Doxycycline Chlamydia Treatment
What is Doxycycline?
Doxycycline 100mg capsules (also referred in this information as Doxycycline) is an effective clinical antibiotic that belongs to a group of medications called tetracycline antibiotics. Doxycycline may be used to treat the chlamydia trachomatis infection along with other medications such as azithromycin.
Treatment for chlamydia can come in two forms: a single dose where sex should be abstained from for 7 days after treatment, and a longer 7-day course where sex should be abstained from until 7 days post-treatment. Both variations of the medicine serve the same purpose and are equally effective when treating chlamydia.
Protection should be used during sexual intercourse with a new partner as the chlamydia infection can be passed through sexual fluids. Chlamydia infections may not be detected for up to 14 days after sexual exposure and can be harmful to both males and females. It has the potential to develop into pelvic inflammatory disease and can cause infertility in both sexes if left untreated.
If you have been tested positive for chlamydia, it is recommended that you and your sexual partner receive chlamydia treatment as soon as possible.
For more information about Doxycycline, please see the patient information leaflet.
How It Works
Genital chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is spread through sexual contact. The bacteria can be carried through fluids; this includes penis to vagina or penis to rectum contact. Those who do not practice protected sex put themselves at a higher risk of infection when with a new partner. Chlamydia can also be passed from a mother to her newborn during birth.
Doxycycline works to treat infections by preventing the growth and spread of the bacteria which is found in chlamydia. After a positive nucleic acid amplification chlamydia test, doctors will usually prescribe a course of Doxycycline to be taken daily for 7 days to treat the infection.
It is recommended to take another test around 3 months after treatment is completed and to abstain from sex until completing the course of treatment. This is because young adults who were tested positive for chlamydia had an increased risk of catching it again.
Before you take it
Most healthy adults are able to take Doxycycline, however, you should talk to your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes herbal remedies and medicines obtained without a prescription. Especially:
- Penicillin antibiotics (used to treat infections)
- Rifampicin (used to treat tuberculosis)
- Anticoagulants (tablets used to thin the blood, e.g. warfarin)
Doxycycline can be harmful in young children and is therefore unsuitable for patients under 12 years of age unless advised by a healthcare professional. Doxycycline has the potential to disrupt tooth enamel and bone development and is generally only prescribed to adults.
We do not prescribe any medications to people who are under 18 years old.
It is important for your own health and safety that if you already suffer symptoms of an allergic reaction related to Doxycycline or any other ingredient in this drug, you talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any chlamydia treatment.
The Doxycycline treatment is unsuitable for some patients. You should contact your doctor or medical professional if any of the following apply:
- You are likely to be exposed to strong sunlight (e.g on a sunbed)
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have liver problems or are taking medicines that could affect your liver
- Have an issue or sever problem with your kidney
- Have myasthenia gravis
Doxycycline is an oral medication taken in the form of a capsule for the treatment of Chlamydia. Upon diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease, the patient will be prescribed 100 mg, twice daily for 7-10 days.
It is recommended to avoid sexual contact for two weeks after initial sexual contact and also for the duration of 7 days post-treatment.
Common Side Effects of Doxycycline
Possible but less serious side effects of the Doxycycline are:
- Inflammation and/or ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract (patient may lose their appetite)
- Yeast infection around the anus or genitals
In case of serious side effects, stop taking treatment and call a doctor for symptoms such as:
- Being sick or vomiting
- Blurred vision or other visionary obscurities
- Slow or slurred speech
- Abdominal pain
It is possible that you are allergic to some of the ingredients in this medication. Please tell your doctor at once if you show signs of an allergic reaction such as:
- Skin rash
- Breathing problems
- Inflammation of the legs, arms, face, lips, throat, or tongue
- Increased heart rate
- Confusion or anxiety
If you are experiencing an allergic reaction, stop using the Doxycycline and tell your doctor right away.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Doxycycline suitable for Children?
No. Doxycycline is not recommended for use during pregnancy, infancy or up to the age of 12 years old. It has been documented that Doxycycline was a disruption to bone and tooth development.
Do I need a prescription?
Yes. Doxycycline is available via our online pharmacy. Order through the electronic prescription service after your free consultation.
I’m pregnant. Can I use Doxycycline?
Consult your doctor first before using this medication during pregnancy, breastfeeding or if you suspect you may be pregnant as Doxycycline crosses into breastmilk. Although it is unknown if the small amounts are harmful to an unborn child, a theoretical risk still exists and is therefore unsuitable for pregnant women.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget to take your prescribed dose at the right time, take your recommended amount of medicine as soon as you remember. If it is close to your next dose, skip the missed dose and your take treatment when it is next time. Continue with your regular treatment from thereon. Never double dose to make up for a missed or forgotten dose.What happens if I take too much?
It is important to not stop treatment early unless your doctor tells you to. Stopping medication prematurely increases the risk of the infection reoccurring. Always use this medication in accordance with your prescription. If you have accidentally taken more than intended or than what is recommended, please seek medical services or contact your doctor.
If you do not seem to be getting better, you should check with your doctor to ensure you are being given the correct dosage and treatment. They may alter your medication.