- Treats Chlamydia
- 1 Week course
- Treats men and women
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Doxycycline 7-day treatment for Chlamydia
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection in the UK that shows relatively few symptoms. If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to a number of complications such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and even Infertility. Fortunately, Chlamydia is easy to treat with antibiotics such as Doxycycline given as 2 capsules every day for a week.
You can buy Doxycycline chlamydia treatment online from Medicine Direct if you have recently tested positive for chlamydia and need treatment. Our 7 day course of Doxycycline will typically clear chlamydia and its symptoms in just 7 days.
What is Doxycycline?
Doxycycline is an antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It belongs to a group of medicines called tetracycline antibiotics.
Doxycycline capsules are the primary treatment for the sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia. A one-week course of treatment with this antibiotic is normally enough to clear the infection in both men and women.
You cannot buy Doxycycline capsules unless they have been prescribed for you.
What is Doxycycline used to treat?
This antibiotic provides effective treatment for a number of bacterial infections.
Doxycycline is recommended as the primary treatment for chlamydia due to the decreased chance of bacterial resistance. Chlamydia treatment with this medicine normally consists of taking 2 capsules daily (14 capsules in total) over a period of 7 days. Doxycycline is also used to treat gonorrhoea and other sexually transmitted infections.
Furthermore, Doxycycline can be used to treat or prevent various other types of infections, including:
- Tick fever
- Travellers’ diarrhoea
- Ear infections
- Kidney and bladder infections
- Skin infections
- Respiratory infections
It is also prescribed to treat some cases of acne.
How does Doxycycline work for chlamydia?
Tetracycline antibiotics like Doxycycline work to treat infections by stopping the harmful bacteria from producing the proteins they need to survive and spread in your body.
By stopping these essential proteins from being produced, the bacteria cannot function in the body and your immune system is able to fight off the infection.
The table below shows the usual recommended doses for adults to treat the following conditions:
100mg twice a day for 7-10 days
These doses may differ for children.
Your doctor may prescribe you a different dose than the ones listed here. It is very important that you always take the exact dose your doctor has prescribed for you.
Do not stop taking this antibiotic until your course of treatment is complete, even if you start to feel better before this.
How to take Doxycycline
- Swallow Doxycycline capsules whole with a drink of water.
- Doxycycline can be taken with or without food, but you should try to take the capsules at the same time each day. If you have an upset stomach, try taking the medicine with a meal.
- Take the capsules while standing or sitting up straight. Do not lie down for at least half an hour after taking Doxycycline; this will allow the medicine to move to the stomach as quickly as possible and prevent oesophageal irritation.
- If you are taking Doxycycline to treat an STI, do not have sex until you know that the infection has cleared.
Always take your medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Read the patient information leaflet before you start taking Doxycycline. Here you will find comprehensive instructions.
Who can use Doxycycline?
This antibiotic should only be taken by adults and children who are over 12 years of age.
Inform your doctor if you have any of the following, as Doxycycline may not be suitable for you:
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems or you are taking any medication that affects the liver
- You have had an allergic reaction to Doxycycline or other medicines in the past
- It is likely you will be exposed to strong sunlight/ultraviolet light
- Myasthenia gravis
- Inflamed food pipe (oesophagitis)
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
Doxycycline can stain developing teeth and bones. Therefore, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take this medication. For the same reason, it should not be given to anyone under the age of 12.
Common side effects of Doxycycline
The most common side effects of Doxycyline include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to sunlight
More information on can be found on our side effects tab, we also recommend reading the patient information leaflet for a full list of common, serious and adverse side effects.
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Doxycycline.
Always read the instructions and advice within the information leaflet that will accompany your medication.
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at the same time and do not take an extra dose to make up for missing one.
You should always ensure you complete the prescribed course to make certain the bacteria has been fought properly.
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Doxycycline Side Effects
Serious adverse effects are rare and happen in less than 1 in 1,000 people, but you should still call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Diarrhoea that contains mucus or blood
- Dark urine or pale stools
- Yellow skin, yellowing in the whites of the eyes (could be a liver problem)
- Joint or muscle pain
- Unexplained bruising or bleeding, sore throat, high temperature or feeling unwell (possible signs of blood problems)
- Fingernails coming away from the base
- Ringing of the ears
- Swollen mouth, lips or tongue
- Severe stomach pains, with or without vomiting or diarrhoea
- Difficulty in swallowing or pain when swallowing
- Acid reflux, smaller appetite or chest pains which worsen when you eat
- Severe headaches, problems with your vision
It is quite common for people to have an allergic reaction to Doxycycline and, in rare cases, this can lead to anaphylaxis.
If you experience any of the below, you should either go to A&E or call 999:
- A skin rash which may blister, peel, swell, redden or itch
- Difficulty in breathing or talking
- Tightness in the chest or throat
- Swelling of the mouth, tongue, throat, face or lips
Please refer to the patient information leaflet which will come with your medicine for the full list of possible risks.
Doxycycline Warnings and Drug Interactions
If you are taking any other medicines, you should also tell your doctor as certain medications interact with Doxycycline.
Be sure to inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines before you start to use Doxycycline:
- Iron supplements
- Other antibiotics
- Stomach ulcer medicines that contain bismuth
- Indigestion remedies (antacids)
- Acne medicines containing vitamin A
- Warfarin (blood thinners)
- Supplements containing bismuth, calcium, magnesium or zinc, aluminium
- Epilepsy medicines, such as phenytoin or carbamazepine
There are no known issues with combining this medicine with herbal remedies and supplements, but you should still inform your doctor or pharmacy if you are taking any.
If you require a typhoid vaccination while using this antibiotic, you will be given it via injection by your doctor as the oral vaccine may not work properly.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Doxycycline is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Always talk to your docotr if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to conceive before taking any medication.
You can find additional information on the BUMPS website.
The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Doxycycline hyclate
For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics
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- 1 Choose your treatment Select the treatment or medication you need and answer a few questions online regarding your condition.
- 2 Online consultation Our Independent Prescribers will review your questions and assess your suitability for the medication.
- 3 Receive your delivery Your medication is dispensed and delivered directly to you from our UK based Pharmacy.