Doxycycline is a prescription antibiotic used to treat several conditions, including acne. Doxycycline may be prescribed to adults and children (as young as 8 years old) who have moderate to severe acne. It is thought to help control acne by curbing the growth of bacteria and reducing inflammation.
Doxycycline is part of a class of drugs called tetracyclines. It 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.
Although most people tolerate doxycycline well, it is not suitable for everyone. Make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and non-prescription medicines), as well as any other medical conditions you may have.
(Click Doxycycline and Doxycycline Uses for a complete overview of using this product for acne treatment and for treating other various conditions. These articles also discuss how doxycycline works, potential side effects, and safety concerns to be aware of before using this medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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