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Vibramycin
(doxycycline)

Duac
(clindamycin / benzoyl peroxide)

Treats bacterial infections. Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.Coming soon.
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4.27Doxycycline
Reviews for Vibramycin (doxycycline)
49%
of people (All ages) say Vibramycin (doxycycline) is worth it
36%
say it works well
24%
say it's a big hassle
112 reviews
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Side effects
DoxycyclineDuac
  • Any adverse event 40%
  • Nausea 13%
  • Vomiting 8%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Bacterial vaginitis 3%
  • Headache 2%
  • Upper abdominal pain 2%
  • Vaginal yeast infection 2%
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How it works
DoxycyclineDuac
Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is a tetracycline antibiotic. It stops bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.Coming soon.
Type of medication
DoxycyclineDuac
Prescription only
Available as
DoxycyclineDuac
  • Pill
  • Delayed release capsule
  • Liquid
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
DoxycyclineDuac
  • Acne Vulgaris
Risk factors for serious side effects
DoxycyclineDuac
  • Age 8 years or younger
  • Using oral birth control pills
  • Long antibiotic treatment period
      • Women of childbearing age
      • Women of childbearing age
      • Overweight or obese
      • Taking isotretinoin (Accutane)
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      Pregnancy

      Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Upsides and benefits
      DoxycyclineDuac
      • Available in generic.
      • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
      • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
      • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
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      Downsides and risks
      DoxycyclineDuac
      • Can't be used in pregnant women and children under 8 years old.
      • Makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.
      • Has to be taken with plenty of water and food and you have to stay upright for 30 minutes afterwards to avoid stomach irritation.
      • Can make birth control less effective.
      • Can cause diarrhea.
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      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      DoxycyclineDuac
      • Take the medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.
      • If you're using birth control pills, this medication can make them less effective.
      • Wear sunblock if you have to go out into the sun since your skin can become more sensitive to sunburn.
      • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
      • Space out any vitamins by at least two hours.
      • Take with plenty of food and liquids.
      • Don't take any medications with bismuth (Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate) while taking this medication.
      • Don't lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this medication.
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