|(doks i SYE
|Atridox®; Doryx® Oral; Doxy®; Monodox®; Periostat®; Vibramycin®; Vibra-Tabs®|
|Foreign Brand Names|
|Apo-Doxy® (Canada); Apo-Doxy® Tabs (Canada); Doxycin (Canada); Doxytec (Canada); Novo-Doxylin (Canada); Nu-Doxycycline (Canada); Vibramicina (Mexico)|
Antibiotic, Tetracycline Derivative|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to any other tetracycline, doxycycline, or any
other part of the medicine.
- If you have severe liver disease.
- Do not give to a child less than 8 years of
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used to prevent and to treat a variety of bacterial
- When applied to the skin, it is used for the prevention and treatment
- The Periostat Capsule™ is used to help with
adult periodontitis. It is used with scaling and root planing. It may take time
to see improvement. Talk with healthcare
|How does it work?|
- Doxycycline inhibits the protein production in bacteria preventing
them from living.
|How is it best taken?|
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes
- A liquid (suspension, syrup) is available if you cannot swallow pills.
Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube
before and after medicine is given. Shake well first. Stop tube feeding for 2
hours, flush tube, and give medication. Flush tube and restart tube feeding 1
- Do not take calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, multivitamins with
minerals, colestipol, cholestyramine, or didanosine within 2 hours of this
- Do not take with aluminum-, calcium-, or magnesium-containing
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Not to be used in children younger than 8 years of age.
- Do not take bismuth (Pepto-Bismol®) at the same
time as this medicine.
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor). May make infection
more difficult to treat.
- You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid lots of sun. Use sunscreen;
wear protective clothing and eyewear.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Do not use in pregnancy and do not get pregnant. Use birth control
that you can trust while taking this medicine.
- Birth control pills may not work. Use another form of birth control
while taking this medicine.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
- Belly pain and cramps.
- Diarrhea. Yogurt, Bifidobacterium bifidum
, or Lactobacillus acidophilus
may help. These products are available at health food stores or in some
- Vaginal irritation. Report itching or discharge to healthcare
- Side effects from Periostat ™ would be much
|What should I monitor?|
- Watch for change in temperature or worsening of infection if you are
being treated for an active infection.
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Severe headache.
- Severe nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight, light-resistant container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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