I am currently taking doxycycline & it says not to lay down for 30 min after taking it. Why is that?
Question posted by ash_s on 8 Feb 2012
Last updated on 28 December 2019 by bernieranac
it may bother your blood pressure
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.
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...
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!
- Doxycycline uses and safety info
- Doxycycline information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Doxycycline (detailed)
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