Doxycycline for Rosacea
If you have rosacea, a healthcare provider may prescribe doxycycline. However, the medicine is approved only to treat the inflammatory lesions (acne-like bumps) of rosacea. It is not useful for treating the redness of rosacea. The low doxycycline dosage used to treat rosacea is below the antibacterial dosage used to treat infections.
Only one doxycycline product (Oracea®) is approved for treating rosacea. The recommended dosage is one Oracea 40 mg capsule once daily in the morning on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after a meal. Using this drug for rosacea treatment is approved for adults and children as young as 8 years old.
Make sure to take doxycycline with plenty of water (or other fluids) while in an upright position, in order to prevent the medication from irritating the throat. Make sure that you complete your entire prescription of doxycycline, even if you start feeling better. This will ensure that the infection is completely treated.
(Click Doxycycline Uses and Doxycycline Dosage for more detailed information on treating rosacea with doxycycline. These articles also discuss other possible uses of doxycycline and offer tips on when and how to effectively use this antibiotic.)