Doxycycline is one of the well known antibiotics which treats a lot of different infections caused by bacteria.
It is one of the Tetracyclines, which belong to the huge group of antibiotics.
Doxycycline is only available with a prescription from a doctor. He or she makes sure that you are healthy and able to take this medicine.
How to take Doxycycline
Always take Doxycycline capsules exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are not sure, check with your doctor.
Sexually transmitted disease: 100mg twice a day for 7-10 days
How to use Doxycycline?
Take as prescribed and consult the leaflet provided for more information.
Chlamydia belongs to the STD’s, the sexual transmitted diseases. Everyone can get it as long as he or she doesn’t use a condom to prohibit the transmission. It doesn’t matter whether you have oral, vaginal or anal sexual contact. Even sex toys are able to transmit the infection from one to another. Chlamydia is the result of an infection caused by a certain type of bacteria named Chlamydia trachomatis. This bacteria lives in the semen and vaginal fluids of infected persons.
Usually Chlamydia exists at the genitals but in case of oral or anal sex it can infect the eyes, the throat or the rectum as well.
How can I get infected?
It’s always very difficult to find out whether someone got Chlamydia or not because the disease doesn’t cause a lot of symptoms. To be sure, you need to make a medical test. But nonetheless there are a few symptoms some people recognize:
Symptoms men could recognize:
- there’s a white discharge at the end of your penis
- Possibly a burning sensation while urinating
- Sore testicles
Most of these symptoms disappear 3 days after the infection. But be careful, cause it doesn’t mean that the infection itself is gone. You could still transmit the infection to other people, therefore you should get medication against it.
Symptoms women could recognize:
- Possibly a burning sensation while urinating and a permanently needing to urinate
- White or yellow excessive vaginal discharge
- Women recognize most of the symptoms 2 weeks after the infection. But don’t having any symptoms doesn’t mean you’re not infected.
- A medical test makes sure whether you got Chlamydia or not.
Options to treat Chlamydia
Chlamydia can be medicated easily with one single course of antibiotics. The names of the most common antibiotics are Azithromycin and Doxycycline. Both treat Chlamydia the same way. The antibiotics are made to stop the bacteria from reproducing. Your immune system does the rest while fighting the bacteria itself.
95% of all people who are infected and take their antibiotics in a correct way and as long as needed, assert that they can get rid of the Chlamydia infection successfully.
The main dose for the antibiotics Azithromycin prescripted to most people who are infected with Chlamydia is two pills at once on one day.
In case of pregnancy or if your breastfeeding your baby your doctor will prescribe a different kind of antibiotic, cause antibiotics affect the immune system of babies as well. Also when you have had Chlamydia for a very long time, a different kind of antibiotics than Azithromycin could help much better.
Possible side effects of Doxycycline
Like all medicines, Doxycycline capsules can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking the capsules immediately and seek urgent medical advice if:
• you notice that your skin is very sensitive to light (you may get a skin rash, itching, redness or severe sunburn when out in sunlight or after using a sun bed).
Contact your doctor at once if the following reactions happen:
• wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, fever, sudden swellings of the face, lips, throat, tongue, hands or feet, fast heart rate, low blood pressure, rash or itching (especially affecting the whole body), pericarditis (inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart)
• swollen tongue, watery diarrhoea, fever and cramps (pseudomembranous colitis), soreness and itching around the back passage and/or genital areas, inflammation around the vagina, or thrush of the vagina or mouth
• worsening of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects or notice any other effects not listed:
• Blood: altered numbers of certain types of blood cells, you may notice that you bruise easily, have nose bleeds, or suffer from infections and sore throats, porphyria (sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, inflammation of nerves and stomach pains).
• Glands and hormones: discolouration of thyroid tissue (does not affect thyroid function).
• Central nervous system: headache, increased pressure in the skull (severe headaches, blurred and/or double vision, blind spots), permanent loss of vision, bulging fontanelles (soft spot on head) of infants.
• Ears: tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears).
• Gastrointestinal tract: stomach pain, loss of appetite, feeling or being sick, heartburn, diarrhoea, difficulty swallowing, sore or painful tongue or mouth, inflammation and/or ulcers of the gullet, discolouration or underdevelopment of teeth.
• Liver: changes in liver function tests, inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), jaundice (yellowing of the skin or white of
the eyes), liver failure and inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
• Skin: severe skin reactions such as erythema multiforme (circular, irregular red patches), Stevens-Johnson syndrome (rash with flushing, fever, blisters or ulcers), toxic epidermal necrolysis (reddening, peeling and swelling that resembles burns), detachment of the nail from the finger bed.
• Muscles and bones: muscle or joint pain.
• Kidneys: an increase in urea in the blood.
A more detailed list of side effects can be found in the patient information.
The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from the PDF-version from this website because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged or the medicine is from another brand.