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Doxycycline - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Doxycycline cause?

  • Nausea or upset stomach. Take the medication with meals or a light snack.
  • Diarrhoea, itching of the rectum or vagina, sore mouth or skin rash. If symptoms are severe or persist for more than two days, contact your doctor.
  • Sun sensitivity. You are advised to adequately protect your skin from the sun e.g. with sunscreen. 

Before taking Doxycycline, what precautions must I follow?

  • Doxycycline should not be taken by young children, pregnant women or nursing mothers. Contact doctor if you are pregnant while taking doxycycline.
  • Certain medications such as antacids (containing aluminum or magnesium) or calcium-, iron- or zinc-containing products may decrease the absorption of doxycycline. So, take doxycycline 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking them.
  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist before taking other medicines while you on it.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Doxycycline?

Doxycycline - Additional Information

Read on to learn about the use of Doxycycline for the treatment and prevention of Malaria.

​Click here for more information on Doxycycline used as Antibiotics.

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