Doxycycline hyclate is often prescribed for the treatment of common bacterial infections. The antibiotic is also licensed to treat anthrax infections and acne, and can be used to help prevent malaria. By decreasing bacteria's ability to make protein, the medicine can help stop bacteria from continuing to live and cause infection in the body. The drug has not been approved for use in children under the age of 8.
What Is Doxycycline Hyclate?
Doxycycline hyclate (doxycycline hydrochloride hemiethanolate hemihydrate) is a prescription antibiotic medication that is licensed to treat a number of common bacterial infections. It is made by several different manufacturers.
Some uses for doxycycline hyclate include:
- Treatment of bacterial infections, including:
- An alternative for malaria prevention
- Treatment of anthrax infections (including cutaneous anthrax, gastrointestinal anthrax, and inhalational anthrax)
- Acne treatment
- Treatment of rosacea
- Treatment of periodontitis (gum disease).
Doxycycline hyclate has not been approved for use in children under the age of 8.
(Click Doxycycline Uses for more information about each specific use.)
How Does Doxycycline Hyclate Work?
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.