Oracea

Generic Name: Doxycycline

  • What is Oracea?

    Oracea is an antibiotic medicine (tetracycline-class) used to treat only the pimples or bumps on the face caused by a skin condition called rosacea. Oracea may not lessen the facial redness caused by rosacea.

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

    Oracea should not be given to infants and children 8 years or younger. It may cause stained teeth in infants and children. The yellow, gray, brown colored staining is permanent.

    Oracea should not be used for the treatment of infections.

    Taking Oracea may increase your risk for developing discolored skin, scars, teeth or gums.

    While taking Oracea, tell your doctor if you develop watery or bloody stools, or experience headache or blurred vision. In addition, developing joint pain, fever, rash, or general illness may indicate a severe adverse reaction. If these symptoms occur, you should stop taking Oracea and seek medical help.

    Birth control pills may not work as well when taken with Oracea. Speak to your doctor about other methods of birth control when you are taking Oracea.

    While taking Oracea, avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps. Oracea may cause you to get severe sunburns (photosensitivity). Your doctor may advise you stop taking Oracea if you develop sunburn.

    It is not known if Oracea is safe for use >9 months.

  • Who should not take Oracea?

    Do not take Oracea if you are allergic to any medicine known as a tetracycline, including doxycycline and minocycline, or any of the ingredients of Oracea. Do not take Oracea if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or planning to father a child; Oracea may harm your unborn baby. Do not take Oracea if you are breastfeeding because it passes into your breast milk and may harm your baby.

    Oracea should not be given to infants or children 8 years old or younger.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking to avoid an interaction with Oracea. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history or predisposition to yeast or fungal infections, are allergic to doxycycline or tetracyclines, if you have had an allergic reaction to doxycycline or other medicines known as tetracyclines, are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or planning to father a child, are breastfeeding, have kidney or liver problems, have had surgery on your stomach, have or had a yeast or fungal infection in your mouth or vagina, or spend time in sunlight or artificial sunlight (such as a tanning booth or sunlamp).

  • 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: One 40-milligram Oracea capsule once daily in the morning on an empty stomach.

    Oracea should not be used in infants or children 8 years old or younger.

  • How should I take Oracea?

    Take Oracea in the morning, unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor. Take Oracea on an empty stomach, preferably at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Take Oracea with a full glass of water while sitting or standing. To prevent irritation to your throat, do not lay down right after you take Oracea.

  • What should I avoid while taking Oracea?

    While taking Oracea, avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunlamps.

    Do not take Oracea with or right after taking antacids or products containing calcium, aluminum, magnesium, or iron.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Oracea?

    If Oracea is taken 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 Oracea with any of the following: antacids containing calcium, magnesium, or aluminum; barbiturates; bismuth subsalicylate; blood thinners (anticoagulants) such as warfarin or Coumadin; carbamazepine; isotretinoin; iron products; methoxyflurane; oral contraceptives; phenobarbital; phenytoin; proton pump inhibitors; or psoriasis or acne medicines

  • What are the possible side effects of Oracea?

    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: coughing; darkening of skin, scars, teeth, or gums; diarrhea; dizziness; double vision; increased blood pressure; light sensitivity; nasal congestion; rash; runny nose; sinus infection; severe headaches; sneezing; sore throat and nose

    If you notice any of the following, stop taking Oracea and notify your doctor: skin rash, redness or severe sunburn, swelling, difficulty swallowing, tightness in your throat, stomach cramps, high fever and bloody diarrhea, joint pain, or if you become pregnant

  • Can I receive Oracea if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not take Oracea if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, planning to father a child, or are breastfeeding. Oracea may harm your unborn baby. Do not take Oracea if you are breastfeeding because it passes into your breast milk and may harm your baby.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Oracea?

    If you miss a dose of Oracea, skip that dose and take the next scheduled dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Oracea?

    Store at room temperature away from light in a tightly closed container.

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