Doxycycline is used to treat and prevent infections, and sometimes for other conditions.
Take doxycycline regularly as directed until the course is finished. Take it with food.
Doxycycline can damage the oesophagus (food pipe). To avoid this, take it with a large glass of water. Swallow the tablet whole, do not crush or chew it. Sit or stand upright for at least 30 minutes after taking a dose.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible and continue as directed.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with doxycycline including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of allergy including: skin rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
Headache, changes in vision, pounding in one or both ears (may be intracranial hypertension)
Trouble swallowing, chest pain, indigestion or heartburn (new or getting worse)
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Severe or persistent diarrhoea
|Tell your doctor|
More sensitive to sunlight (sunburn or rash)
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. May 2019
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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