Serious and Rare Reactions to Doxycycline
Rare Doxycycline Side Effects
Rare doxycycline side effects occur in less than 1 percent of people taking the drug. Because these side effects are so uncommon, it is difficult to tell whether they are actually caused by the medication or by something else.
Some of these rare side effects include but are not limited to:
- Allergic reaction
- Liver damage
- Vision changes
- Irritation of the esophagus (esophagitis)
- Ulcers of the esophagus
- Increased pressure in the skull (intracranial hypertension)
- Worsening of systemic lupus erythematosus symptoms (SLE for short or lupus)
- Increased rate of red blood cell destruction (hemolytic anemia)
- Reduced amount of platelets in the blood (thrombocytopenia)
- Tongue swelling (glossitis)
- Serious intestinal infection (enterocolitis)
- Vaginal yeast infection.
Doxycycline Side Effects: A Summary
It is possible that you may experience some or none of the doxycycline side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand whether you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any problems. Also let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect, he or she will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.