Doxycycline Hyclate is an antibiotic prescribed to treat a variety of infections including Lyme disease, rocky mountain spotted fever, chlamydia and bacterial infections. It might also help with urinary tract, respiratory tract and wound infections. This medication comes in an uncoated oral tablet form. Customers may receive this drug under the names Doxirobe, Vibramycin.
Doxycycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used to treat many diseases carried by ticks. Doxycycline is used to treat infections such as ehrlichiosis, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, salmon poisoning, toxoplasmosis, and leptospirosis.
The most commonly reported symptoms have included nausea and diarrhea, which are minor. Some pets may also suffer from loss of appetite, hair loss, lesions, mental confusion, and jaundice. If you observe more severe reactions like facial hives, swelling of the lips or tongue and difficulty breathing, immediately discontinue use and contact your vet, as these may be signs of an allergic reaction.
Give as directed by your veterinarian. Follow the instructions printed on the prescription label. Store doxycycline at room temperature. Be sure to complete the prescription to ensure a full recovery, even if your pet seems to be improving, unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian. Allow your pet access to plenty of water. Doxycycline can be given with or without food but should not be given with dairy products.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Do not use in animals with a known sensitivity to doxycycline. Do not use in pregnant animals. Let your veterinarian know if your pet is on any other medications, as interactions with certain medicines can occur. Do not administer any calcium-containing medications, antacids, laxatives, or multivitamins within 2 hours of the last doxycycline dose. Notify your veterinarian if your animal suffers from kidney or liver disease. Doxycycline may increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Store at room temperature. Store protected from light and moisture.
Allergic reactions and serious side effects are rare, but in the case of an allergic reaction or a serious side effect you should stop doxycycline treatment and seek veterinary attention. Some common signs of allergic reactions and serious side effects are hives, breathing difficulty, facial swelling, loss of appetite, or dark colored urine.
Should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Doxycycline should not be used in animals allergic to it or other tetracycline antibiotics. Use with caution in animals with impaired liver or kidney function. Do not use in pregnant, nursing, or growing animals since this medication may cause slowing of bone growth and discoloration of teeth. Give antacids, vitamin and mineral combinations, iron, or Pepto-Bismol at least 1 hour before or 4 hours after giving doxycycline. Use caution when given with digoxin or warfarin. Doxycycline is not affected by food.
Doxycycline is given by mouth. It may be given with food to decrease side effects. If using a tablet or pill form, you must make sure your pet swallows some water after taking the medication, or the medication may cause damage to the esophagus. Do not use milk. Cats should have at least a teaspoon of water. Try offering your cat water flavored with tuna water or other liquid your cat likes. For small mammals, try fruit juices.
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. Use all of the medication prescribed, even if your pet appears well. If the entire course of treatment is not given, the infection may recur or worsen.
Talk to your veterinarian about what tests and exams may be necessary while your pet is taking tetracycline. Also discuss how long the treatment period will be and what type of outcome is expected.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has liver or kidney diseases, or may be pregnant or is nursing, or if you intend to breed your pet.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking, and also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.
If using a tablet or pill form, you must make sure your pet swallows some water after taking the medication.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet could be pregnant or may be bred while taking Doxycycline.
Follow your veterinarian's directions and give the full course of Doxycycline as prescribed. Consult your veterinarian if the animal's condition does not improve or worsens after beginning treatment with Doxycycline.
Not for use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to it or other tetracyclines.
Can slow the growth, alter the skeleton, and yellow the teeth of unborn animals. Give only during the second half of pregnancy if benefits outweigh the risks. Do not give during the first half of pregnancy.
This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
Possible side effects include nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting. Contact your veterinarian if you observe any of these effects in your pet.
Tetracycline may cause photosensitivity, with pustules or blisters on skin exposed to the sun. Protect your pet from the sun.
Long-term therapy may result in the growth of unwanted bacteria or fungi. May stain the teeth in immature animals.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.