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A 18-year-old male asked:

Is doxycycline a safe antibiotic? any percautions i should take, and does it affect electrolytes?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Safe: It's a safe drug, but avoid too much sun exposure, because it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. You don't need to worry about you electrolytes.
Dr. Georgia Latham
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Potential danger: Doxycycline is known to cause a potentially dangerous condition known as drug-induced esophagitis. The esophagus is the tube between the throat and the stomach. If a capsule gets stuck in the esophagus and lays against the delicate lining of the esophagus, it dissolves slowly and can erode into the lining of the esophagus. Drinking lots of water after taking doxcycline can prevent this.

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Last updated Nov 1, 2014

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