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Doxycycline : Interaction with Foods, Herbs & Alcohol


Are you taking Doxycycline? Are you aware of the dangers of combining Doxycycline with certain foods, herbs, or alcohol? Drug-food-interactions are seldom discussed but can lead to undesirable side effects and potentially diminish the efficacy of the medication.

Doxycycline Interactions with Food and Herbs

Iron-rich foods: Avoid intake of doxycycline with iron supplements and iron-rich foods like liver, sardines, beef, eggs, kale, tofu, broccoli and spinach as it can affect the absorption of doxycycline in your body (1 Trusted Source
Campbell, N. R., & Hasinoff, B. B. (1991). Iron supplements: a common cause of drug interactions. British journal of clinical pharmacology, 31(3), 251-255. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.1991.tb05525.x

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Dairy products: Avoid dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cream and cheese for at least 2 hours before and after taking the medication as it may cause some side effects (2 Trusted Source
Kshirsagar N A, Ankalesaria P S. (1987). Effect of food on doxycycline absorption. Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, 33 (3), 117.

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Doxycycline Interactions with Alcohol

  • Do not consume alcohol with doxycycline.
  • This can result in a decrease in blood levels of the drug and may affect its efficacy (3 Trusted Source
    Neuvonen, P. J., Penttila, O., Roos, M., & Tirkkonen, J. (1976). Effect of long-term alcohol consumption on the half-life of tetracycline and doxycycline in man. International journal of clinical pharmacology and biopharmacy, 14(4), 303-307.

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When and How to Take Doxycycline

  • Doxycycline is available in the form of a capsule, delayed-release capsule, tablet, delayed-release tablet, and suspension (liquid) to be taken orally (by mouth).
  • You will usually be advised to take it once or twice a day with a full glass of water on an empty stomach.
  • If you have stomach upset while using doxycycline, take it with food or milk.
  • Swallow the capsule as a whole instead of crushing, chewing or breaking it. Follow the directions exactly as given on the prescription label.
  • Do not exceed or skip a dose. If you miss it, take the medication as soon as you remember.
  • Do not double the dose at a time to compensate for a missed dose (4 Trusted Source
    PubMed Health (1 July 2016). "Doxycycline (By mouth)". U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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References

1. Campbell, N. R., & Hasinoff, B. B. (1991). Iron supplements: a common cause of drug interactions. British journal of clinical pharmacology, 31(3), 251-255. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.1991.tb05525.x
2. Kshirsagar N A, Ankalesaria P S. (1987). Effect of food on doxycycline absorption. Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, 33(3), 117-9.
3. Neuvonen, P. J., Penttila O., Roos, M., & Tirkkonen, J. (1976). Effect of long-term alcohol consumption on the half-life of tetracycline and doxycycline in man. International journal of clinical pharmacology and biopharmacy, 14(4), 303-307. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1002368/
4. PubMed Health (1 July 2016). "Doxycycline (By mouth)". U.S. National Library of Medicine. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0010039/?report=details

Drug Name : Doxycycline

Doxycycline 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.
We recommend consulting your doctor to verify the information presented on this page or if you need any further clarifications.


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