Vibramycin Warnings and Precautions
To help ensure a safe and effective treatment process, warnings and precautions for Vibramycin should be fully reviewed with your healthcare provider. For example, you may not be able to safely use Vibramycin if you have certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease, frequent yeast infections, or liver failure. Warnings also apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and to people who have certain allergies.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Vibramycin?You should talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking Vibramycin® (doxycycline) if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Frequent yeast infections
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Any other allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Vibramycin Precautions and WarningsSome precautions and warnings to be aware of prior to taking Vibramycin include the following:
- Vibramycin may cause permanent discoloration of teeth in infants and young children. In most situations, this antibiotic should be avoided in children under the age of 8 years old and during pregnancy.
- Vibramycin is considered a pregnancy Category D medicine. This means that there is significant risk to an unborn baby. If you are pregnant, discuss these risks with your healthcare provider before using Vibramycin (see Doxycycline and Pregnancy for more information). In some rare situations, it may be appropriate for a pregnant woman to take this medication.
- To avoid damage to the esophagus while taking Vibramycin, make sure to take the medication with plenty of fluids. Do not take this medication lying down, and do not lie down immediately after taking this medication. These measures are necessary to make sure that the Vibramycin capsule does not accidentally stick in your throat, where it could cause significant irritation and damage.
- Let your healthcare provider know if you experience bloody or watery diarrhea. While diarrhea is a common side effect of antibiotics, bloody or watery diarrhea may be a sign of a serious reaction to antibiotics that can occur when certain bacteria (Clostridium difficile) overgrow in the colon. This severe reaction can occur long after you stop taking the antibiotic and can lead to life-threatening complications.
- Antibiotics have been known to cause increased pressure in the skull. This usually stops when the antibiotic is discontinued. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following symptoms while taking Vibramycin:
- Blurred vision
- Vibramycin can interact with certain medications (see Vibramycin Drug Interactions).
- If you have kidney disease or severe liver disease, your healthcare provider may choose to give you a lower-than-normal dose of Vibramycin or not prescribe the drug at all.
- If you are breastfeeding, it is known that Vibramycin passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, make sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking Vibramycin (see Doxycycline and Breastfeeding).
- While taking antibiotics such as Vibramycin, other infections have been known to occur (vaginal yeast infections, etc.). If you notice symptoms unrelated to your original condition, talk to your healthcare provider.
- Skin reactions that resemble serious sunburns may occur if you are exposed to sunlight while taking Vibramycin. Try to avoid unnecessary sunlight exposure while taking this antibiotic. If sunlight exposure is unavoidable, cover as much of your skin as possible (long sleeves, long pants, or a hat), and use a sunscreen with a rating of SPF 45 or higher.