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Please note: This product comes in boxes of 50 capsules. For ease of ordering and cost effectiveness for you, we sell them as weekly supplies depending on the number of weeks being spent in risk areas. For this reason, you will receive split packaging and not full boxes.
Doxycycline is an antibiotic from the tetracycline family, used to treat many bacterial infections but also effective for malaria prevention. It is one of the cheaper preventative treatments however needs to be started 2-3 days prior to travel and
How to take doxycycline
For prevention of malaria, doxycycline must be taken at a dose of 100mg (one capsule) daily, starting 1-2 days prior to travel and continued for 4 weeks after returning. It is important to swallow each doxycycline capsule whole with a glass of water. It is best to take your capsules at the same time each day, when standing or while sitting. If your stomach is upset, Doxycycline capsules can be taken with milk or a meal.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding you should not use doxycycline and speak to your doctor.
Taking doxycycline can make your skin more prone to reactions from sunlight including sunburn. It is therefore advised to wear long clothing and a high protection sun screen whilst taking doxycycline.
Antibiotic related colitis
If you develop severe or prolonged or bloody diarrhoea during or after using doxycycline tell your doctor immediately since it may be necessary to interrupt the treatment. This may be a sign of bowel inflammation (pseudomembranous colitis) which can occur following treatment with antibiotics.
You should not take doxycycline if you suffer from Myasthenia Gravis or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Also known as just Lupus) as it may cause worsening of these conditions.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Doxycycline can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking your medicine and tell your doctor immediately, or go to accident and emergency (or 999) if you notice any of the following symptoms. Although the symptoms are very rare, they may be severe allergic reaction - sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, chest pain, fever, sudden swellings of the face, lips, tongue, throat, hands or feet, rash or itching (especially affecting the whole body).
Before purchasing, please ensure you read the manufacturers Patient Information Leaflet carefully for more detailed information. You will be required to fill out a safety questionnaire prior to purchasing.