Available in a daily tablet form, doxycycline is often prescribed to treat chlamydia infection in both men and women. This sexually transmitted infection is the most common in the UK and can go on to lead to complications with the reproductive system.
Doxycycline is used as a chlamydia treatment, to rid the body of the bacteria that causes the illness. This allows men and women to enjoy full sexual health without the fear of complications within the reproductive system.
How Does Doxycycline Work To Treat Chlamydia?
Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic; all members of this class interfere with the ability of the bacteria to make new cell walls. This means that it restricts the ability of the bacteria which cause Chlamydia to grow and reproduce, therefore resolving the infection completely.
Bacterial resistance is uncommon, but as with most antibiotics the resistance rate is increasing.
Who Can Take Doxycycline?
Doxycycline is commonly prescribed to treat Chlamydia, sinus infections, acne, rosacea and to prevent malaria. Generally speaking all fit adults are able to take doxycycline unless there is a history of specific allergy.
Who Should Not Take Doxycycline?
Doxycycline should not be taken by people who may be allergic to other tetracyclines such as oxytetracycline or minocycline. People with severe liver or kidney dysfunction should also avoid the medicine, or take a reduced dosage.
The medicine is also not usually suggested for pregnant or breast-feeding women, or children under the age of 8.
How To Take Doxycycline
For sufferers of chlamydia, you will usually be offered a course of 100mg tablets twice a day for a week. This is a higher dose than that generally prescribed for doxycycline for the treatment of other conditions. You should ensure that you take the tablet for the fully prescribed course, even if you feel better or symptoms disappear. Occasionally in severe infections a longer course of 10 days duration is necessary to completely clear the infection up.
Doxycycline is most effective when the level of medicine in your body is kept consistent. To do this, ensure that you take the tablets approximately 12 hours apart, at the same time every day.
Doxycycline should be taken on an empty stomach, particularly avoiding milk and milk products for 30 minutes after taking the tablets. This is because doxycycline reacts with milk to form an insoluble compound in the stomach, preventing absorbtion and transport to the site of the infection.
Doxycycline Side Effects
Side effects of doxycycline are uncommon and usually disappear soon after you begin taking the tablet. However, some mild side effects have been reported. These include diarrhoea, a cough, nausea, headaches, loss of appetite and insomnia. If these side effects persist or if you are concerned about them, contact your doctor.
Women should also note that taking doxycycline can decrease the effectiveness of some contraceptive pills, so barrier protection such as condoms should be employed whilst taking the tablet.
The tablet can also cause increased skin sensitivity to the sun – patients who are using doxycycline should apply high factor sun cream and avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
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