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Doxycycline is classified as a tetracycline antibiotic. Antibiotics such as doxycycline have many applications in modern medicine and are effective at treating bacterial infections. Some of the common infections treated with doxycycline are urinary tract infections, eye infections, and intestinal infections. Doxycycline is often used in the treatment of periodontitis, skin conditions such as acne, bumps, lesions from rosacea, and common blemishes, as well as for sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. The drug is also prescribed in some forms as a treatment for anthrax or to prevent malaria.


As the uses for doxycycline are wide and varied, different methods of delivery are available, and directions for taking with food or without vary dependent upon your condition and treatment, you should consult with your physician regarding usage and dosage.


All drugs carry the potential of causing side effects while using, and as such doxycycline may cause any number of side effects. Common side effects seen with this drug are:

  • Sensitivity to Sun
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hives and/or Rash

Each patient is unique, so it is not possible to know which, if any, side effects any particular patient will experience. As a general rule, if any of the above or any additional side effects are experienced, and you feel they are increasing in intensity or persisting, seek medical assistance.

Severe Side Effects and Symptoms List:

All of the side effects and related symptoms listed below are considered potentially serious in nature and if experienced you should get medical treatment immediately.


Possible symptoms of antibiotic-associated diarrhea may include:

  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Bloody Diarrhea
  • Severe Diarrhea
  • Stomach Cramping/Pain
  • Weight Loss
  • Loss of Appetite

Possible symptoms of high blood pressure inside the skull may include:

  • Vision Loss
  • Double Vision
  • Blurred Vision
  • Headache

Possible symptoms of extreme irritation of the esophagus or ulcers in the esophagus may include:

  • Burning in the Chest
  • Pain in the Chest

Possible symptoms of pancreatitis may include:

  • Upper Abdomen Pain
  • Pain In Abdomen (that shifts to your back or becomes more egregious after eating)
  • Fever


There may be many diseases, conditions, or drugs used that would constitute a contraindication for the use of doxycycline; thus, anyone planning or considering use of this drug must first undergo a full medical review with their primary care physician.

A partial list of some of the conditions, etc. of which the use of doxycycline may be contraindicated is provide below for your convenience:

  • Pregnancy
  • Problems with Food Passing Through Esophagus
  • High Pressure within the Skull
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Clostridium Difficile Infection
  • Allergic to Tetracyclines
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