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Doxycycline antibiotic

Doxycycline is a broad-spectrum tetracycline antibiotic prescribed against a wide variety of bacterial infections, including:
- Urinary tract infections;
- Trachoma;
- Some gonococcal infections in adults;
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other fevers caused by ticks fleas and lice;

It is an approved treatment for inhalational anthrax. Doxycycline is prescribed with other drugs to treat severe acne and amoebic dysentery.

Doxycycline may be taken for the prevention of malaria on foreign trips of less than 4 months' duration.

Occasionally doctors prescribe doxycycline to treat early Lyme disease and to prevent "traveler's diarrhea." These are not yet officially approved uses for Doxycycline hyclate.

Doxycycline contains the active ingredient doxycycline, which belongs to a group of antibiotics called the tetracyclines. It is an antibiotic that has the ability to inhibit the growth of a wide variety of bacteria and certain other organisms. It works by preventing bacteria from producing proteins that are essential to them. Without these proteins the bacteria cannot grow, replicate and increase in numbers. Doxycycline therefore stops the spread of the infection and the remaining bacteria eventually die.

Doxycycline is prescribed to treat a wide variety of respiratory, urinary tract, eye and sexually transmitted infections, and various other infections caused by susceptible bacteria and micro-organisms.

Doxycycline is prescribed for severe acne, as it is active against the bacteria associated with acne, Propionebacterium acnes. This is a common type of bacteria that feeds on sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. It produces waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands, making them inflamed and causing spots. By controlling bacterial numbers, doxycycline brings the inflammation of the sebaceous glands under control, and the skin is allowed to heal.

Doxycycline is active against the parasite that causes malaria. It is sometimes prescribed to treat malaria, and can also be prescribed to prevent it when visiting high-risk malarial areas, in particular areas where the malaria parasite is resistant to chloroquine.

Why is Doxycycline bought?

- treatment of malaria caused by chloroquine-resistant plasmodium falciparum;
- tetanus;
- syphilis;
- sexually transmitted infection that causes genital ulcers;
- protozoal infection of the intestine;
- prevention of traveller's diarrhoea;
- prevention of malaria;
- prevention of infection with leptospira bacteria;
- prevention of an infectious disease called scrub typhus;
- pneumonia;
- louse and tick-bourne relapsing fever;
- lesions in the groin and genitalia caused by a sexually transmitted bacteria;
- inflammation of the sinuses due to infection;
- infectious disease of rodents that can be transmitted to humans;
- infectious disease of parrots and man;
- infections of the urinary tract;
- infections caused by rickettsiae micro-organisms transmitted by lice fleas ticks and mites;
- infection of the lungs and airways;
- infection caused by brucella bacteria;
- gonorrhoea;
- eye infections;
- disease of rodents and rabbits that can be transmitted to humans;
- disease caused by infection with leptospira bacteria;
- death and decay of tissue in a infected wound due to gas production by the infecting bacteria;
- chronic bronchitis;
- cholera;
- chlamydia;
- bubonic plague;
- acne vulgaris;

 

 
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