Doxycycline Antibiotic Information
Doxycycline is a prescription antibiotic approved to treat various conditions in adults and children as young as 8 years old. Specifically, doxycycline can be used to treat conditions such as bacterial infections, acne, rosacea, and gum disease.
Although most people tolerate the medicine well, it is not suitable for everyone. Therefore, make sure to read the prescribing information on the antibiotic before starting treatment with doxycycline.
As a type of antibiotic, doxycycline works by decreasing bacteria's ability to make protein, which bacteria need to live. This activity does not directly kill the bacteria, but it does inhibit their growth and multiplication, which gives the immune system a chance to fight the infection.
Doxycycline comes in several forms, including tablets, capsules, an oral suspension (liquid), a syrup, a gel, and injections. It is typically taken once or twice a day. Some of the common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
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