(Vibramycin ® is another name for this medication)
What is it: Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia, lyme disease, acne, venereal (sexually transmitted) diseases, and inhalational anthrax (after exposure). It is also used to prevent malaria. Doxycycline is in a class of medications called tetracycline antibiotics. It works by preventing the growth and spread of bacteria. Antibiotics will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.
Use: Doxycycline comes as a regular and a coated capsule, a tablet, a syrup, and a suspension (liquid), all to take by mouth. Doxycycline usually is taken with or without food once or twice a day for 7 to 60 days. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Doxycycline exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Drink a full glass of water with each dose of the capsule or tablet. Shake the syrup or suspension well before each use to mix the medication evenly. Continue to take Doxycycline even if you feel well. Take all the medication until you are finished, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Side Effects: Although side effects from Doxycycline are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: upset stomach, diarrhea, itching of the rectum or vagina, sore mouth. If you experience skin rash call your doctor immediately. Doxycycline can cause the skin to erupt in pustules and blisters when exposed to sunlight.
Storage: Keep in the original container. Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Capsules and tablets may be stored at room temperature. Some liquids should be stored in the refrigerator (see the prescription label.) Store all medicines away from excess heat and moisture. Do NOT store in the bathroom.
Note: If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one.