Doxycycline 100mg Capsules are available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help prevent malaria. To find out more about malaria and see all the available treatments, see our Online Doctor Malaria page.
What is Doxycycline?
Doxycycline is an antibiotic. It has multiple uses as an antibiotic, ranging from chest infections to acne. However, it can also be used to prevent and treat Malaria.
Whether it’s the appropriate Malaria treatment for you will depend on various factors:
- Is it the appropriate treatment for your destination(s)?
- My medical history – current conditions & medicines.
- Have you had Malaria prevention treatment in the past?
The Malaria parasite is carried by Mosquitoes and passed onto humans through their saliva when they bite. Not all Malaria parasites are the same, in fact there are four distinctive kinds. Certain drugs will be effective against one kind but ineffective against another, which is why opting for the correct treatment is imperative.
For Example, Thailand recommends ‘DOX’ (Doxycycline) or ‘AP’ (Atovaquone/Proguanil aka Malarone). This means we known the strain of Malaria present in this region isn’t resistant to Doxycycline or Malarone, making these two options the appropriate choices.
You can check the malaria requirements for your desination using our Interactive Travel Map – just select your destination to get all the travel health information you need for your trip.
How does Doxycycline work?
When it is being taken for the prevention of Malaria, Doxycycline is used in its own. Doxycycline prevents the development of the Malaria causing parasites in the blood. This means that if you are bitten by a mosquito infected with Malaria, the parasite will be destroyed before it has the chance to replicate and cause infection.
How much Doxycycline will I need?
You start taking it 2 days before you enter the malaria area. It’s then taken for the duration of your stay and continued for 4 week after departing. So, if you’re going away for 2 weeks to a country or region where Doxycycline is recommended, you’ll need 44 capsules.
- Start taking 2 days before entering Malaria zone = 2 capsules
- 2 weeks stay (14 days) in the Malaria zone = 14 capsules
- Continued for 4 weeks (28 days) after leaving the Malaria zone = 28 capsules
- Therefore, 2 + 14 + 28 = 44 capsules
When Doxycycline is purchased from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor, we do all the maths for you – all you need to do is select your trip length and we will do the rest!
Doxycycline is taken once daily. It needs to be started 2 days before travel and continued for 4 weeks after returning.
Please read the Patient Information Leaflet for side effects and additional information
Pharmacist Tip: Doxycyline is not suitable during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Any side effects experienced can usually be helped by taking the capsules with or after food. Doxycycline can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight leading to sunburn and it reduces the effectiveness of contraceptives, so be sure to take adequate care during and after the course.
Use insect repellents containing 50% DEET; these are the most effective repellents. Apply them to all exposed areas of skin and reapply frequently to prevent mosqutio bites.