Doxycycline IV

Generic Name: Doxycycline

  • What is Doxycycline IV?

    Doxycycline IV is an antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever; respiratory tract, urinary tract, and skin infections; some sexually transmitted infections; and anthrax. It is also used with other medicines to treat infections of the intestines.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Doxycycline IV?

    Children under 8 years old and women in the last half of pregnancy should not take this medication. It may cause developing teeth to become permanently discolored. However, children under 8 may be given this drug for anthrax treatment.

    Like all antibiotics, doxycycline IV works only against bacteria. It will not cure an infection caused by a virus, such as the common cold or flu.

    Doxycycline IV may make your skin more sensitive to light. If you notice a sunburn or rash developing, tell your doctor immediately.

    As with other antibiotics, treatment with doxycycline IV may result in a growth of bacteria that do not respond to this medication and can cause a secondary infection, including a fungal infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a secondary infection occur. Doxycycline IV may have to be discontinued and another medicine started.

    Bulging foreheads in infants and headaches in adults have occurred. These symptoms disappeared when doxycycline IV was discontinued.

    Tetracycline antibiotics such as doxycycline IV can impair the bone growth of a developing baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

  • Who should not take Doxycycline IV?

    Do not take doxycycline IV if you have had an allergic reaction to doxycycline or any other tetracycline antibiotic. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions that you have experienced.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Doxycycline IV?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with doxycycline IV. Also talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have lupus, liver or kidney disease, or if you are pregnant.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate intravenous (IV) dosage for you.

    Children 8 years and older: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage based on your child's weight.

  • How should I take Doxycycline IV?

    Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection.

    Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may decrease the drug's effectiveness and increase the chances that the bacteria may become resistant to doxycycline IV and similar antibiotics. If this happens, doxycycline IV and similar antibiotics may not work in the future.

  • What should I avoid while taking Doxycycline IV?

    Avoid skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy. This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.

    You may become more sensitive to light while taking doxycycline IV. Avoid sunlamps, tanning beds, and limit your time in the sun. If you develop a skin rash or sunburn, stop taking doxycycline IV and call your doctor immediately.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Doxycycline IV?

    If doxycycline IV is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining doxycycline IV with penicillin or blood-thinning medications such as warfarin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Doxycycline IV?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, rash, difficulty swallowing, discolored teeth in infants and children (more common during long-term use of tetracycline), inflammation of the tongue, skin sensitivity to light

  • Can I receive Doxycycline IV if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Doxycycline IV should not be used during pregnancy. Doxycycline IV can damage developing teeth during the last half of pregnancy. Doxycycline IV also appears in breast milk and can affect a nursing infant. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Doxycycline IV?

    Doxycycline should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor. If you miss your scheduled dose, it is best to speak to your healthcare provider for advice.

  • How should I store Doxycycline IV?

    Your physician will store this medication.

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