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Doxycycline

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Last updated: 06 May 2020
Published: 01 Apr 2021

4.1 Therapeutic indications

Doxycycline has been found clinically effective 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, Haemophilus 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).

Doxycycline is also indicated in chancroid, granuloma inguinale and lymphogranuloma venereum. Doxycycline is an alternative drug in the treatment of gonorrhoea and syphilis.

Dermatological infections

Acne vulgaris when antibiotic therapy is considered necessary.

Since Doxycycline is a member of the tetracycline group 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. Doxycycline Capsules are indicated in the treatment of trachoma, although the infectious agent is not always eliminated, as judged by immunofluorescence.

Rickettsial infections

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

Other infections

Psittacosis, cholera, meliodosis, leptospirosis, other infections due to susceptible strains of Yersinia species, Brucella species (in combination with Streptomycin), Clostridium species, Francisella tularensis and chloroquine-resistant falciparum malaria.

Doxycycline Capsules are indicated for prophylaxis in the following conditions: Scrub typhus, travellers' diarrhoea (enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli), leptospirosis.

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

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