Skip to main content

I am currently taking doxycycline & it says not to lay down for 30 min after taking it. Why is that?

4 Answers

bernieranac 28 Dec 2019

it may bother your blood pressure

Votes: +0
VCaylor 4 Jan 2017

I am taking Doxycycline for what appeared to be a flesh-eating bacteria from being pricked by frozen shrimp in my freezer. The good news is that the culture came back negative, but I need to finish out the antibiotic because I just had cancer surgery and my immune system is weakened. In the past, I have had gastrointestinal issues associated with taking antibiotics, and I know to eat yogurt with live, active cultures to keep the good bacteria in my gut. Because I have just had cancer surgery and was on antibiotics for nearly a month now, the pharmacist recommended that I add a probiotic and a stool softener as well (since I take a narcotic for an inherited chronic pain condition, and combined with the antibiotic could cause severe constipation.) I DO remain upright for 30 minutes, as recommended and I also drink a cold, Equate Meal Replacement Shake (WalMart brand of Slimfast-like shakes...


and a better flavor and texture in my opinion) with each dose. I have had ZERO gastrointestinal issues since using the yogurt (one a day), probiotic and stool softener once a day, and the shakes with each dose of antibiotics! This is the first time that I have taken an antibiotic without the gastrointestinal issues and I was taking Cefuroxime WITH the Doxycycline for part of this round of antibiotics. I have to say that while I am 60 yrs old and overweight, I am in near perfect health. ..Blood pressure is 106/70, A1C is 5.2, and for the first time in my life my cholesterol is borderline high at 218... though my HDL/LDL ratios are in the perfect range. I have been eating more comfort foods with this current situation than I normally do, thus the cholesterol rise. I do not have any other health issues except for the chronic pain and skin cancer, so I know that has a bearing on my outcome. I have never smoked, rarely drank (you could probably put all the alcohol I have consumed in my 60 yrs in a gallon jug... rare glass of wine or a drink at a celebration. ..though none in the past 4 yrs), and I have never done illegal drugs or taken more of a prescribed medication than I should have. hope that you have found this helpful.

Votes: +0
Inactive 8 Feb 2012

I have taken doxyclyline because I am allergic to penicillian for years. They tell you that because when you lay down it can seep up into the ephosegus(sp)& can cause irritation & heartburn. Some meds are like that. My biophosphastes when I used to take them Had to be taken when you first get up in the AM with a full glass of water. Nothing else for 35 minutes. No pills, or coffee or anything! I'd sit in the recliner, upright of course & wait for the coffee to finish perking before I re-opened my peepers. Some drugs are just like that... Hope it clears your infection. Mine is always a sinus infection, but now they use Levaquin, which just went generic by the way. Good luck to you...

Votes: +0
ladyJ35 7 Nov 2014

How long does the stomach cramping last after taking the pill?

janine09 8 Nov 2014

I've been on doxy for a week I have stomach pain in my upper stomach and horrible gas pain. Seems like all day long

watermelonlight 9 Nov 2014

I took doxycycline for a tick bite. All was well until one night I had gone to bed and asked my husband to bring me my 2nd dose, as I'd forgotten to take it that day. Within an hour I was having super bad chest pain, burning and ended up going to the ER because it mimicked heart symptoms and they kept me there all night. In the morning I was surfing on my iphone because I remembered once before having "pill esophagitis," and being hospitalized in the same exact way. That time it was from niacin and fossamax. So I diagnosed myself, too bad about the ER bill. Now I am getting ready to take some of the previously prescribed doxycycline because another tick nailed me. I will be staying upright for an hour after taking it. The doctor did not even diagnose me.

Rajive Goel 8 Feb 2012

Some more information about the med says that it is important to take Doxycycline with plenty of water (or other fluids) while in an upright position, in order to prevent the medication from irritating the throat.

Perhaps lay down would have an irritating effect so it is recommended to stay in an upright position when Doxycycline has been taken, however please do reconfirm this with the doc/pharmacist who prescribed the med.

Take care, best wishes!

Votes: +0 free discount card

Related topics


Further information

Similar questions

Search for questions

Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.