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Doxycycline is a prescription antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of infections, including chest, dental, skin, and sexually transmitted infections. It’s one of the most widely prescribed antibiotics in the United States, with millions of people taking the medication each year.

The list of conditions that doxycycline is used for is extensive. You may take it if you have acne or an eye infection or if you get an infection from contaminated water. It’s even used to prevent malaria and treat anthrax.

It comes in a variety of forms, including tablets, capsules, and dissolvable tablets that you take with water. The treatment period is relatively short, with most people beginning to feel better after a few days of starting the course of antibiotics, but it’s important to take the full course, even if you’re no longer showing symptoms.

Generic brand names for doxycycline include Vibramycin, Monodox, Oracea, Doryx, Adoxa, and Periostat.

What Is Doxycycline Prescribed For?

Doxycycline can be considered something of a miracle medication, not only because of its effectiveness but because of the sheer number of conditions that it can be used for.

It’s most commonly prescribed for people who have a chest, skin, or urinary tract infection, but it’s one of the most versatile drugs that we have; listing everything that it’s used to treat would take up a page or more. It can be used to treat people who are allergic to penicillin, too.

How Does Doxycycline Work?

Doxycycline is a type of tetracycline antibiotic. These antibiotics work by targeting the bacteria that are causing the infection and preventing them from growing.

More specifically, the medication stops the bacteria from producing the protein they need to survive. That’s how it works when it’s used as part of treatment against interior infections. For bacterial conditions like acne, it reduces the volume of bacteria on the surface of the skin.

What Are the Side Effects of Doxycycline?

Most people who take doxycycline won’t experience any serious side effects. However, as with every other type of medication, there are mild side effects that are more common.

Studies have shown that around one in ten people who take doxycycline will experience side effects to varying degrees.

The most common side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Light sensitivity
  • Bloating or indigestion
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Rash
  • Teeth discoloration

Though it’s rare, some people do experience more severe side effects. These can include:

  • Severe or bloody diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Blistered or peeling skin
  • Joint pain
  • Chest pain

If you experience any of the above contact your doctor immediately as these can be serious and require medical attention. If you experience any chest pain or difficulty breathing, then seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Doxycycline

Is Doxycycline Considered a Strong Antibiotic?

While the term “strong” is relative and somewhat misleading, because the efficacity of antibiotics is highly dependent on the type of infection and bacteria it’s being used against as well as the location of the actual infection.

But doxycycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which means it is effective against a wide range of infections. This makes it versatile for treating various kinds of infections.

What Is Doxycycline Usually Prescribed For?

As a broad-spectrum antibiotic, doxycycline can be prescribed to treat a wide range of infections such as:

  • Respiratory Infections – such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and other respiratory tract infections.
  • Skin Infections – such as acne, rosacea and cellulitis
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections – such as chlamydia, and syphilis.
  • Tick-borne Diseases – such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
  • Urinary Tract Infections – Doxycycline is not a first-line treatment for UTIs but it is used in specific cases.

What Are the Most Common Side Effects of Doxycycline?

The most common side effects of Doxycycline are nausea, headaches, light sensitivity, loss of appetite, and bloating.

Note that the mentioned side effects are just some of the most common ones. There are also more serious, less common side effects that you should be aware of. These include severe or bloody diarrhea, fever, dehydration, blistered or peeling skin, and joint pain.

For a complete overview of side effects, always read the information leaflet that comes with your medication and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

How to Take Doxycycline?

How you take doxycycline will depend on why it has been prescribed to you. Typically doses are 100mg – 200mg, taken once or twice a day. If taking more than once a day, you should take one dose when you wake up and one when you go to bed.

For some conditions, the dose will be 40 mg, taken once a day. You can take it with or without food, though it’s sometimes recommended to take it with food because it reduces the chance of nausea.

Many people begin to feel better after a few days of taking doxycycline. However, as with all antibiotics, it’s important that you complete the full course of medication.

What Is the Typical Dosage for Doxycycline?

The dosage of doxycycline depends on the condition you are using it to treat. Typically, the dosage is 100mg – 200 mg per day, taken orally. In some cases, such as for the treatment of acne or rosacea, a lower dose may be prescribed (40 mg per day).

It’s important to take the medication as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. You should not increase or decrease the dosage without consulting a medical professional first.

Who Should Not Take Doxycycline?

While doxycycline is a relatively safe antibiotic, there are certain people who should not take it such as pregnant women, breastfeeding women, people allergic to tetracycline antibiotics, and children under the age of 8.

Consult with your doctor if you are unsure whether or not doxycycline is safe for you.

What to Avoid While Taking Doxycycline?

There are some medications that will negatively interact with doxycycline. These include:

  • Other antibiotics
  • Warfarin
  • Some acne medicines
  • Ciclosporin

It’s also important to tell your healthcare provider if you’re taking supplements that include zinc, aluminum, calcium, or magnesium. You should also avoid consuming dairy products at the same time you take the medication (wait a few hours).

Also, note that the mentioned foods and medications are just some of the things to avoid while taking doxycycline. Before beginning any medication, always consult with your pharmacist or doctor for a complete list of what to avoid.

Can You Get Doxycycline Over-The-Counter (OTC)?

No, Doxycycline is not available over-the-counter. You’ll need a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider to get doxycycline.

Can You Get Doxycycline Online?

Yes, you can get an online prescription for doxycycline from DrHouse if deemed appropriate after a virtual consultation with our licensed physicians.


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The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC 

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Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.

    Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.

  • There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

  • With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
    • If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
    • Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.

    DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.

    For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.

  • With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.

  • Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.

    DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

    DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.

    In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.

    DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.