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Doxycycline hyclate is part of a class of drugs called tetracyclines. It decreases bacteria's ability to make protein, which the bacterium needs to live. By affecting the protein of bacteria, the drug helps stop bacteria from continuing to live and cause infection in the body.
For treating gum disease, doxycycline hyclate actually works to inhibit an enzyme in the saliva known as collagenase.
Considerations for people taking this drug include the following:
- The medication comes as a capsule, tablet, gel, or injection. It is usually taken once or twice a day, depending on your healthcare provider's instructions and the particular product.
- It works best when taken without food. However, some products can be taken with food if stomach upset occurs. Make sure to refer to the instructions for your specific product.
- It is important to take doxycycline hyclate with plenty of water (or other fluids) while in an upright position, in order to prevent the medication from irritating the throat.
- Doxycycline hyclate should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level of the medication in your system.
- For the drug to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Make sure that you complete your entire prescription of doxycycline hyclate, even if you start feeling better. This will ensure that the infection is completely treated.
There is conflicting information available about the possibility of an interaction with milk and doxycycline hyclate. While it is clear that doxycycline hyclate is less likely to interact with milk than other tetracyclines, researchers have not reached a definitive conclusion about whether or not milk might reduce the effectiveness of doxycycline hyclate.
Most sources state that it is probably not a problem to combine doxycycline hyclate with milk.