Doxycycline - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

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Information about Doxycycline

Generic Name : Doxycycline
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Doxycycline are provided here.
Pronunciation : DOC-xi-CY-CLINE
Learn the correct pronunciation of the Doxycycline, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.
ICD Code : Y40.4 | Therapeutic Classification : Antibiotics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Doxycycline

India : 


International : 

Doryx, Monodox, Vibramycin, Vibramycin Monohydrate, Vibra-Tabs

Why is Doxycycline Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, prescribed for certain types of bacterial infections such as pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections, Lyme’s disease, infections of the skin, genital, and urinary systems and anthrax.  


When should Doxycycline not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Doxycycline?

Adults: The usual dose is 200 mg on the first day of treatment in divided doses, followed by a maintenance dose of 100 mg/day.
Child: The recommended dosage is 2 mg/lb of body weight divided into two doses.

How should Doxycycline be taken?

It comes as a capsule and suspension to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Doxycycline?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of diarrhea, stomach or intestinal infection, the blood disorder (porphyria), any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• Take full course of treatment.

• Avoid long-term use of this medication; otherwise it may cause secondary infection.

• Avoid exposure to sunlight.

• It should not be used in children less than 8 years old.

What are the side effects of Doxycycline?

   Gastrointestinal : Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tongue inflammation and difficulty in swallowing.
   Skin : Rash and photosensitivity.
   Genitourinary : Rise in Blood Urea Nitrogen.
   Hypersensitivity : Hives, swelling, shock and redness of the skin.
   Blood : Anemia, eosinophilia, decrease in white blood cells and platelets.
   Miscellaneous : Bulging fontanels in infants and stroke.

What are the other precautions for Doxycycline?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Doxycycline?

Store it at controlled room temperature (20° - 25°C).

Last Updated : August 11, 2022
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