How Does Doxycycline Work?
Doxycycline works quickly to kill bacteria that can cause a number of infections in the body. It prevents bacterial protein synthesis, meaning it ultimately stops bacteria from multiplying and spreading. If you’re using this medication to prevent or treat malaria, doxycycline will kill the parasite responsible for causing the illness. Similarly, if being used to treat acne, the treatment will reduce the amount of bacteria on the skin and eventually clear up the problem.
How To Take Doxycycline
Doxycycline must be taken at the same hour each day for as long as it has been prescribed, and not in greater or smaller quantities than recommended. For malaria, it is important to follow the treatment plan exactly to ensure that you are fully protected from the disease. It is recommended that the tablets are taken while standing, with food and a large glass of water or milk.
Side Effects of Doxycycline
It is unusual to experience side effects when taking this medication. However some users may experience dizziness, vomiting, stomach pains and inflammation. In some cases, it can also make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. If you are allergic to doxycycline, you may experience swelling of the face, tongue or throat – it is vital that you contact a doctor immediately if this happens.
Patient Information Leaflet
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment. Patient information can be found here.