Vibramycin (Doxycycline) OTC

Last updated on February 16th, 2024

Generic name: Doxycin, Doxycycline

Brand names: Vibramycin, Microdox, Monodox, Oracea, Periostat, Doryx, Vibra-Tabs, Adoxa, Vibrox, Doxyhexal, Doxylin, Atridox, Doxy, Apo-Doxy, Doxycin, Vibramicina, Novo-Doxylin, Doxytec, Nu-Doxycycline

General Information

Vibramycin is a popular medication that is known as a tetracycline antibiotic. It treats many kinds of bacterial infections like urinary tract infections, certain sexually transmitted diseases,  infections of the dental, respiratory, skin, eyes, genitals, malaria, Lyme disease. It will not work for flu, colds or viral infections.

Vibramycin intensifies sensitivity to sunlight, and severe burning may result. Wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.

Do not give Vibramycin to a child younger than 8 years old. It may cause permanent tooth discoloration and adversely affect growth.

Avoid antacids, multivitamins, calcium supplements, laxatives, and iron products within 2 hours of taking a dose of Vibramycin.

Contact your physician if you need to learn more information about this drug.

Don’t stop treatment with Vibramycin earlier than it was prescribed by your doctor even if you notice improvements of your condition. Stopping the medication too early may worsen your condition. Be careful about doing dangerous tasks, driving, operating machinery or climbing until you are aware how this drug affects you. Don’t drink alcohol. Always contact a medic before giving Vibramycin to a child.

What symptoms or conditions should I report to a doctor before I take this medicine?

It is important to report to a doctor if you have or had the following conditions:

  •     heart disorders (such as heart rhythm problems)
  •     kidney or liver disease
  •     allergy to doxycycline, tetracycline antibiotics, or to similar medicines, dyes, foods or preservatives
  •     asthma
  •     trouble swallowing
  •     esophagus problems (hiatal hernia or reflux/heartburn)
  •     pregnancy, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant

How do I take this medicine?

Note: This remedy was prescribed to you only. Do not share this medicament with others.

This medicine is presented in pill, or syrup form to take orally. It should be taken at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal, usually 1 or 2 times daily. Take Vibramycin on an empty stomach. The tablets should be swallowed whole. Do not break, chew or crush them.

The dosage may vary among individuals. It is obviously to contact your doctor before taking this medicament. Follow your physician’s instructions carefully.

Shake the liquid well before measuring a dose to mix the medicament evenly. Use a specially marked measuring spoon or medicine cup to be sure of the correct dose. This medicament is taken with some water. It is important to drink several glasses of water each day while you are taking Vibramycin to protect your kidneys.

What should I do if I miss the dose?

If you miss the dose, try to take it as soon as you have the opportunity. If it is time for your next dose, take only one dose. You don’t have to double the dose.

What should you do if you overdose of Vibramycin?

Taking any medicine in excess you can have serious consequences for your health. If you feel an overdose, report to your medical practitioner straightway.

What drug(s) may interact with Vibramycin?

  •     blood thinners (Coumadin)
  •     digoxin (Lanoxin)
  •     lithium (Eskalith)
  •     carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  •     phenytoin (Dilantin)
  •     cimetidine (Tagamet)
  •     barbiturates (phenobarbital)
  •     birth control pills
  •     antacids
  •     penicillins
  •     iron, mineral or calcium supplements

This list of interactions may be not complete. Provide your medical practitioners entire list of medicines, herbs, dietary supplements or non-prescription drugs you take. Moreover tell them whether you drink alcohol, use illegal drugs or smoke. Particular items may interact with your drug.


Which side effects can I perceive from this remedy?

  •     Allergic reaction (hives; swelling of your face, throat, lips or tongue; itching; skin rash or swelling; difficulty breathing)
  •     Problems with breathing
  •     Fever, chills
  •     Nausea, vomiting
  •     Itching in the rectal or genital area
  •     Difficulty urinating (urinary retention), dark urine, diarrhea or loose stools
  •     Headache, dizziness, ringing in your ears or hearing loss
  •     Indigestion, or upset stomach, bloating, stomach gas, pain or cramps
  •     Redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth, pale skin
  •     Fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  •     Fatigue, faintness
  •     Liver problems, yellowing eyes, skin
  •     Unusual bleeding or bruising
  •     Loss of appetite

If these persist or worsen, inform your physician immediately. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. If you feel other reactions not mentioned above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

How should Vibramycin be stored?

Store at room temperature below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F), tightly closed, away from sunlight, direct heat, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom or near a sink. Keep medicament out of the reach of children and away from pets.

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