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Vibramycin

(Doxycycline)

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Treats bacterial infections.

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

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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.

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  • 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.
  • 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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Side effects for Vibramycin (Doxycycline)

From clinical trials of Doxycycline / Any condition (200 mg) ( 246)

  • Any adverse eventAny adverse event40% for Doxycycline vs.0% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea13% for Doxycycline vs.0% for placebo
  • VomitingVomiting8% for Doxycycline vs.0% for placebo
  • DiarrheaDiarrhea3% for Doxycycline vs.0% for placebo
  • Bacterial vaginitisBacterial vaginitis3% for Doxycycline vs.0% for placebo
  • HeadacheHeadache2% for Doxycycline vs.0% for placebo
  • Upper abdominal painUpper abdominal pain2% for Doxycycline vs.0% for placebo
  • Vaginal yeast infectionVaginal yeast infection2% for Doxycycline vs.0% for placebo

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

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

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.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Vibramycin (Doxycycline)

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Alcohol
  • Cleared up my spots incredibly well. HOWEVER, LOTS OF SIDE EFFECTS: - Made me vomit when not taken on a full stomach. - Consistently gave me thrush whenever I had sex (not good if you have a boyfriend or have sex regularly). - Made me me likely to feel nauseous when drinking alcohol.
    Age: 19
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Acne
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  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Has to be taken with plenty of water and food and you have to stay upright for 30 minutes afterwards to avoid stomach irritation.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take with plenty of food and liquids.
Sex
  • Cleared up my spots incredibly well. HOWEVER, LOTS OF SIDE EFFECTS: - Made me vomit when not taken on a full stomach. - Consistently gave me thrush whenever I had sex (not good if you have a boyfriend or have sex regularly). - Made me me likely to feel nauseous when drinking alcohol.
    Age: 19
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Acne