What is Doxycycline?This is an oral antibiotic. It is commonly prescribed to treat multiple infections including those that are transmitted by ticks. Examples of diseases that are sensitive to Doxycycline include ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, salmon poisoning, toxoplasmosis, and leptospirosis.
What are the benefits of Doxycycline?
- Effective against multiple bacterial infections.
- Works well to fight multiple tick-borne diseases.
- Stays effective longer than tetracycline.
Formulated for:Multiple species including dogs and cats can take Doxycycline.
How is this medication given?Give Doxycycline by mouth exactly as directed by your veterinarian preferably with food to try to prevent stomach upset. Offer about a teaspoon of water or other liquid after each dose or esophageal damage may occur. Do not give with milk. Give the entire quantity of prescribed medication or symptoms can return or worsen. Call your veterinarian if you do not understand how to use this medication correctly.
How does this medication work? Doxycycline is classified as a tetracycline. It works by blocking protein production in susceptible bacteria. Without these proteins, bacteria will stop growing and will eventually die.
What results can I expect? Doxycycline is absorbed through gastrointestinal (GI) tract and can reach infected tissues by traveling through the blood stream. Once Doxycycline reaches susceptible bacteria, it works to stop its reproduction which leads to eventual death of the unwanted organism. Always complete the prescribed course of treatment or symptoms can recur or worsen.
What form(s) does Doxycycline come in? This medication is available as a capsule and a tablet.
Generic Name:Doxycycline(Common Drug Name)
Common Brand Name:Doxirobe
Dose and Administration:Give all medication orally according to your veterinarian’s precise directions. Offer with food. Each dose of medication should be immediately followed by a teaspoon of water or other liquid (not milk) in order to prevent esophageal damage. Give a dose as soon as your remember if you forget to give it but never give two doses at once. This medication should only be given to the pet it has been prescribed for.
Uses:Doxycycline treats susceptible bacterial infections including those that are carried by ticks
Possible Side Effects: Vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite have been reported. Exposure to the sun may result in blisters, pustules, or a rash. In immature animals, Doxycycline can cause yellow staining of the teeth. If used long-term, other bacterial and fungal infections may occur. Some animals may experience a true allergic reaction. Call your veterinarian immediately if your pet appears ill in any way while taking Doxycycline.
Drug and Food Interactions: Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate, warfarin, phenobarbital, and penicillins may interact with this medication. Other interactions may occur. Discuss all other medications and supplements your pet is taking with your veterinarian.
Precautions:Animals who are allergic to tetracycline cannot take this medication.
Do not give to pregnant females in the first half of pregnancy as use can alter fetal growth and permanently stain the teeth of unborn animals. Doxycycline should only be given in the second half of pregnancy under the direct supervision of your veterinarian if the benefits outweigh the risks.
Storage:Store at room temperature out of reach from children, pets, and light.
A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Doxycycline.
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