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Doxycycline

What works?

Learn more about the effects of these drugs. The most reliable research is summed up for you in our featured article.

By mouth

Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. It is also used to treat pimples and abscesses (usually on the… Read more

Brand names include: Acticlate, Adoxa

By injection

Treats infections. This medicine is a tetracycline antibiotic… Read more

Brand names include: Doxy 100, Doxy 100 Novaplus

On the gums

Doxycycline is used to help treat periodontal disease (a disease of your gums). Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria growing beneath the gum line… Read more

Drug classes About this
Amebicide, Amebicide, Intestinal, Antiacne, Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antimalarial, Antiprotozoal, Dental Agent

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Doxycycline for osteoarthritis

This summary of a Cochrane review presents what we know from research about the effect of doxycycline on osteoarthritis. After searching for all relevant studies, they found two studies with 663 people.

Doxycycline plus ivermectin for preventing and treating river blindness (onchocerciasis)

We reviewed the evidence on the effect of adding doxycycline to ivermectin, the usual treatment for people with river blindness (RB). RB also is known as onchocerciasis.

Antibiotics for treating human brucellosis

Brucellosis is a common infection caused by Brucella bacteria species and can infect both people and animals. It is spread by eating infected food products and through direct contact with infected animals. The bacterial infection can affect different tissues and organs and is treated using antibiotics. Current recommended treatment regimens involve the use of two or more antibiotics in order to avoid relapses occurring and to prevent prolonged use of these drugs, which may lead to problems of drug resistance arising. Drug resistance is a particularly important issue as most people infected with brucellosis live in low socioeconomic areas of developing countries, where tuberculosis is also an endemic health problem. Thus there are concerns over the potential increase in resistance to tuberculosis drugs due to their prolonged use in treating brucellosis.

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Summaries for consumers

Doxycycline for osteoarthritis

This summary of a Cochrane review presents what we know from research about the effect of doxycycline on osteoarthritis. After searching for all relevant studies, they found two studies with 663 people.

Doxycycline plus ivermectin for preventing and treating river blindness (onchocerciasis)

We reviewed the evidence on the effect of adding doxycycline to ivermectin, the usual treatment for people with river blindness (RB). RB also is known as onchocerciasis.

Antibiotics for treating human brucellosis

Brucellosis is a common infection caused by Brucella bacteria species and can infect both people and animals. It is spread by eating infected food products and through direct contact with infected animals. The bacterial infection can affect different tissues and organs and is treated using antibiotics. Current recommended treatment regimens involve the use of two or more antibiotics in order to avoid relapses occurring and to prevent prolonged use of these drugs, which may lead to problems of drug resistance arising. Drug resistance is a particularly important issue as most people infected with brucellosis live in low socioeconomic areas of developing countries, where tuberculosis is also an endemic health problem. Thus there are concerns over the potential increase in resistance to tuberculosis drugs due to their prolonged use in treating brucellosis.

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