and each one will be prescribed based on the drug resistance to strains of malaria in the area you are travelling to, as well as which is best to be used alongside other medications you are taking and whether or not you are pregnant. There are also no psychological implications with Doxycycline and it is one of the most affordable forms of an anti-malarial.
How does Doxycycline work?
Doxycycline works quickly to kill bacteria that can cause a number of infections in the body. It prevents bacterial protein synthesis, meaning it ultimately stops bacteria from multiplying and spreading. If you’re using this medication to prevent or treat malaria, Doxycycline will kill the parasite responsible for causing the illness. Similarly, if being used to treat acne, the treatment will reduce the overall amount of bacteria on the skin and eventually clear up the problem.
What does Doxycycline contain?
Each capsule contains either 50mg or 100mg of Doxycycline base.
Other ingredients include:
What are the side effects of Doxycycline?
It is unusual to experience side effects when taking this medication however some users may experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, a loss of appetite, itching of the rectum or vagina, a sore or irritated throat and swollen tongue, dry mouth, anxiety, back pain and changes in colour of scars, skin, eyes, nails or mouth.
In some cases, it can also make the skin more sensitive to sunlight and as such, it would be necessary to wear suntan lotion and long sleeved clothes, as well as a hat and sunglasses whilst taking the medication.
If you are allergic to doxycycline or else you experience any of the following, it is crucial to seek medical care right away:
Long-term side effects can include:
Content reviewed 06 April 2020, Last updated 06 April 2020