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Medomycin® 100mg

Doxycycline

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What is this medication used for​​​?

Medomycin® contains doxycycline, a type of antibiotic classified as tetracyclines. It is used to treat or prevent infections caused by certain bacteria.

They are also used for the treatment of acne by suppressing the growth of the acne bacteria and decreasing the inflammation caused by the bacteria.

Dosage and How to Use​

  • Take with or after food.
  • Take the medications with a glass of water to prevent irritation of the oesophagus (gullet).
  • Avoid lying down for at least 30 minutes after ingestion.
  • Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional.

In the treatment of acne, these medications may be given for about 2 to 6 months.

What to do if I missed a dose?

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What are the possible side effects of the medicines?​

Some common side effects include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, stomachache or “wind” in the stomach. Taking the medication with some food may reduce these symptoms.
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vaginal itch or discharge,  sore mouth or tongue. This may indicate a yeast infection which may need treatment.
  • Increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight resulting in a skin rash, itching, redness, discoloration or severe sunburn. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.

If any of the side effects do not go away or are serious, please see your doctor.

What are some rare but serious side-effects that I need to seek medical advice immediately?

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following: 

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately:

  • Dark urine or light coloured stools
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Yellowing of your eyes or skin

What precautions should I take?

Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • The person taking this medication is less than 8-12 years old, as this medication can cause tooth discoloration and also slow down bone growth.
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
  • The symptoms persist after completion of the course of this medication.

What other medications and foods should I avoid when taking Medomycin®?

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.

  • Concurrent administration of tetracycline with other medications may increase the blood level of the other medications such as Methotrexate and Warfarin.
  • Tetracyclines should NOT be taken concurrently with Acitretin or Isotretinoin, due to an increased risk of high pressure in the head leading to headaches, nausea and vomiting.
  • Avoid taking antacids or products containing calcium or iron together with these medications. They may reduce the effectiveness of these medications. You can take these 2 hours before or after your medication.

Handling and storage

  • Store in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  • Keep out of sight and reach of children.

The above information answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

References

https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/medications/175/Tetracycline-Oral