Vibramycin® (doxycycline) is a prescription medication used to treat or prevent several bacterial infections, including anthrax infections and malaria. This antibiotic comes in several strengths and is available as a liquid or as capsules. As capsules, Vibramycin is available in the following strengths:
Vibramycin Hyclate 50 mg capsules
Vibramycin Hyclate 100 mg capsules.
Vibramycin decreases 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 the capsules well, Vibramycin is not suitable for everyone. Before using this medication, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking (including vitamins, supplements, and non-prescription medications). Possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
(Click Vibramycin for a more in-depth look at how this medicine works for treating or preventing various bacterial infections. This article also discusses potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and important information 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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