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 99 57
Acne 29 14
Acne breakout 23 46
Pneumonia 15 15
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus 13 11

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 27
Moderate 40
Mild 42
None 121

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Doxycycline

Side effect Patients
Nausea 33
Nausea and vomiting 11
Stomach pain 7
Upset stomach 7
Diarrhea 6
Sensitivity to sunlight 5

Show all 66 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Doxycycline

Dosage Patients
100 mg twice daily 9
50 mg daily 4
200 mg daily 4
100 mg daily 3
40 mg daily 2
20 mg daily 1
150 mg daily 1
200 mg twice daily 1
10,000 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Doxycycline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 132
Doctor's advice 56
Side effects too severe 38
Did not seem to work 31
Other 21
Personal research 7
Expense 2
See all 233 patients who've stopped taking Doxycycline

Duration

Currently taking Doxycycline

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Doxycycline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 99
1 - 6 months 78
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 180
Usually 32
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 34
Not at all hard to take 152
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 12
< $25 118
Not specified 91

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Doxycycline after stopping:

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

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Doxycycline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Azithromycin (Zithromax) 2
Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) 1
Ceftriaxone (Rocephin) 1
Clarithromycin (Biaxin) 1
Clindamycin (Clindamycin PH 1% Gel) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

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17 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 Upper respiratory infection)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sinus 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 Upper respiratory infection)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sinus 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
    Slight (for Upper respiratory infection)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Spider bite)
  • 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
    Slight (for Upper respiratory infection)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Spider bite)
  • 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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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

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 1, 2014 (Started Dec 22, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

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