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Medication to Treat Infections Caused by Bacteria and Protozoa

Doxycycline is an antibiotic. It is a semisynthetic tetracycline. The drug is used in the treatment of mild to moderate infection caused due to certain susceptible organisms. It is used in treatment against gram positive and gram negative bacteria.  Other organisms are rickettsia, spirochetes, chlamydia and mycoplasma. Along with bacteria, the medicine is useful to treat disease caused due to protozoa. It is include in the list of WHO’s essential medicines that are most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. It is commercially used since 1967.

How does Doxycycline works?

Doxycycline treats a number of types of infections caused by Bacteria and protozoa. It is a semisynthetic tetracycline derivative with somewhat similar antimicrobial activity. Doxycycline passes through the lipid layer of bacteria. It binds to the 30s ribosomal unit in the bacterial cell. This inhibits the synthesis of protein in the cell of bacteria. Protein is essential for the growth of cell. Without the protein the bacteria cannot grow, multiply and increase their number. This makes bacteria week and eventually die. Thus the spread of the infection stops.

How to take Doxycycline?

Doxycycline is available in the form of capsule of strength 100mg. It is an oral medicine.

Adult dosage – The usual dose is 200mg/day [As a single or divided dose]. This should be followed by a maintenance dose of 100 mg/day.

The dose depends on.

  • Your age.
  • The condition being treated.
  • How server your condition is?
  • Other medicine condition you have.
  • How you react to the first dose.

Method of administration.

The capsule is asked to swallow with plenty of liquid. It is better to take the medicine before going to bed for the night. This may reduce the risk of esophageal irritation and ulceration. In case of gastric irritation take the capsule with food or milk.

What are the uses of Doxycycline?

Doxycycline is used to treat many kinds of infections caused by bacteria and protozoa. They are discussed below.

  • Acne like lesions caused by rosacea.
  • Urinary tract infection.
  • Intestinal infection.
  • Eye infections.
  • Gum disease.

Some forms of Doxycycline are used to prevent other infections like

  • Infections caused by mice, ticks or lice.
  • With other medicines to treat certain amoeba infections.

What are the precautions in taking Doxycycline?

Certain precautions can help you decrease the risk of side effects and provide safety. Discuss with your doctor if you have / are;

  • Darken color of your skin, nails, and eyes.
  • Darken color of your teeth, gums or scars.
  • Diarrhea after 2 months or more after you stop taking this medicine.
  • More sensitive skin to sunlight than normal to sunlight than normal causing skin rash, itching server sunburn. When you being to take this medicine.
  • History of intracranial hypertension.
  • Inform your doctor about medicine you are taking.
  • Don’t take antacids or any other product that contains iron.
  • Tell your doctor if you allergic to Doxycycline or other ingredient in the capsule.
  • The drug may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal pills. Use other form of birth control.
  • Not recommended in babies or children up to 8 years of age.

Cost Doxycycline [generic & Brand]

There is no major difference between brand and generic Doxycycline, except the price. Both contain same active ingredient Doxycycline hyclate. The cheap price of our generic medicines is due to the cost saving measures by Rx 2 go pharmacy. Buying in bulk from manufacture, no commission etc. reduce the cost. This allows us to sell cheap generic medicine to you.

Cost of Generic Doxycycline hyclate.

Pack of 60 capsules of 100 mg costs $24, per unit cost is $0.4.

Cost of Brand Vibramycin.

Pack of 60 capsules of 100 mg costs $ 731.48, per unit cost is $ 12.19.

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