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Doxycycline is an antibiotic that effectively prevents and treats malaria. It kills the malaria parasite, preventing it from spreading and causing symptoms. It is available as a 100mg capsule that you take once daily.
It is an excellent option if you are travelling to an area resistant to the malaria treatment Chloroquine. This includes countries in Africa, Oceania and South America.
Doxycycline also treats and prevents several other conditions, including:
If you’re looking for STI treatment (e.g. chlamydia), please go to our Doxycycline for STIs page for more information. For any other type of infection, please consult your GP.
The bite of an infected mosquito spreads malaria. The parasite enters your bloodstream and causes malaria symptoms.
Doxycycline kills the parasite that causes an infection. It stops the proteins needed for the parasite to spread and cures and prevents the infection.
Doxycycline is an antibiotic, so you must take it correctly to ensure it works properly and to prevent side effects.
To prevent malaria:
To treat malaria:
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for your next dose, however, skip the missed dose and continue from your next scheduled dose.
If you take too much, you should get medical advice, even if you feel fine.
Make sure you finish the complete course. Stopping early could increase the risk of infection. This is because the malaria parasite can lay dormant for many weeks and months in your body.
As well as taking medication, you must also take other measures to prevent malaria. This includes using insect repellants and mosquito nets.
There are several precautions you should take whilst on Doxycycline.
Read the patient information leaflet for more information.
Doxycycline may not be safe for everyone. Before taking it, make sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following apply to you:
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not take this medicine. Ask your doctor for a different medicine.
Doxycycline can cause some side effects, but they are usually not serious and will go away after your body gets used to the medicine.
|Common side effects include:|
For a full list of side effects, please read the patient information leaflet.
It can react with other medicines. Some medicines can reduce Doxycycline’s effectiveness, such as:
In other cases, it can alter the effectiveness of other medicines, including:
If you take any of these medicines, discuss it with your doctor before using Doxycycline.
Doctors used to believe that Doxycycline reduced the effectiveness of oral contraceptives such as the combined pill and the mini-pill. However, this is now outdated advice. You do not need to use additional contraception whilst on Doxycycline.
You can order Doxycycline online here at euroClinix. Our service is certified safe by the MHRA, GMC and GPhC. We offer a safe and secure ordering process, which includes an online consultation.
This involves a few short medical questions, which will be checked by one of our doctors. If it is safe for you to take this medication and can benefit from it, they will issue a prescription. Our pharmacy will then dispatch your treatment and you will receive it as soon as the next day.
Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.
|Active ingredient(s)||Doxycycline hyclate|
|Availability||Out of stock|
|Description||Antibiotic used to prevent Malaria transmission|
|Exemption||Subject to medical prescription|
|Available dosage||100mg once daily, to be started 1-2 days before travel|
|Application||Adults to treat or prevent malaria|
|Posology||Consult patient leaflet|
|Drug class||Tetracyclines antibiotics|
|Alcohol consumption||Not advised|
|When pregnant/breastfeeding||Not advised, consult your doctor|
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