doxycycline (Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox, Acticlate, Doryx, and others)

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GENERIC NAME: doxycycline hyclate

BRAND NAME: Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox, Acticlate, Doryx, and others

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Doxycycline is a synthetic (man-made) antibiotic derived from tetracycline. Doxycycline works by interrupting the production of proteins by bacteria. It is effective against a wide variety of bacteria, such as Hemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia psittaci, Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoea, and many others. The FDA approved doxycycline in December 1967.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Doxycycline is used for many different types of infections, including respiratory tract infections due to Hemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, or Mycoplasma pneumoniae. It also is used for the treatment of:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/13/2015



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