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. 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 98 57
Acne 30 14
Lyme Disease 25 13
Acne breakout 23 46
MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) 12 10
Pneumonia 12 11

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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 27
Moderate 37
Mild 39
None 118

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Doxycycline

Side effect Patients
Nausea 32
Nausea and vomiting 11
Stomach pain 7
Diarrhea 6
Upset stomach 6
Sensitivity to sunlight 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Doxycycline

Dosage Patients
100 mg twice daily 10
50 mg daily 5
100 mg daily 4
200 mg daily 4
40 mg daily 2
20 mg daily 1
150 mg daily 1
100 mg three times daily 1
200 mg twice daily 1
400 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Doxycycline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 129
Doctor's advice 59
Side effects too severe 38
Did not seem to work 31
Other 23
Personal research 7
Expense 2
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Duration

Currently taking Doxycycline

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

Stopped taking Doxycycline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 95
1 - 6 months 78
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 173
Usually 32
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 23
A little hard to take 34
Not at all hard to take 144
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 12
< $25 112
Not specified 89

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Doxycycline after stopping:

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

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Patients stopped taking Doxycycline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Azithromycin (Zithromax) 2
Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) 1
Ceftriaxone (Rocephin) 1
Cephalexin (Keflex) 1
Clarithromycin (Biaxin) 1

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16 patient evaluations for Doxycycline

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whatacall
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Little
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Little
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: little
Description:F56y
FM:5y 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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jennikb
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jennikb
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: mild
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: severe
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Feb 1, 2014 (Started Dec 22, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

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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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