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Doxy-Caps

Generic Name: doxycycline
Brands: Adoxa, Doryx, Doxy-D, Monodox, Periostat, Vibra-Tabs, Vibramycin


What is the most important information I should know about Doxy-Caps?

· Take all of the Doxy-Caps that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated.

· Children younger than 8 years of age should not take Doxy-Caps. Doxy-Caps can cause permanent tooth discoloration and adversely affect growth.

· Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours of taking Doxy-Caps. These products may decrease the effectiveness of Doxy-Caps.

· Doxy-Caps may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. Use a second method of birth control while taking Doxy-Caps to ensure protection from unintended pregnancy.

· Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or artificial UV light (e.g., tanning beds). Doxy-Caps may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, and severe burning may result. Wear protective clothing and sunscreen if exposure to the sun is unavoidable.

 

What is Doxy-Caps?

· Doxy-Caps is a tetracycline antibiotic. It fights bacteria in the body.

· Doxy-Caps is used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, acne, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, periodontitis (gum disease), and others.

· Doxy-Caps may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

 

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Doxy-Caps?

· Before taking Doxy-Caps, tell your doctor if you have other medical problems, especially liver disease. You may not be able to take Doxy-Caps, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during therapy.

· Vibramycin syrup contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause an allergic reaction in susceptible individuals. Do not use Vibramycin syrup without first talking to your doctor if you have a sulfite sensitivity.

· Doxy-Caps is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that it is known to be harmful to an unborn baby. Doxy-Caps may affect bone and tooth development in the developing baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

· Doxy-Caps passes into breast milk and may affect bone and tooth development in a nursing infant. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

 

· Children younger than 8 years of age should not take Doxy-Caps. It can cause permanent tooth discoloration, and it can affect growth.

 

How should I take Doxy-Caps?

· Take Doxy-Caps exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

· Take Doxy-Caps with a full glass of water (8 ounces). Adequate water should be taken with each dose to prevent irritation of the esophagus.

· Shake the suspension well before measuring a dose.

· To ensure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid forms of Doxy-Caps with a dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.

· Doxy-Caps may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. Milk and other dairy products should be avoided, unless otherwise directed by your doctor, as they may decrease the absorption of the medication. Instructions regarding Doxy-Caps use may vary by manufacturer. If you need to take Doxy-Caps with milk, talk to your pharmacist to verify if your particular prescription should be taken with dairy products.

· Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours of taking Doxy-Caps. These products may reduce the effectiveness of Doxy-Caps.

· Take all of the Doxy-Caps that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated.

· It is important to take Doxy-Caps regularly to get the most benefit.

· Throw away any unused Doxy-Caps when it expires or when it is no longer needed. Do not take any Doxy-Caps after the expiration date printed on the bottle. Expired Doxy-Caps can cause a dangerous syndrome resulting in damage to the kidneys.

· Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.

· Symptoms of a Doxy-Caps overdose include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

 

What should I avoid while taking Doxy-Caps?

· Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or artificial UV light (e.g., tanning beds). Doxy-Caps may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.

· Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours of taking Doxy-Caps. These products may reduce the effectiveness of Doxy-Caps.

· Throw away any unused Doxy-Caps when it expires or when it is no longer needed. Do not take any Doxy-Caps after the expiration date printed on the bottle. Expired Doxy-Caps can cause a dangerous syndrome resulting in damage to the kidneys.

 

What are the possible side effects of Doxy-Caps?

· If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Doxy-Caps and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:     ·an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);     ·severe headache, vision changes, or confusion;     ·liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue); or     ·blood problems (fever, fatigue, easy bruising or bleeding).

· If you experience any of the following less serious side effects, continue to take Doxy-Caps and talk to your doctor:     ·nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;     ·increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight;     ·swollen tongue; or     ·vaginal yeast infection.

· Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

 

What other drugs will affect Doxy-Caps?

· Before taking Doxy-Caps, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:     ·cholestyramine (Questran) or colestipol (Colestid);     ·an antacid such as Tums, Rolaids, Milk of Magnesia, Maalox, and others;     ·a product that contains bismuth subsalicylate such as Pepto-Bismol;     ·minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and over-the-counter vitamin and mineral supplements;     ·carbamazepine (Tegretol, Carbatrol, Epitol);     ·phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek);     ·didanosine (Videx);     ·a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);     ·sucralfate (Carafate);     ·a barbiturate such as phenobarbital, mephobarbital (Mebaral), secobarbital (Seconal), or pentobarbital (Nembutal);     ·a penicillin antibiotic such as amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox, others), penicillin (BeePen-VK, Pen-Vee K, Veetids, others), dicloxacillin (Dynapen), carbenicillin (Geocillin), oxacillin (Bactocill), and others; or     ·methoxyflurane (an inhaled anesthetic gas used during surgery).

· You may not be able to take Doxy-Caps or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.

· Doxy-Caps may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. Use a second method of birth control to ensure protection from unintended pregnancy while taking Doxy-Caps.

· Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Doxy-Caps. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has additional information about Doxy-Caps written for health professionals that you may read.


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