What is this medicine?
DOXYCYCLINE (dox i SYE kleen) is a tetracycline antibiotic. It kills certain bacteria or stops their growth. It is used to treat many kinds of infections, like skin, stomach, respiratory, and urinary tract infections. It also treats Lyme disease and certain sexually transmitted infections.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given in a hospital or clinic setting by a health care professional. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 8 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
itching in the rectal or genital area
pain on swallowing
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
severe stomach pain or cramps
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
loss of appetite
What may interact with this medicine?
birth control pills
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This does not apply. You will only receive this medicine in a hospital or clinic setting.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
bowel disease like colitis
long exposure to sunlight like working outdoors
an unusual or allergic reaction to doxycycline, tetracycline antibiotics, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve.
Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
If you are being treated for a sexually transmitted infection, avoid sexual contact until you have finished your treatment. Your sexual partner may also need treatment.
Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.