What is Doxycycline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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. Off label it is used as a sclerosing agent for pleural effusion and vancomycin-resistant enterococci.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Lyme Disease 90 48
Acne 30 22
Lyme Disease 26 13
Acne breakout 23 46
Rosacea 12 7
Pneumonia 11 9

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 22
Moderate 34
Mild 36
None 120

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Doxycycline

Side effect Patients
Nausea 28
Nausea and vomiting 10
Stomach pain 7
Diarrhea 6
Sensitivity to sunlight 5
Stomach upset 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Doxycycline

Dosage Patients
100 mg twice daily 7
100 mg daily 4
50 mg daily 3
200 mg twice daily 3
40 mg daily 2
150 mg daily 1
200 mg daily 1
400 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Doxycycline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 122
Doctor's advice 55
Side effects too severe 31
Did not seem to work 29
Other 20
Personal research 7
Expense 2
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Duration

Currently taking Doxycycline

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Doxycycline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 88
1 - 6 months 72
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 169
Usually 29
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 17
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 29
Not at all hard to take 145
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 11
< $25 112
Not specified 82

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Doxycycline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Minocycline (Minocin) 3
Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) 1
Azithromycin (Zithromax) 1
Cefdinir (Omnicef) 1
Cephalexin (Keflex) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Doxycycline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Azithromycin (Zithromax) 1
Ceftriaxone (Rocephin) 1
Cephalexin (Keflex) 1
Clarithromycin (Biaxin) 1
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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15 patient evaluations for Doxycycline

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whatacall
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whatacall
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Little
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Little
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: little
Description:F55y
FM:4y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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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pheonix61
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pheonix61
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 65
Condition: COPD 43 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
COPD

See pheonix61's full Doxycycline history

Dec 3, 2013 (Started Jan 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Bronchiectasis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 capsule(s) One time
Advice & Tips: at last a return to the older drugs and a more effective one at that I remember some time back I used to regularly on Oxytetracycline and that always work far better than any penicillin based drug
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 29, 2013 (Started Jan 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bronchiectasis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 capsule(s) One time
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Grifter
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Grifter
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Unreported
Overall: Unreported
Cognition: unreported
Vision: unreported
Speech: unreported
Swallowing: unreported
Upper limb: unreported
Walking: unreported
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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Jan 20, 2013 (Started Sep 28, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

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