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More information about Doxycycline
Doxycycline is a medicine used to treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
It can treat:
Doxycycline is available as 100mg capsules. When you take it, the treatment makes it harder for the infection to spread. This helps your body fight it off completely.
The treatment can also stop you from getting malaria. If you are travelling to a high-risk area, you can get it prescribed to protect you from this disease.
Doxycycline works by helping your immune system fight off the infection. It also stops the bacteria from growing quickly, so it is easier to kill off.
Make sure you finish all the tablets you are given. If you don’t take them all, the infection can come back. There is also a risk that the medicine will no longer work.
For all the instructions, make sure you read the patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your treatment.
If you are uncertain about anything, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
To take Doxycycline for an infection such as chlamydia, it is recommended that you should:
However, please listen to your doctor’s advice as they might prescribe you a weaker or stronger dose.
You must not have sex during treatment, or for 7 days after finishing the treatment. Before engaging in sex again, take another STI test to ensure you are clear of the infection.
If the test comes back positive, speak to your doctor. You will need to undergo a full sexual health screening.
To treat mycoplasma genitalium, you need to take Doxycycline in combination with Azithromycin (another antibiotic).
The course of treatment is 10 days long. You can find further instructions on the mycoplasma genitalium treatment page.
If you forget to take your dose, take one as soon as you remember.
If you have forgotten to take your dose nearly all day, and it is almost time for your next tablet, do not take your forgotten dose. Taking two tablets close together can be risky.
Continue the treatment as normal, and you will finish all the tablets one day later than planned.
As with all prescription medicines, Doxycycline may cause some side effects. However, the most common side effects are mild and will go away by themselves.
Here is a list of some possible side effects:
If you get any side effects for longer than 7 days, tell your doctor as soon as possible.
Seek immediate medical help if you have a bad allergic reaction, such as your face swelling or not being able to breathe.
Certain medicines can interact with Doxycycline. This treatment can also make symptoms of some medical conditions worse. Tell your doctor if you are currently on any medication, or if you have another medical condition.
Doxycycline can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Take care to protect your skin by wearing SPF 50 sunscreen and a hat if there is hot weather.
Don’t drink any alcohol with this medicine, as it might increase your chances of side effects.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor before taking Doxycycline.
This medicine is not for you if you have a hereditary blood disorder. You must tell your doctor about this if this applies to you, so they can find a better treatment.
Tell anyone you have had sex with recently in case you have passed on your infection. They might need treatment too.
You can buy Doxycycline capsules here at HealthExpress to treat certain STIs. All you need to do is fill out a short online form which will be reviewed by one of our UK-registered doctors.
If the doctor says it is safe for you to take the medicine, it will be sent right to your front door, with free next-day delivery.
The parcel will also be delivered in plain and discreet packaging to maintain your privacy.
The packaging of this product may look different from the picture. But don't worry, different manufacturers often have different packages. Just make sure that the name on the box says 'Doxycycline.'
|Active ingredient(s)||Doxycycline hyclate|
|Manufacturer||General Pharmaceutical Council, Actavis|
|Description||Doxycycline is a fast and effective medication used to treat a number of STIs including chlamydia|
|Exemption||Subject to medical prescription|
|Application||Men and women over 18 with chlamydia, NSU and ureaplasma|
|Usage||Take 1 tablet twice a day for 7 days|
|Alcohol consumption||Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives|
|Breastfeeding/pregnancy||Caution is recommended, ask your doctor and read the leaflet thoroughly for each treatment|
Note: Decisions about treatment are for both the prescriber and the person to jointly consider during the consultation. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber’s.
Doxycycline is an antibiotic used to treat several infections including sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia, respiratory tract infections, certain skin infections such as acne, eye infections, malaria and rickettsial infections like tick fever.
No, Doxycycline belongs to another class of antibiotics known as tetracycline antibiotics.
It is somtimes used to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs), but antibiotics like Trimethoprim and Nitrofurantoin are much more commonly prescribed.
Doxycycline or other antibiotic capsules alone cannot fully treat gonorrhoea. You will typically require an antibiotic injection from a sexual health clinic.
No, Doxycycline is only available on prescription which you can obtain from your doctor or from a trusted online healthcare provider, like HealthExpress.
No, Doxycycline capsules must be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
Side effects typically last for a few days after starting the medication then disappear once your body has gotten used to the medication. If any side effects persist or worsen, contact your healthcare provider.
Doxycyline typically starts working within a few days, but it may take up to a week for the full effects to be seen. Even if you start to feel better, you must take the full course of treatment to ensure success. If you are still experiencing symptoms after taking Doxycycline for a week, speak with your doctor.
No, you must not drink alcohol whilst on Doxycycline.
Doxycycline can you make tired, but it is rare that it'll make you extemely tired. You should contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you experience any serious side effects.
Yes, however nausea and vomiting are relatively uncommon side effects of Doxycycline. If your symptoms persist after a few days, you should consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Eating plenty of fibre such as from whole grains will help feed the good bacteria in your body and promote good gut health whilst on antibiotics. Taking probiotic supplements or eating probiotics foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, sauerkraut or non-dairy yoghurt also help keep your gut healthy.
Yes, you can take paracetamol whilst on Doxycycline to alleviate any discomfort from the STI.
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