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Doxycycline kit

Pronunciation

Generic Name: doxycycline (DOX-i-SYE-kleen)
Brand Name: Ocudox Convenience Kit

Doxycycline kit is used for:

Treating eyelid infections.

Doxycycline kit is a kit containing a tetracycline antibiotic, cleansing pads, and a moisturizing spray. The antibiotic works by slowing the growth of bacteria, which helps the body's immune system to kill the bacteria. The cleansing pads relieve eyelid irritation by removing dirt and oil. The spray provides moisture to the eyelid and eye area.

Do NOT use doxycycline kit if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in doxycycline kit or to any other tetracycline (eg, minocycline)
  • you are taking acitretin, isotretinoin, or a penicillin antibiotic (eg, amoxicillin)
  • you have recently received or will be receiving a live oral typhoid vaccine

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using doxycycline kit:

Some medical conditions may interact with doxycycline kit. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have diarrhea or the blood disease porphyria
  • if you have a history of lupus

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with doxycycline kit. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Antacids, barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), bismuth subsalicylate, carbamazepine, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), iron, or urinary alkalinizers (eg, sodium bicarbonate) because they may decrease doxycycline kit's effectiveness
  • Acitretin, anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), digoxin, insulin, isotretinoin, or methotrexate because the risk of their side effects may be increased by doxycycline kit
  • Live oral typhoid vaccine, hormonal birth control (eg, birth control pills), or penicillins (eg, amoxicillin) because their effectiveness may be decreased by doxycycline kit

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if doxycycline kit may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use doxycycline kit:

Use doxycycline kit as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Doxycycline kit kit contains antibiotic capsules, eyelid cleansing pads, and a moisturizing spray.
  • To use the eyelid cleansing pad:
    • Remove contact lenses before you use doxycycline kit.
    • Wash your hands before using doxycycline kit. Close the eyes and gently cleanse the eyelids using side to side strokes. Avoid touching the eyes directly. Rinse or leave on as directed by your doctor. Discard after use.
  • To use the moisturizing spray:
    • Hold the spray tip 4 to 6 inches away from the eye. Close the eye and spray directly onto the eyelid surface. Gently massage into the eyelids and lashes. If directed to do so by your doctor, repeat this procedure with the other eye.
    • If you prefer, you may spray onto the inner side of the finger and then gently massage onto the eyelids and lashes. Do not spray directly into the eyes.
  • To take the antibiotic:
    • Take doxycycline kit by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
    • Take doxycycline kit with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL) and drink plenty of fluids to prevent ulcers and reduce throat irritation.
    • Do not eat or drink calcium-rich foods (eg, milk or other dairy products, calcium-enriched juices), or take an antacid that has aluminum, calcium, or magnesium in it; bismuth subsalicylate; iron; or urinary alkalinizers (eg, sodium bicarbonate) within 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take doxycycline kit.
    • Use doxycycline kit on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. It may take several days to see the full effect of doxycycline kit.
    • To clear up your infection completely, take doxycycline kit for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if your condition improves in a few days.
    • Do not use doxycycline kit if it is past the expiration date on the bottle.
  • If you miss a dose of doxycycline kit, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use doxycycline kit.

Important safety information:

  • The cleansing pads and moisturizing spray are for external use only. Do not get them in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get them in your eyes, rinse at once with cool water.
  • Doxycycline kit only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
  • Be sure to use doxycycline kit for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of doxycycline kit may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
  • Do not receive a live vaccine (eg, typhoid) while you are taking doxycycline kit. Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine.
  • Hormonal birth control (eg, birth control pills) may not work as well while you are using doxycycline kit. To prevent pregnancy, use an extra form of birth control (eg, condoms).
  • Doxycycline kit may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to doxycycline kit. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) may rarely occur. This may develop while you use the antibiotic or within several months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take doxycycline kit before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Doxycycline kit may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking doxycycline kit.
  • Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, and complete blood cell counts, may be performed while you use doxycycline kit. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Doxycycline kit should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 8 years old; permanent yellow-gray-brown tooth discoloration may occur.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Doxycycline kit has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using doxycycline kit while you are pregnant. Doxycycline kit is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking doxycycline kit.

Possible side effects of doxycycline kit:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Loss of appetite; nausea; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); bloody stools; chest pain; decreased urination; fever, chills, or sore throat; moderate to severe sunburn; severe diarrhea; severe irritation, redness, or peeling of the skin; severe or persistent headache; stomach pain or cramps; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, persistent loss of appetite, pale stools, unusual nausea or stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes); throat irritation or pain; trouble swallowing; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual joint pain; unusual tiredness or weakness; vaginal irritation or discharge; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch .

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of doxycycline kit:

Store doxycycline kit at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep doxycycline kit out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about doxycycline kit, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Doxycycline kit is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take doxycycline kit or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about doxycycline kit. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to doxycycline kit. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using doxycycline kit.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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