Uses of Alodox
Doxycycline is a prescription medication used to treat certain bacterial infections and to prevent malaria infections. Doxycycline treats bacterial infections of the lungs, respiratory tract, skin, genitals, and urinary tract. Doxycycline is also used to treat Lyme disease, anthrax, and acne. It may also be used by your dentist to treat periodontitis (inflammation within the mouth).
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Before taking doxycycline, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:
- have had an allergic reaction to doxycycline (Doryx and Oracea), or other tetracycline antibiotics such as minocycline (Solodyn)
- take anticoagulants (blood thinners), carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenytoin (Dilantin), vitamins, oral contraceptives, or antacids
- have kidney or liver disease
- have diabetes
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
How should I take Alodox (doxycycline)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take doxycycline with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking doxycycline.
Most brands of doxycyline may be taken with food or milk if the medicine upsets your stomach. Different brands of doxycycline may have different instructions about taking them with or without food.
Take Oracea on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
You may open a Doryx capsule or break up a Doryx tablet and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Drink a full glass (8 ounces) of cool water right away.
Do not crush, break, or open a delayed-release capsule or tablet. Swallow the pill whole.
You may need to split the Acticlate tablet to get the correct dose. The tablet is scored so you can break it apart easily.
Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
If you take doxycycline to prevent malaria: Start taking the medicine 1 or 2 days before entering an area where malaria is common. Continue taking the medicine every day during your stay and for at least 4 weeks after you leave the area. Use protective clothing, insect repellents, and mosquito netting around your bed to further prevent mosquito bites that could cause malaria.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Doxycycline will not treat a viral infection such as the flu or a common cold.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using doxycycline.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label has passed. Using expired doxycycline can cause damage to your kidneys.
What should I avoid while taking Alodox (doxycycline)?
Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours before or after taking doxycycline.
Avoid taking any other antibiotics with doxycycline unless your doctor has told you to.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Doxycycline can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Tetracyclines are excreted in human milk. Because of the
potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from doxycycline, the use
of doxycycline hyclate in nursing mothers is contraindicated. (See WARNINGS