Doxycycline 100mg Capsules
- First-Line Treatment for Chlamydia
- Twice Daily Dosage lasting 7 days
- Easy to take
Doxycycline 100mg Capsules
Doxycycline is an antibiotic that is prescribed for the effective treatment of bacterial infections such as Chlamydia. Doxycycline is a diverse medication that is also used to treat those that suffer from respiratory tract infections whilst also taken by those seeking anti-malarial medication.
Doxycycline is now the first-line treatment for chlamydia infection as per the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
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What is Doxycycline and what does it do?
Doxycycline (sometimes referred to as doxycycline hyclate) is a tetracycline antibiotic that you can buy online at Cloud Pharmacy. Its function is to attack bacteria in your body. It is mainly prescribed for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Doxycycline is able to treat and cure chlamydia, non-specific urethritis and ureaplasma in a single course for the majority of people. As it is a more gradual form of treatment, it is also much less likely to cause side effects, but effective in treating stubborn bacterial infections.
Doxycycline can also be prescribed for non-sexual conditions, such as Rosacea, and can even be prescribed to help treat malaria.
Doxycycline works by targeting the infected area, preventing the bacteria from growing the essential protein that it needs to live and spread.
What is Doxycycline used for?
Doxycycline is a versatile tetracycline antibiotic that has multiple applications. It is commonly used to treat sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia but is also prescribed for:
- Skin conditions - Rosacea
- Respiratory/chest infections
- Tooth or mouth infections
- Anti Malarial
If you want to use doxycycline for malaria prevention, speak to your doctor or pharmacist to check that it is suitable for the country you are going to. In certain countries, other antimalarials may be more effective. Cloud Pharmacy offers a range of anti-malarial medications.
Doxycycline and pregnancy
Doxycycline is not recommended when pregnant or breastfeeding - it will only be prescribed in rare cases. If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding, and thinking about buying doxycycline, speak to your doctor first who might be able to advise alternative options. Cloud Pharmacy cannot provide treatment for you if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
Doxycycline reviews are mixed, with some people stating that they had no side effects, whereas others saying that they have experienced side effects.
Most people note that they eat while taking doxycycline to avoid side effects and make sure that they do not lie down afterwards. Most reviewers are satisfied that doxycycline cleared up their infection - it actually is more effective than other antibiotics.
Doxycycline is also favoured by reviewers for antimalarial use, as it has fewer side effects than other antimalarial tablets.
Doxycycline and alcohol
When taking doxycycline 100mg, you should avoid the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol speeds up the body’s elimination of doxycycline and, thus, can cause the medication to work sub-optimally
Can I buy Doxycycline over the counter?
Doxycycline 100mg tablets is a prescription-only medication (PoM). At Cloud Pharmacy, we have pharmacists on hand that are able to prescribe this medication following a short consultation with delivery possible the very next day for those that live in the UK, in discreet packaging.
Doxycycline dosage for chlamydia
One Doxycycline 100mg capsule is to be taken twice daily for 7 days in order to treat Chlamydia infection. You must make sure to avoid sunbeds and direct sunlight for the duration of your course.
How to take Doxycycline
Doxycycline tablets should be swallowed whole with a drink of water. You should be in an upright position when taking doxycycline and for a while after, as it can severely irritate your throat or stomach if you take it while lying down.
You can take doxycycline with food or without. You might find that you feel nauseous if you take doxycycline without food - if you do experience this, try to remember to take it with food. It is best to take doxycycline at the same time each day (to help you remember). Taking before or after a meal generally helps with this.
It is important to remember that when taking your course of doxycycline, you should avoid direct sunlight and sunbeds.
When to take Doxycycline
If you have more than one dose, spread them out evenly. For instance, take a tablet first thing in the morning when you wake up and in the evening. However, don’t take doxycycline immediately before going to bed, as it can irritate your throat and stomach and may lead to interrupted sleep.
Doxycycline should be taken for as long as your doctor or pharmacist has recommended. You may start feeling better shortly after starting your course of doxycycline, but always make sure to complete a prescribed course of medication to realise the best results regardless of whether you are feeling better or not. If you stop taking doxycycline early, you could risk other adverse symptoms or even a resurgence of the infection.
If you are using doxycycline to reduce the risk of catching malaria, you should start taking it two days before going to an area where malaria is present. Continue taking it while you are in the area and for four weeks after leaving. Make sure that you remember to take doxycycline for the prescribed period of time - if you stop taking it early, your body may still be susceptible to malaria.
If you accidentally take an extra dose of doxycycline, carry on with your tablets as usual and monitor yourself for side effects. If you experience any serious doxycycline side effects, speak to your pharmacist or doctor immediately. Never double up on a dose of doxycycline. If you forget to take a pill, skip that day and continue as usual.
Doxycycline half life
The doxycycline half-life is 16 to 22 hours. This means that it takes 16 to 22 hours for half of the contents of doxycycline tablets to leave your body. For doxycycline 100mg to be completely cleared from your system, it will normally take 5.5 X (16 to 22 hours). This equates to anywhere between 88 to 121 hours.
Doxycycline side effects
One of the reasons that Doxycycline is so commonly prescribed is the fact that it's able to treat infections effectively without often causing side effects, however, it still is a prescription medication, so side effects are still possible.
If you experience any common side effects, it isn't usually cause for concern. However, it is important to be aware of the side effects associated with doxycycline and seek medical help if they worsen or don’t go away.
Common side effects of doxycycline
Common side effects include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to sunlight
Most people who take doxycycline 100mg experience a certain degree of sunlight sensitivity. You might find that you burn more easily while taking this medication. This is particularly prudent to remember if you are taking it for antimalarial purposes and are in a hot country.
To combat this, wear suncream on your skin with as high an SPF as possible. Also, make sure that you are covered with loose, light clothing. You should also apply protective lip balm. Do not use sunbeds.
Serious side effects of Doxycycline
Serious side effects of doxycycline are rare, but it is important to be aware of them. If you experience any of these, contact your doctor immediately. If you can’t reach your doctor, go to A&E.
- Diarrhoea with blood or mucus, or any diarrhoea that lasts for more than four days
- Unexplained bruising anywhere on your body, or unexplained bleeding such as nosebleeds. These doxycycline side effects could indicate an issue with your blood
- Fever, unwell feeling and a sore throat can also suggest blood issues
- Ear problems, such as ringing or buzzing
- Noticeable body aches or muscle or joint pains
- Indications of liver problems, such as pale stools and dark urine, yellowing of your eyes or yellowing of your skin
- Vision problems or bad headaches. These could indicate that there is some pressure around your brain, especially if they are accompanied by vomiting
- Acid reflux, pain when you swallow, a sore throat, a sore throat or chest pain. These can indicate oesophagitis or an ulcer, particularly if you have taken a dose of doxycycline while lying down or have laid down shortly after
- Sore mouth, lips or tongue, or any swelling
- Pancreatitis symptoms, including bad stomach pain and severe nausea and vomiting
Allergic reactions to doxycycline are quite common with over 1% of patients that use the medication experiencing an allergic reaction. If you have allergies to any other medications, consult your doctor before taking doxycycline. If you experience the following symptoms, go to A&E (make sure to take your medication with you):
- Swelling in the face area, including the lips, throat, tongue and mouth
- Issues with breathing or talking
- Tightness around the chest and throat
- Skin rash, particularly if it is swollen, itchy and blistered
Doxycycline drug reactions
If you are taking any other medicines, including any prescription medication, over the counter treatments, herbal remedies or supplements, consult your doctor before taking doxycycline. It is known to react with the following medications (please note, this is not an exhaustive list):
- Iron supplements
- A number of different antibiotics
- Warfarin (a blood thinner)
- Phenytoin and carbamazepine (epilepsy medication)
- Ciclosporin (medicine to prevent an overreaction of your immune system)
- Isotretinoin and other acne medications
- Medicines with bismuth (normally used to treat stomach ulcers)
- Supplements with the following ingredients: calcium, zinc, magnesium, aluminium, or bismuth
What is Chlamydia?
It is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by Chlamydia Trachomatis which can affect men and women. It can be found in the genitals, anus, throat or eyes. It is spread through unprotected sex. Using a condom can reduce the risk of catching it.
How common is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted disease in the UK, with over 200,000 patients testing positive every year. Young people in the 15 - 24 age group are particularly at risk, which is why annual screening is recommended for anyone who is sexually active and under 25.
However, chlamydia affects people of all ages and a recent report by the Health Protection Agency showed that the number of people over 50 who are diagnosed with an STI like chlamydia has doubled in the past ten years.
If you have had unprotected sex with a partner who could have chlamydia you should get tested for chlamydia.
Can Chlamydia be Cured?
Chlamydia is treated with the antibiotic doxycycline. Chlamydia treatment kills the chlamydia bacteria and it is highly effective.
How long does Chlamydia take to cure?
It takes 1 full week of treatment to be effective. You should avoid any sexual contact both with or without a condom during your treatment time, as you could still be contagious.
If you are under the age of 25 a chlamydia test is recommended 3 months after you finish your treatment.
Is "The Clap" the same as Chlamydia?
Does Chlamydia go away by itself?
Untreated Chlamydia won’t go away by itself and can do more harm to your body. If Chlamydia is left untreated in women, it can spread to the womb and causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is a major cause of infertility, miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.
If Chlamydia is left untreated in men they are at risk of complications of Chlamydia such as orchitis (swollen testicles), reactive arthritis, and infertility. Chlamydia treatment is easy and the infection is curable.
Cloud Pharmacy offers a discreet home test that includes the lab costs, the urine container and the pre-paid envelope. You will receive your results by text message, normally within 72 hours of sending off your sample.
How long does it take to show symptoms of Chlamydia?
Up to 50% of men and 70% of women do not show symptoms of the infection. It can take one to three weeks for the symptoms to develop, however they can occur months later. You can have no symptoms but still carry the infection and have the ability to infect others.
How long will it take for me to get a positive test if I have caught Chlamydia?
It can take up to 2 weeks for a positive Chlamydia test to show, therefore we recommend people wait at least 10 days from their unprotected sexual encounter before testing. This will help to prevent false readings in the test results and ensure you get an accurate diagnosis.
I have taken antibiotics for Chlamydia but my symptoms have not cleared
There are many reasons why you maybe experiencing persistent symptoms. These could include:
- You have another underlying sexually transmitted infection (STI) at the same time. This will need further investigations or tests. Gonorrhoea commonly occurs in conjunction with Chlamydia.
- You have an unrelated infection e.g. a lower urinary tract infection or endometriosis.
- On rare occasions the strain of bacteria can be resistant to the antibiotics and further treatment is required.
Another chlamydia test may be required but this will have to be performed after 6 weeks. Any earlier and the test will present a positive result from the initial infection.
In the case of failed treatment or unresolved symptoms you should see your GP or visit your local GUM clinic.
Do I have to tell my partner or previous sexual partners?
It is important you tell your current partner and other sexual partners within the last 6 months if you have been tested positive for chlamydia because:
- They may not know they have an infection and can spread it to others.
- If it is left untreated it can lead to serious complications such as infertility.
- Chlamydia treatment is easy, simple and the infection is curable.
We understand that this may be a difficult conversation, however it is very important you tell your previous sexual partners if you have been diagnosed with Chlamydia to allow them to be tested and treated.
How long after taking Chlamydia treatment does it take for symptoms to clear?
Chlamydia antibiotics, Azithromycin or Doxycycline, usually clear symptoms quickly. Pain on passing urine and discharge normally clear within a week, however pelvic or testicular pain can take two weeks to pass. Menstrual irregularities should improve by the next cycle. Any symptoms that persist may be an indicator of failed treatment, if this occurs you should see your doctor or local sexual health clinic for further treatment.
Is it best for both partners to get Chlamydia treatment at the same time?
Yes, it is important to treat both sexual partners for Chlamydia if they have had sex because one partner untreated or partially treated can re-infect the other. After treatment you need to abstain from sexual activity for one week. This includes genital, oral and anal sex even with a condom.
How do I use Doxycycline for Chlamydia?
Take one Doxycycline capsule in the morning and one capsule in the evening, roughly 12 hours apart. A full course to treat Chlamydia is seven days treatment, 14 capsules in total.
Doxycycline should be taken on an empty stomach whilst sitting upright or standing. We do not recommend you take the medication directly before going to bed as it may cause irritation of the oesophagus. Ensure you drink plenty of water with each dose. Unlike other antibiotics in the tetracycline family, taking it with food does not significantly affect the absorption. If you feel nauseous or experience an upset tummy then swallow the capsules with food.
What do I do if a sexual partner tells me they have Chlamydia?
You may wish to go ahead and get Chlamydia treatment without being tested if you have had unprotected sex with someone who has Chlamydia. You can also get a Chlamydia test to see if you have a positive result. If you do get a positive result, you will need to take antibiotic treatment to cure your Chlamydia infection, this is normally very straightforward.
If you have had sex with other partners since you were infected, you need to contact them to let them know that they should take a Chlamydia test and may require treatment.
Is it safe to buy Chlamydia treatment online?
Yes, as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy it is perfectly safe to buy Chlamydia antibiotic treatment online.
Cloud Pharmacy is a registered pharmacy based in Scotland and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription antibiotics through our Online Pharmacy.
How do I buy antibiotics for Chlamydia online?
All you will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so we can ensure that Chlamydia treatment will be safe and effective for you. It all takes less than 5 minutes and they can be delivered to your door.