Doxycycline is an antibiotic from the group of tetracyclines. This is a broad-spectrum drug, able to prevent the multiplication of micro-organisms, located in the cell. The list of pathogens that can b especially sensitive tot he action of Doxycycline is almost the same as that of Tetracycline. One of the main features of this drug is that it actively suppresses the intracellular pathogens, including chlamydia, rickettsia and mycoplasmas. The comprehensive treatment that implies a simultaneous use of such drugs as Quinine and Doxycycline, is especially effective for the treatment of such diseases as malaria. The other distinctive features of this drug include its high performance, almost full absorption and the duration of its action. As a result, the use of this drug in therapeutic dosages can be a bit less effective than the use of other antibiotics of the same group in the same dosages. The use of drug has not so bad impact on the natural microflora as the other tetracyclines. The indications fort he use of Doxycycline are different infectious diseases, caused by microorganisms and demonstrate special sensitivity to the nature of its bacteriostatic effect.
Doxycycline is available in pills and capsules. According to the instruction, its dosage, as well as the duration of treatment course, must be defined by the doctor. Moreover, the qualified doctor can develop the drug regimen together with the other medications and antibiotics. The treatment with this drug is contraindicated tot he patients, suffering from the severe kidney, liver and blood-forming system diseases, different autoimmune diseases, and to the children during the change of baby teeth, pregnant and lactating women.
Side effects and overdose with Doxycycline
It is known that all types of antibiotics for internal use– solutions, pills, suppositories or injections – are characterized by the systemic action. For that reason, Doxycycline can affect almost any organ or system of the human body (for example, cardiovascular, digestive, locomotor and nervous system. For example, the use of this drug is contraindicated to the children during the change of baby teeth (as it can destroy the tooth enamel or cause dental tartar).
In case of overdose with Doxycycline, the first thing you should do is to quickly eliminate the excesses of this drug from the patient’s body. You can do it by getting your stomach pumped or taking the activated carbon. Moreover, patient can require appropriate medical monitoring to choose and carry out the modern symptomatic therapy.