Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection



Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection
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Treats bacterial infections.

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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.


  • 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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  • 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.
How it works

Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is a tetracycline antibiotic. It stops bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.

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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Delayed release capsule
  • Liquid

What to expect when you take Vibramycin (doxycycline) for Infection

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Side effect rates for Vibramycin (doxycycline)

246 From clinical trials of Doxycycline / All (200 mg)
  • Any adverse event
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bacterial vaginitis
  • Headache
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Vaginal yeast infection

Risks and Warnings for Vibramycin (doxycycline)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 8 years or younger

    This medication can cause changes in the color and development of teeth in fetuses and in children younger than 8 years old. Your doctor will recommend alternative medications.

Common concerns from people taking Vibramycin (doxycycline)

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  • Start taking it with food then slowing start taking later and later after eating, as to avoid nausea. Don't take it right before bed. It works better without food, but take with lots of water, not just a sip.
  • Eat a good sized meal about 15 minutes before taking doxycycline and it'll stop you from getting extremely nauseous. 👍