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Med Clin North Am. 1995 Jul;79(4):789-801.


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Infectious Disease Division, Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, New York, USA.


Tetracyclines are relatively safe drugs with a broad antimicrobial spectrum. Doxycycline remains the preferred tetracycline agent for most indications. Doxycycline has a long half-life, which makes convenient twice-a-day dosing possible. It is well absorbed orally even in the presence of food, has excellent tissue penetration, and does not require a dose adjustment in renal insufficiency. Doxycycline is a useful agent for the treatment of atypical pneumonias, sexually transmitted diseases, traveler's diarrhea, rickettsial infections, and Lyme disease. Minocycline is the preferred drug for MRSA colonization/infection.

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