A healthcare provider may prescribe doxycycline to treat several conditions, such as bacterial infections, acne, rosacea, or gum disease. This medication is approved for use in adults and children as young as 8 years old.
Doxycycline comes in several strengths and forms. While there are several types of capsules, tablets, and injections for doxycycline products, the medication also comes in the form of a syrup and an oral suspension. Doxycycline liquid is available in the following forms and strengths:
- Doxycycline 50 mg per 5 mL syrup (Vibramycin®)
- Doxycycline 25 mg per 5 mL powder for oral suspension (Vibramycin®).
As a type of tetracycline, 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.
Liquid doxycycline 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 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 for more information on how the liquid and other forms of this medication can help treat several conditions. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)