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Doxycycline 100mg Capsules
|Type of medicine||Tetracycline antibiotics|
|Works by||Kills the bacteria that causes chlamydia|
|Active ingredient||Doxycycline Hyclate|
|Effective within||48 hours|
|Pack size||14 Capsules|
|Manufacturer||Healthcare Pharma Ltd, Kent Pharma UK Ltd, Sovereign Medical.|
|Use with alcohol||In moderation|
What is Doxycycline?
Doxycycline is a powerful prescription-only antibiotic used for the treatment of the chlamydia trachomatis genital infection; a common (and often symptomless) STI.
Doxycycline is considered one of the best options for chlamydia treatment because of its reduced risk of bacterial resistance. This means that it’s often chosen over alternative antibiotics, such as Azithromycin. The treatment is available in both branded (Vibramycin-D) and generic tablet forms.
Got a chlamydia infection that needs to be treated? At The Independent Pharmacy, we make ordering medication as simple as possible. Just fill out a short questionnaire, purchase your medication, and you can receive your chlamydia treatment as quickly as the next working day.
How Doxycycline works
Doxycycline works by blocking the production of proteins necessary for the survival and reproduction of bacteria. Taken as prescribed, it is 95% effective in treating chlamydia.
If you are prescribed Doxycycline for your chlamydia infection, it’s crucial that you take every dose as prescribed and complete the whole course of treatment, even if your symptoms have already cleared up. When treating chlamydia, the standard course of Doxycycline is two 100mg capsules per day, for 7 days.
- It’s important to get tested for chlamydia at least once a year. You can buy chlamydia tests online, or from your local sexual health clinic.
- If you test positive for chlamydia and are prescribed Doxycycline, it’s best to inform your most recent sexual partner and begin treatment at the same time.
- Tests can take 6 weeks or more to go negative after chlamydia has been successfully treated. It is not currently recommended to re-test after you have taken treatment.
How should I take Doxycycline?
As with other antibiotics, you must finish your course of Doxycycline as prescribed, even if your chlamydia symptoms subside. This helps to prevent bacterial resistance.
When taking Doxycycline, follow these guidelines:
- Take ONE capsule TWICE daily for SEVEN days.
- Always ensure you complete the prescribed course.
- You should take Doxycycline with or after food and with a full glass of water.
- Do not have sex for SEVEN days after treatment is complete.
- Current UK guidelines state that you do not need a chlamydia test after treatment.
Be aware that Doxycycline won’t protect you from future infections, and it is recommended to avoid sexual activity during treatment to prevent reinfection or any further spread.
Each Doxycline capsule contains 100mg Doxycycline (as hyclate) as the active ingredient.
Each capsules aslo contains: gelatin, magnesium stearate, shellac glaze, sodium lauryl sulphate, starch, E104, E127, E131, E171, E172 & propylene glycol.
Doxycycline side effects
Doxycycline 100mg capsules, like all medicines, can cause some side effects. These are usually mild and do not occur in everyone. They can include:
- acid type indigestion (heartburn).
Other side effects from doxycycline are rare.
Doxycycline can cause skin sensitivity to light. This means your skin will burn much more quickly under UV light than normal. Strong sun and sun beds should be avoided whilst doxycycline is being taken. If you do go out in strong sunlight, ensure you cover your skin or wear strong sunblock.
For a full list of side effects and information about taking doxycycline, including interactions with other medication, see the patient information leaflet supplied with your treatment.
You should stop taking your treatment and see your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms that may indicate an allergic reaction:
- wheeziness or difficulty breathing.
- sudden swellings of the face, lips, throat, tongue, hands or feet.
- fast heart rate.
- low blood pressure.
- rash or itching (especially over the whole body).
- watery diarrhoea.
Do not take Doxycycline and tell your doctor, if you:
- have taken Doxycycline or any other antibiotic before and suffered an allergic reaction (e.g. rash, itching, swelling of the face, fainting and breathing problems)
- are allergic to any of the other ingredients in Doxycycline Capsules
- are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are breast-feeding
You should let your doctor know and ask their advice, if you:
- are likely to be exposed to strong sunlight or ultraviolet light (e.g. on a sunbed).
- have liver problems or are taking medicines which affect your liver.
- have severe kidney problems.
- have myasthenia gravis (a disease which causes unusual tiredness and weakness of certain muscles, particularly in the eyelid, difficulty chewing and swallowing and slurred speech).
- have porphyria (a rare genetic disease of blood pigments).
- have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) a condition characterised by a rash (especially on the face), hair loss, fever, malaise and joint pain. This condition may be worsened by taking Doxycycline.
Doxycycline should not be taken at the same time as antacids or milk as these can reduce absorption and make your medicine less effective.
What medications should I avoid when taking Doxycycline to treat chlamydia?
There are several medications that you should avoid taking while taking Doxycycline. These include:
- Blood thinners: Doxycycline may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with blood thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin) or aspirin.
- Retinoids: Doxycycline may increase the risk of skin irritation when taken with retinoids such as isotretinoin (Accutane).
- Any medication that contains calcium, aluminium, magnesium, or iron, such as antacids.
Keep in mind that the list above is not exhaustive, so it’s important that you inform your doctor or pharmacist about all the medications you are currently taking before you start your course of Doxycycline.
What happens if I miss a dose of Doxycycline?
If you miss a dose of Doxycycline, it’s important to take it as soon as you remember. However, if it’s almost time for your next scheduled dose, it’s better to skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
Missing doses can decrease the effectiveness of the medication and may prolong your recovery time. If you miss multiple doses, it’s best to inform your GP or pharmacist as soon as possible.
Always complete the entire course of antibiotics as prescribed, even if you start to feel better. This helps to ensure that the infection is completely cured and reduces the risk of resistance.
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Doxycycline 100mg Capsules FAQs
It is imperative that you refrain from sexual activity, whether it be vaginal, oral or anal, even when wearing a condom, until you and your sexual partner(s) have been tested and have completed the treatment.
Doxycycline is a seven-day course and sex should be avoided both during this seven day period and the following seven days after the course of medication has finished, so as to avoid reoccurrence.
If the medication is taken as directed, it may not be necessary to return, though you may need another chlamydia test if:
- The symptoms are still there
- You have been treated whilst pregnant
- You didn’t take the medication as directed
- You had sex before the two week period of abstinence had come to an end.
We only contact your GP if you request us to do so and only with your written consent.
However, our medical staff, who work to ethical guidelines, do recommend that you inform your doctor of this health condition and its treatment.
This medication is very effective and, if you have taken the medication in the manner directed, you may not need a follow-up chlamydia test.
When taken as directed, a full course of doxycycline or azithromycin, will clear chlamydia within seven days. Should you experience side-effects, you will need another test.
An antibiotic, doxycycline is used for the treatment of STIs (sexually-transmitted infections) and also for the prevention of malaria. It works by making the parasites or bacteria, which need to produce protein to survive, become vulnerable.
The body's immune system can then fight the infection and reduce the spread of infection.
Doxycycline needs only a low dose to treat sexually-transmitted diseases. If other antibiotics have caused side-effects, doxycycline can be prescribed as an alternative.
This could be due to several reasons:
- The symptoms could be from some other cause
- It is possible to have two or more STIs at the same time
- The symptoms may relate to an infection in the urinary tract or, in women, could relate to endometriosis
- If you have unprotected sex with someone who is infected, or not yet clear of an infection, you could become re-infected.
Antibiotics work well on sexually-transmitted infections so, if your condition has not cleared, seek advice from your local GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinic or your doctor. In this case, you may need a second chlamydia test about six weeks after the initial test.
Taking a second test too soon after the first one may give a result of positive to the infection, or be because of re-infection, so that's why you are asked to wait six weeks.
It is very important that you both abstain from sex (even with a condom) until the treatment has taken effect and to wait two weeks from the start of treatment, by which time the infection will have gone.
Missing out on one pill through vomiting shouldn’t affect the success of the medication, so continue to take all pills in the course prescribed.
Missing several pills could affect the success of the treatment.
Take the tablet as soon as you remember that you have forgotten.
However, if you don’t remember until the next day, do not take a double dose.
Having missed one pill may therefore reduce the effectiveness of the course of medication so, if you think it is possible that you might miss a day, ask for azithromycin instead.
Alcohol can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment, so do not drink any alcohol whilst on the course of medication.
Doxycycline shouldn't affect driving but, if you think you are experiencing some side-effects which could affect your capacity to drive, speak with your doctor about it.
If you are pregnant, hoping to become pregnant or are breastfeeding, make sure your doctor is aware of this, so that he can prescribe accordingly.
Simply store it at room temperature and keep it safe from children.
In the UK, it is a prescribed medication only. If you attend The Independent Pharmacy for doxycycline, you will need to complete a medical survey and have your case assessed, before doxycycline will be prescribed.