doxycycline (Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox and Others)

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GENERIC NAME: doxycycline hyclate

BRAND NAME: Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox 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.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Capsules: 40, 50, 75, 100and 150 mg; Tablets: 20, 75, 100 and 150 mg. Tablets (Delayed Release): 75and 100 mg. Syrup: 50 mg/5 ml (teaspoon). Powder for injection: 100and 200 mg.

STORAGE:

  • Tablets, capsules, and syrup should be kept at room temperature 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F) in tight, light resistant containers.
  • Powder for injection should be stored at or below 25 C (77 F) and protected from light.
  • Atridox (doxycycline in a gel used for subgingival application) should be stored at 2 C to 8 C (36 F to 46 F).

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 non-gonococcal urethritis (due to Ureaplasma), Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus, chancroid, cholera, brucellosis, anthrax, syphilis, and acne.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2014



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