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Doxycycline Hydrochloride

Doxycycline Hydrochloride

What is doxycycline?

Doxycycline oral tablet is a prescription drug that’s available as the brand-name drugs Acticlate, Doryx, and Doryx MPC. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name version.

Doxycycline tablets come in immediate-release and delayed-release forms. Doxycycline also comes in two other oral forms: capsule and solution. In addition, doxycycline comes in a solution for injection, which is only given by a healthcare provider.

Why it's used

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections. These can include some sexually transmitted diseases, skin infections, eye infections, respiratory infections, and more. It is also used as an add-on treatment for severe acne and to prevent malaria in people who plan to travel to areas with certain strains of malaria.

This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.

How it works

Doxycycline belongs to a class of drugs called tetracyclines. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

This drug works by blocking a bacterial protein from being made. It does this by binding to certain units of the protein. This stops the protein from growing and treats your infection.

How to take doxycycline

This dosage information is for doxycycline oral tablet. All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • how severe your condition is
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

The dosage information below is for the conditions that this drug is most often prescribed to treat. This list may not contain all conditions that your doctor can prescribe this drug for. If you have questions about your prescription, talk with your doctor.

Highlights for doxycycline

Doxycycline oral tablet is available as both a generic and brand-name drug. Brand names: Acticlate, Doryx, Doryx MPC.

Doxycycline comes in three oral forms: a tablet, a capsule, and a suspension. It also comes as a solution for injection, which is only given by a healthcare provider.

Doxycycline oral tablet is used to treat infections and severe acne. It’s also used to prevent malaria.

Storage

Store this drug at room temperature between 69°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C).

Keep this drug away from light.

Don’t store this medication in moist or damp areas, such as bathrooms.

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