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Doxycycline 100 mg Capsules

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Last updated: 29 Sep 2020
Published: 29 Sep 2020

4.1 Therapeutic indications

Doxycycline capsules are used in the treatment of a variety of infections caused by susceptible strains of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and certain other micro-organisms.

Respiratory tract infections:

Pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections due to susceptible strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilia influenzae, Klebsiella pneumoniae and other organisms. Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia. Treatment of chronic bronchitis, Sinusitis.

Urinary tract infections:

Infections caused by susceptible strains of Klebsiella species, Enterobacter species, Escherichia coli, Streptococcus faecalis and other organisms.

Sexually transmitted diseases:

Infections due to Chlamydia trachomatis including uncomplicated urethral, endocervical or rectal infections. Non-gonococcal urethritis caused by Ureaplasma urealyticum (T-mycoplasma). Doxycline Capsules is also indicated in Chancroid granuloma inguinale and lymphogranuloma venereum., Doxycline Capsules is an alternative drug in the treatment of gonorrhoea and syphilis.

Skin infections:

Acne vulgaris, when antibiotic therapy is considered necessary.

Since Doxycycline is a member of the tetracycline series of antibiotics, it may be expected to be useful in the treatment of infections which respond to other tetracyclines, such as:

Ophthalmic infections:

Due to susceptible strains of gonococci, staphylococci and Haemophilus influenzae. Trachoma, although, as judged by immunofluorescence, is not always eliminated.

Inclusion conjunctivitis may be treated with oral Doxycycline alone or in combination with topical agents.

Rickettsial infections: Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus group, Q fever, Coxiella endocarditis and tick fevers.

Other infections : Psittacosis, brucellosis (in combination with streptomycin), cholera, bubonic plague, louse and tick-borne relapsing fever, tularaemia glanders, melioidosis, chloroquine-resistant falciparum malaria and acute intestinal amoebiasis (as an adjunct to amoebicides).

Doxycycline is an alternative drug in the treatment of leptospirosis, gas gangrene and tetanus.

Doxycycline is indicated for prophylaxis in the following conditions: Scrub typhus, travellers' diarrhoea (enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli), leptospirosis and malaria. Prophylaxis of malaria should be used in accordance to current guidelines, as resistance is an ever changing problem.

Consideration should be given to official guidance on the appropriate use of antibacterial agents.

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