Doxycycline is an antibiotic that is used to prevent malaria or traveller’s diarrhoea in areas where Mefloquine and Chloroquine are resistant. When it comes to malaria, it is extremely important to take an anti-malarial to prevent or treat malaria, because it can be fatal if no precautions are taken. However, it is important to be aware of the side effects of Doxycycline – which is also used for the treatment of bacterial infections, such as acne, lung, eye, urinary tract, and many more.
The dose regimen to prevent malaria, is usually once daily, to be taken two days before entering a malaria zone, then should be continued once daily during your stay, and for four weeks after returning from a malarious region.
Doxycycline is much cheaper than other anti-malarials in the market. However, it does tend to have slightly more side effects and interactions than the other anti-malarials.
Possible Doxycycline side effects include:
If any of the above reactions are experienced then the medication should be stopped and a doctor should be consulted immediately. For a full list of Doxycycline side effects see the patient information leaflet.
The most common interactions with taking Doxycycline are:
This medication SHOULD NOT be taken if the patient:
Doxycycline is not known to cause drowsiness, and is therefore considered safe when driving or operating machinery.
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