Doxycycline for the Treatment of Acne

Acne results from the adverse effects of skin bacteria, propionibacterium acnes on the pilosebaceous units on the face. It causes destruction of the lining of the hair follicle and an inflammation occurs. It is enhanced due to the overgrowth of the bacteria. Doxycycline is one of the most commonly recommended oral antibiotics for acne. It is a derivative of tetracycline antibiotic and is taken in moderate to severe cases of acne. Doxycycline is the generic name and is sold under the name of Vibramycin and few other brand names and one can buy Doxycycline online without the need of prescription.

The efficiency of the drug decreases if it is taken along with some other medications. One should avoid the intake of iron and calcium supplements and antacids along with it. It also causes sunburn, so patients are advised to use sunscreen and avoid sunlight when taking this drug. Pregnant women should not go for this drug as it can have adverse effects on the fetus. Also, lactating women should not take this medicine as it can affect the growth of the baby and can cause swelling of the brain and some bone problems. One should drink plenty of water or liquids when having it and always take it with a glass of water. Side-effects include itching, facial swelling, fever, cramps, rashes, sunburn, severe diarrhea, hives, fainting, vaginal itching etc. It can have serious effects on the respiratory system causing breathing problems, asthma, shortness of breath, dizziness, joint pain, dark colored urine, jaundice etc. In such a condition immediate medical attention is required. There are a number of medicines with react with this drug. They are cholesterol-lowering medicines, Accutane, Pepto-Bismol, Warfarin and Penicillin etc.

One must take the drug for the full prescribed period and must store away from moisture and heat. Expired medicine should be disposed as early as possible. One should not take an extra dose for the missed dose otherwise it can result in kidney problems. An overdose can cause nausea and vomiting and requires urgent medical attention. It is not meant for children and if taken can cause permanent yellowing of teeth. It is available in single doses, suspension, and syrup and also in the powder form which can be injected. Generally a dose of 50 mg or 100 mg twice everyday is recommended by the physician but if the dose exceeds it can cause vomiting and diarrhea. It is advisable to take the drug with the meal to avoid nausea. So, one must go for this drug to kill acne completely.