A guide to the anti-acne antibiotic "doxycycline" including patient precautions, side effects, and usage tips.
Doxycycline is one of the antibiotics in the tetracycline family but it is
more commonly prescribed to teenagers who eat frequent meals.
Tetracycline must be taken on an empty stomach in order to be effective at reducing acne lesions.
Doxycycline however, can be taken with food which is much more convenient for the lives of most young adults.
Doxycycline has been placed on the "Category D" list by the FDA and it should not be taken while pregnant since it can cause damage to the unborn fetus.
The possible side effects of doxycycline include mild nausea, increased sensitivity to the sun, vomiting, diarrhea, and mild headaches.
If you experience any severe side effects such as migraine headaches, intense cramps, jaundice (skin or eyes turning yellow), or blurred vision, you should stop taking doxycycline and consult with your doctor or dermatologist.
I took doxycycline for about 6 months and I had some success with my acne condition. I did experience mild nausea when I didn't take the medication with food. Sometimes the pill would get stuck in my throat if I didn't swallow it with a lot of water. This would later cause me to cough up some of the powder contained within the caplet.
I'm sure that doxycycline would have worked better for me, but I was never consistent about taking the pills since I felt as if I would be taking them for years and years without drastic improvements in my skin.
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