Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic. It fights bacteria in the body.

Doxycycline is used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as acne, urinary tract infections, intestinal infections, eye infections, gonorrhea, chlamydia, periodontitis (gum disease), and others.

Doxycycline is also used to treat blemishes, bumps, and acne-like lesions caused by rosacea. Doxycycline will not treat facial redness caused by rosacea.

Some forms of doxycycline are used to prevent malaria, to treat anthrax, or to treat infections caused by mites, ticks, or lice.

Doxycycline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guideLAN13381

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  • Acticlate, Adoxa, Alodox, Avidoxy, Doryx, Monodox, Morgidox, NicAzel Doxy 30, Ocudox Convenience Kit, Oracea, Oraxyl, Targadox, Vibramycin
  • Applies to doxycycline: oral capsule, oral capsule delayed release, oral capsule extended release, oral powder for suspension, oral syrup, oral tablet, oral tablet delayed release

    Other dosage forms:

    subgingival kit
    In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by doxycycline (the active ingredient contained in Avidoxy). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking doxycycline:

    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach tenderness
    bloating
    clay-colored stools
    cough
    dark urine
    decreased appetite
    diarrhea
    diarrhea, watery and severe, which may also be bloody
    difficulty with swallowing
    dizziness
    fast heartbeat
    feeling of discomfort
    fever
    headache
    hives, itching, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    hives or welts, itching, or rash
    increased thirst
    inflammation of the joints
    joint or muscle pain
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    loss of appetite
    nausea and vomiting
    numbness or tingling of the face, hands, or feet
    pain
    redness and soreness of the eyes
    redness of the skin
    sore throat
    sores in the mouth
    stomach cramps
    stomach pain or tenderness
    swelling of the feet or lower legs
    swollen lymph glands
    tightness in the chest
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    unusual weight loss
    yellow eyes or skin
    Some of the side effects that can occur with doxycycline may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Incidence not known
    Back, leg, or stomach pains
    black, tarry stools
    bleeding gums
    blood in the urine or stools
    blurred vision
    bulging soft spot on the head of an infant
    change in the ability to see colors, especially blue or yellow
    chest pain, discomfort, or burning
    chills
    cracks in the skin
    decrease in vision
    difficulty breathing
    discoloration of the thyroid glands
    double vision
    general body swelling
    heartburn
    increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
    loss of heat from the body
    lower back or side pain
    nosebleeds
    pain or burning in the throat
    pain with swallowing
    painful or difficult urination
    pale skin
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin
    red, swollen skin
    redness or other discoloration of the skin
    redness, swelling, or soreness of the tongue
    scaly skin
    severe nausea
    severe stomach pain
    severe sunburn
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or tongue or inside the mouth
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    vomiting blood
  • Doxycycline (oral tablet, oral capsule, oral delayed release capsule, injectable powder for injection, oral powder for reconstitution, oral syrup, oral delayed release tablet, oral and topical kit, oral kit) Please confirm that the medication forms on the dosage document(s) above are relevant for the specific drug you are interested in.
  • Acne

    Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body. Minocycline is used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, skin infections, severe acne, gonorrhea, tick fever, chlamydia, and others. Minocycline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.