Effective antibiotic Doxycycline

People suffering a variety of bacterial infections are often prescribed Doxycycline as an effective treatment. This drug has been successfully used since the 1960s when it was first invented under the name Vibramycin. The drug received its FDA approval in 1967. This versatile ‘take one a day’ antibiotic is also used to treat other conditions such as sinusitus, chlamydia, syphilis and prostratis. It has also been used to treat malaria, acne and gum disease. Doxycycline belongs to the tetracycline group of antibiotics.

If you are pregnant, it is not advisable to use Doxycycline as it may cause harm to the fetus. Doxycycline is excreted into breast milk and can affect dental and bone development of a fetus. Therefore do not breastfeed while using Doxycycline without first consulting your doctor. This drug has also been known to reduce the efficacy of oral contraceptives. To avoid falling pregnant while using Doxycycline, it is advisable to use an additional form of birth control.

Doxycycline should not be used if you are allergic to any of its components. It can also cause a bad reaction if taken in conjunction with certain other medications, so be sure your doctor is informed of all medications you are using, including herbal and over-the-counter remedies and vitamin supplements. Doxycycline should be used with caution by patients who have kidney or liver problems. Doxycycline is not to be used by children younger than eight years of age – it has been known to cause discoloration of the teeth and can affect the child’s growth adversely.