Doxycycline is an antibiotic used to treat and prevent bacterial infections. It is also used for other conditions such as acne.
Take doxycycline regularly as directed with a large glass of water. You can take it with or without food. Keep taking it until the course is finished.
Doxycycline can damage your oesophagus (food pipe). To avoid this, swallow the tablet whole with a large glass of water. Do not crush or chew it. Stay 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 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, abdominal pain
|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 MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023
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