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Vibramycin (doxycycline)

Prescription only

Clindesse (clindamycin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Vibramycin (doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a sunburn or rash.

3.2/ 5 average rating with 112 reviewsfordoxycycline
Treats bacterial vaginal infections with a single dose.

Clindesse (clindamycin) treats vaginal infections and is very easy to use.

Upsides
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) is a good alternative for some types of bacterial infections for people who are allergic to penicillin.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available as a liquid for those who have trouble swallowing.
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) is safe for people age 65 or older and those who have kidney problems.
  • Very easy to use and works within a few days.
  • Generic available, so cost is lower.
  • Doesn't have many side effects.
  • You can stand up and walk around right after you use it, so you can use it at any time of day.
Downsides
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) can make some birth control less effective, so you may have to use barrier methods (like condoms) while on it.
  • Vitamins, iron supplements, or antacids can't be taken at the same time as Vibramycin (doxycycline).
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) can cause severe diarrhea that is usually watery and bloody, as late as up to 2 months after finishing the medicine.
  • Can cause yeast infections in some women.
  • After using Clindesse (clindamycin), must avoid sex and using tampons for 7 days.
  • Can very rarely cause severe diarrhea.
  • Cannot be used if you have bowel diseases like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Delayed release pill
  • Liquid
  • Cream
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Reviews
112 reviews so far
49%
saidit'sworth it
36%
saiditworked well
24%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Vibramycin (doxycycline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
5possible side effects
  • Yeast infection
    14%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Back pain
    5%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Bladder infection
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Color changes in teeth of young children and unborn babies
    • Age 8 or younger
    • Women in their last half of pregnancy
    • Infants
  • Severe diarrhea
    • Using Vibramycin (doxycycline) for a long period of time
  • Sunburn or rash
    • Being in the sun for a long period of time
    • Using tanning salons
  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)
    • Women who can potentially or want to become pregnant
    • Pregnant women
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  • Allergy alert
    • Known allergy to clindamycin
    • Known allergy to lincosamides
  • Severe diarrhea
    • History of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea
    • Crohn's disease
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Regional enteritis
  • Weakened condoms and vaginal diaphragms
  • Safety in girls who haven't started puberty
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