Doxycycline Capsules 100mg
- 30 capsules plus number of days holiday is required total
- Anti-malaria tablets: Doxycycline
- Prevent contraction of malaria when travelling to tropical regions
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
- Includes Free Prescription
Doxycycline anti-malaria tablets are advised for those travelling to tropical regions. By taking one capsule daily starting two days before your trip and continuing for four weeks after the trip you will be protected. Take the medication 2 days prior to entry and up to one week after leaving therefore you will need 30 capsules plus the number the number of days holiday.
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Doxycycline is an antibiotic used to treat infections, also used to prevent malaria if you’re travelling abroad.
How To Take Doxycycline
Affordable malaria treatment, that can be taken at short notice. take one tablet daily starting 2 days before you travel to the risk region and for 4 weeks after you leave the region. Therefore you need a minimum of 30 capsules, plus the number of days you are in the malaria risk area.
Take your tablets with food and at the same time each day with plenty of fluid in an upright position.
For more information about Malaria, click here.
Do not take Doxycycline if you are
- allergic to doxycycline, a similar medicine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
- pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding
- a child under 12 years old, as tetracyclines can affect growing bones and teeth and can also cause staining and a reduction in the amount of enamel in the teeth
Warnings and precautions
It isn’t suitable for some people. To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
ever had an allergic reaction to doxycycline or any other medicine in the past
an inflamed food pipe (oesophagitis)
lupus, an autoimmune disease
myasthenia gravis, an illness that causes severe muscle wasting
Avoid strong sunlight or ultra violet light as Doxycycline can make the skin more sensitive. If your
skin becomes red and patchy, tell your doctor as you may need to stop treatment.
Tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines including medicines
Doxycycline can affect the action of some other medicines, these include:
- Increased action of anticoagulants to thin the blood e.g. warfarin
- Reduced effectiveness of penicillin antibiotic used to treat infections
- Increased blood levels of ciclosporin used to affect the body’s immune response following organ transplants
- Reduced effectiveness of oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
Do not drink alcohol during treatment.
Driving and using machines
Do not drive or use machines if you suffer from visual disturbances such as blurred vision while
Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. If it isn’t diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal.
A single mosquito bite is all it takes for someone to become infected.
Symptoms of malaria
It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of malaria if you’re travelling to areas where there’s a high risk of the disease. Symptoms include:
a high temperature (fever)
sweats and chills
Symptoms usually appear between 7 and 18 days after becoming infected, but in some cases the symptoms may not appear for up to a year, or occasionally even longer.
When to seek medical attention
Seek medical help immediately if you develop symptoms of malaria during or after a visit to an area where the disease is found.
Malaria risk areas
Malaria is found in more than 100 countries, mainly in tropical regions of the world, including:
large areas of Africa and Asia
Central and South America
Haiti and the Dominican Republic
parts of the Middle East
some Pacific islands
The Fit for Travel website has more information about the risk of malaria in specific countries.
Many cases of malaria can be avoided. An easy way to remember is the ABCD approach to prevention:
Awareness of risk – find out whether you’re at risk of getting malaria before travelling
Bite prevention – avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent, covering your arms and legs, and using an insecticide-treated mosquito net
Check whether you need to take malaria prevention tablets – if you do,make sure you take the right antimalarial tablets at the right dose, and finish the course
Diagnosis – seek immediate medical advice if you develop malaria symptoms, as long as up to a year after you return from travelling
Like all medicines, doxycycline can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them.
Common side effects
These common side effects happen in around 1 in 10 people. Keep taking the medicine, but talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these side effects bother you or don’t go away:
feeling sick or vomiting
being sensitive to sunlight
Serious side effects
Serious side effects are rare and happen in less than 1 in 1,000 people.
Call a doctor straight away if you get:
Bruising or bleeding you can’t explain (including nosebleeds), a sore throat, a high temperature (38C or above) and you feel tired or generally unwell – these can be signs of blood problems.
Severe diarrhoea (perhaps with stomach cramps) that contains blood or mucus, or lasts longer than 4 days
ringing or buzzing in your ears
Serious skin reactions or rashes, including irregular, round red patches, peeling, blisters, skin ulcers, or swelling of the skin that looks like burns – these could be signs of a rare reaction to the medicine called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Yellow skin or the whites of your eyes go yellow – this could be a sign of liver problems
joint or muscle pain that has started since you began taking doxycycline
Headache, vomiting and problems with your vision – these could be signs of pressure around your brain (intracranial hypertension)
A fingernail coming away from its base – this could be a reaction to sunlight called photo-onycholysis
A sore or swollen mouth, lips or tongue
Severe pain in your tummy, with or without bloody diarrhoea, feeling sick and being sick – these can be signs of pancreatitis
difficulty or pain when you swallow, a sore throat, acid reflux, a smaller appetite or chest pain which gets worse when you eat – these could be signs of an inflamed food pipe (oesophagitis) or oesophageal ulcer
Serious allergic reactions
Allergic reactions to doxycycline are common and occur in more than 1 in 100 people.
These are not all the side effects of doxycycline. For a full list see the patient information leaflet.
You can report any suspected side effect to the UK