What is Doxycycline?

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Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic used to treat a variety of infections; Lyme disease; inflammatory lesions associated with rosacea; intestinal amebiasis; severe acne. It may also be used as a sclerosing agent for pleural effusion and vancomycin-resistant enterococci.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Lyme disease 109 58
Acne 33 14
Acne breakout 23 46
Rosacea 18 5
Pneumonia 15 15

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 32
Moderate 46
Mild 44
None 123

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Doxycycline

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 38
Diarrhea 8
Stomach pain 7
Skin sensitivity to sun (photosensitivity) 6
Constipation 5
Fatigue 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Doxycycline

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mg twice daily 12
100 mg daily 4
40 mg daily 2
50 mg daily 2
20 mg daily 1
200 mg twice daily 1
100mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Doxycycline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 153
Doctor's advice 63
Side effects too severe 44
Did not seem to work 36
Other 23
Personal research 7
Expense 2
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Duration

Currently taking Doxycycline

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Doxycycline

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 120
1 - 6 months 80
6 months - 1 year 24
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 190
Usually 32
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 26
A little hard to take 40
Not at all hard to take 159
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 12
< $25 127
Not specified 98

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Doxycycline after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Minocycline (Minocin) 4
Clarithromycin (Biaxin) 3
Azithromycin (Zithromax) 2
Cefdinir (Omnicef) 2
Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) 1

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Patients stopped taking Doxycycline and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Azithromycin (Zithromax) 2
Cephalexin (Keflex) 2
Clarithromycin (Biaxin) 2
Clindamycin (Clindamycin PH 1% Gel) 2
Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) 1

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18 patient evaluations for Doxycycline

Sep 15, 2017 (Started Dec 07, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bronchitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 13, 2017 (Started Dec 07, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sinus infection)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for upper respiratory infection)
  • Side effects
    Mild (skin sensitivity to sun (photosensitivity), nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: When they tell you about this making you more sensitive to the sun they are telling the truth. One summer I was taking it and was sitting at a parade, wearing shorts and sunscreen. By the time I got home I could tell that I had a sunburn and within a couple hours had blisters forming. The burn was bad enough that my legs ended up swelling a lot. I ended up on oral steroids for 2 weeks for a second degree burn.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 2, 2017 (Started Dec 07, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sinus infection)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for upper respiratory infection)
  • Side effects
    Mild (skin sensitivity to sun (photosensitivity), nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 1, 2016 (Started Dec 07, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for spider bite)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for upper respiratory infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily

Aug 30, 2016 (Started Dec 07, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for spider bite)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for upper respiratory infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I've always had to eat just a little snack with doxycycline or else I become super nauseated and will develop dry heaves. 

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Mar 30, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rosacea)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (stomach discomfort)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: MUST take with food, serious stomach upset without food
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 17, 2014 (Started Oct 20, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pneumonia with pleurisy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (thrush)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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