medication information


We want to make sure you fully understand your treatment. 
Below outlines the directions, benefits, expectations, and risks with Doxycycline.

Doxycycline is an antibiotic pill that is taken orally. It helps breakouts by killing acne-causing bacteria and by reducing inflammation in the skin.


Take the medication either once or twice daily, as instructed by your dermatologist.

Tips to avoid side effects:

Doxycycline can cause irritating side effects such as nausea, stomach upset, and increased sun sensitivity. The pill can lodge in the throat and cause chest pain and ulceration. Please follow the instructions below to minimize these side effects.

  • Be sure to take it with food and a full glass of water.
  • Do not lie down after taking the medicine. Stay upright for at least 30 minutes.
  • This medication will make you sunburn more easily. Apply sunscreen every morning (SPF 30 or higher), use wide-brimmed hats and protective clothing when outdoors, and do not go tanning.

Things to keep in mind:

  • You do NOT have to avoid milk products or iron when taking this medication.
  • While taking an oral antibiotic for several months is considered safe, our goal will be to stop it as soon as possible. It is very important to use your topical medicines consistently.
  • Stop taking the medication and message your doctor if: you experience headaches with blurred vision, you break out in hives or a rash, or if you have any other unusual side effects.

Allergy alert:

Stop taking your medication immediately and seek emergency help if you experience any of these effects of an allergic reaction:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

If you become pregnant while taking this medication, discontinue use immediately and message your doctor for an alternative.

Do not take if breastfeeding.

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