Doxycycline is a broad-spectrum tetracycline-class antibiotic used in the treatment of infections caused by bacteria and certain parasites.
Doctors advise against using doxycycline if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like diarrhea, a stomach or intestinal infection, a history of lupus, or the blood disease porphyria.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Being an antibiotic doxycycline cannot be used for treating viral infections common cold and flu. So, you must avoid contact with people who have viral infections.
Some patients using antibiotics have reported extreme stomach cramps which are followed by bloody or tarry stools. If you notice this, then contact your physician immediately.
Constant usage of doxycycline has led to a re-infection which is more severe than the first. Hence, doctors will constantly monitor your condition closely while using doxycycline.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using doxycycline to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using doxycycline as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.