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Doxycycline (Chlamydia)

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Doxycycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic which can treat a vast number of infections caused by bacteria. Among the illnesses which doxycycline can treat are certain sexually transmitted infections. In fact, this medication is commonly used to treat the STI known as chlamydia.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is usually spread through sex or contact with infected genital fluids. Doxycycline is able to eliminate the infection by blocking the bacteria from producing proteins it requires to survive. At iMeds, it is easy and convenient to place an order for doxycycline if you require treatment for chlamydia. All that’s required is completing a short consultation which determines whether or not this antibiotic is appropriate for you to take.

Last PIL Review Date: 11/03/2019

See Doxycyline Patient Information Leaflet

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  • Taking doxycycline may make the contraceptive pill less effective. You should use barrier methods such as condoms if you plan to have sex whilst taking your course of antibiotics, and for a week after you've finished them.
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Please note: Brand received may vary

Doxycycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic which can treat a vast number of infections caused by bacteria. Among the illnesses which doxycycline can treat are certain sexually transmitted infections. In fact, this medication is commonly used to treat the STI known as chlamydia.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is usually spread through sex or contact with infected genital fluids. Doxycycline is able to eliminate the infection by blocking the bacteria from producing proteins it requires to survive. At iMeds, it is easy and convenient to place an order for doxycycline if you require treatment for chlamydia. All that’s required is completing a short consultation which determines whether or not this antibiotic is appropriate for you to take.

Last PIL Review Date: 11/03/2019

See Doxycyline Patient Information Leaflet

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What is Doxycycline?

Doxycycline belongs to the tetracycline family of antibiotics. These types of antibiotics are broad-spectrum, so can treat a range of illnesses, and doxycycline is sometimes even used to prevent malaria in travellers.

Tetracycline antibiotics such as doxycycline work by stopping bacteria producing proteins that they need to survive, ultimately killing the bacteria and eliminating the infection.

What is Doxycycline used for?

Due to the fact that it is a broad spectrum antibiotic, Doxycycline is used for treating a range of conditions, including:

  • Chest infections
  • Skin infections
  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Dental infections
  • STIs
  • Prevention of malaria
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis of anthrax
  • Sinusitis
  • Lyme disease
  • Chlamydia
  • Periodontitis
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever

This list of conditions isn’t exhaustive, and your GP may prescribe doxycycline to you for other illnesses depending on which treatment is best for you.

Prescribed dosages will vary depending on which condition they’re treating, but regardless of dose, you should always finish your course of antibiotics even if your symptoms have disappeared and you feel better, as this will make sure that all of the bacteria is killed and you’re clear of infection.

What are the side effects of Doxycycline?

As with most medicines, Doxycycline can cause side effects in some people. Whilst you may not experience any, it’s useful to know what you may feel as a result of the antibiotics. Common side effects reported are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Rash
  • Sensitivity to the sun
  • Hives
  • Temporary discolouration of teeth

It’s fairly normal to experience these side effects when taking doxycycline, but if you’re concerned about any, or are experiencing them to a severe degree, please contact your GP for advice.

The medication itself shouldn’t affect your ability to drive, as it is non-drowsy, but should the side effects make you feel particularly unwell, you should refrain from driving or operating machinery until you feel well enough to do so.

As with many antibiotics, doxycycline increases your risk of having thrush. If you notice any symptoms including itchiness and a cottage-cheese like discharge, you may need an antifungal medication in order to get rid of the yeast infection.

Who shouldn’t take doxycycline?

There are some groups of people that should avoid taking this particular antibiotic unless instructed by their own GP.

If you’ve previously had an allergic reaction to doxycycline, it’s highly unlikely that your GP will prescribe it to you again due to the added risks.

If you’ve been diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, using doxycycline may increase muscle weakness. It isn’t recommended for you to take the medication unless otherwise stated by your own GP.

Doxycycline may exacerbate the systematic lupus erythematosus, so please tell a doctor if you suffer with this condition, or disclose it in a patient questionnaire if ordering antibiotics online.

There are also some medicines that interact with doxycycline, either making it less effective, or affecting how the other drugs work. The most common interactions are:

  • Antacids
  • Calcium supplements
  • Iron supplements and laxatives that contain magnesium
  • Penicillin
  • Blood thinners (eg: Warfarin)
  • Barbiturates and anti-seizure drugs
  • Oral birth control pills

If you’re taking any of these medications, speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice. For example, if you’re taking oral contraceptives, you may be advised to use additional methods such as condoms to make sure you’re still protected against pregnancy.

How do you take Doxycycline?

Doxycycline should always be swallowed whole with a full glass of water, unless you’ve been prescribed dispersible tablets, in which case you should follow the instructions on the patient information leaflet.

The medication usually works straight away, though as they aren’t painkillers, you may not feel their effects for a few days.

How do I take Doxycycline for preventing Malaria?

For the prevention of Malaria, doxycycline is generally taken 1-2 days before you depart, and treatment should be continued throughout the duration of your stay and for 4 weeks after you leave.

Doxycycline isn’t always the most appropriate method of malaria prevention depending on which part of the world you’re going to, so please talk to your GP about your trip and which preventative medication is most suitable for you.

Doxycycline for rosacea

Although some doctors may prefer other methods of treatment for the chronic skin condition, many turn to doxycycline to reduce symptoms and redness.

The antibiotic is generally given at a low, anti-inflammatory dose for a few weeks until the patient’s symptoms subside. They are usually monitored whilst on the low-dose due to the risks that taking antibiotics long-term can carry. It can take a while for results to show, but your GP will advise on whether to stop treatment if you aren’t seeing an improvement in symptoms.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

Dosage instructions
Take ONE capsule TWICE daily for 7 days