Patient information leaflet
Please read this information leaflet carefully before you take or use the medicine. This medicine has been prescribed for your personal use and you must not pass it on to anyone else. The medicine could be harmful to them even if they have the same symptoms as you. Keep this information leaflet - you may wish to read it again later.
Doxycycline Axapharm®
What is Doxycycline Axapharm® and when is it used?
manent yellow-grey-brown discolouration of the teeth or inad- Doxycycline Axapharm® is an antibiotic of the tetracycline group equate development of the tooth enamel may occur. This is why which is effective against bacteria that cause infections.
the medicine may only be taken by these patients when expressly Doxycycline Axapharm® is used, only when prescribed by a doc- tor, for the treatment of a number of infections such as: If you are suffering from severe liver damage, you should only take Doxycycline Axapharm® if your doctor has expressly prescribed it for you and you are under medical supervision.
If your skin reddens on direct exposure to UV light or the sun, you infections of the urinary tract and genital organs; should stop using the medicine and see your doctor without delay.
Mild digestive disturbance is possible when taking Doxycycline Axapharm®. However, if you experience severe gastrointestinal dis- turbance with vomiting and diarrhoea, stop using the preparation and tell your doctor immediately. Tell your doctor if you develop a What else must I be aware of?
Do not forget that this medicine has been prescribed by your doc- Combinations of antibiotics: an additional antibiotic may be taken tor for the treatment of your present infection. It must not be used together with Doxycycline Axapharm® only if the doctor has ex- to treat other diseases or other people.
The antibiotic in Doxycycline Axapharm® is not effective against Tell your doctor if you are taking anticoagulants (drugs to thin all micro-organisms that cause infectious diseases. Using the your blood), oral antidiabetics (drugs to lower your blood sugar), wrong choice of antibiotic or incorrect dosage may cause compli- drugs to reduce epileptic seizures, sleeping pills or oral contracep- cations. So you must never decide of your own accord to use it to tives (“the pill”). If you are taking a contraceptive pill, note that it treat other il nesses or other people. You must not use Doxycycline may be less effective while you are on antibiotic therapy. For this Axapharm® either for other new infections later without getting a reason, your doctor may recommend other measures to prevent conception.
Tell your doctor if you are going to have an anaesthetic. Fatal kid- When must Doxycycline Axapharm® not be used?
ney damage can occur if a particular anaesthetic (methoxyfluran) Patients with known or suspected hypersensitivity (allergy) to tetracyclines or to an ingredient of Doxycycline Axapharm® must You should not consume any alcohol during treatment with not take Doxycycline Axapharm®. Tell your doctor if you have ever reacted with side-effects to antibiotics or if you have not tolerated Tell your doctor if you are carrying out tests for sugar in your urine treatment with Doxycycline Axapharm® well in the past. Examples of hypersensitivity reactions are difficulty breathing (asthma), cir- Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are suffering from other illness- culatory problems, swelling of the skin (e.g. nettle rash) and of the es, have any allergies or are taking or applying externally any other mucous membranes, itching or skin rashes.
medicines (including those you may have bought yourself!).
In what circumstances is caution necessary when
Can Doxycycline Axapharm® be taken during pregnancy
taking Doxycycline Axapharm®?
or when breast-feeding?
Patients who are using antacids or bismuth salts for stomach com- If you are pregnant or are wanting to become pregnant, you plaints, or patients taking iron preparations, should not take them at should only take Doxycycline Axapharm® if your doctor considers the same time as Doxycycline Axapharm®, because these medicines it absolutely necessary. You should not breast-feed during treat- adversely effect the absorption of Doxycycline Axapharm® (i.e. its up- take into the blood). Leave a gap of 3 hours after taking Doxycycline Axapharm®.
How do you use Doxycycline Axapharm®?
In particular, to avoid inflammation of the gullet (oesophagus), pa- Swallow the tablet at least 1 hour before meals and at least 1 hour tients confined to bed or people with difficulty swallowing should before going to bed with sufficient liquid (at least 100 mL of wa- take Doxycycline Axapharm® after dissolving it in approximately ter) while sitting down or standing.
50 mL of water or other suitable liquid.
If you experience major stomach pains when taking the prepara- Serious kidney damage can occur if Doxycycline Axapharm® and tion as recommended, you may take the tablet with food or with a methoxyfluran are taken at the same time.
glass of milk, although its absorption will be slightly reduced.
If Doxycycline Axapharm® is taken during the second half of As a matter of principle, you should keep precisely to the dosage a pregnancy, or by infants or children under 12 years old, a per- and length of treatment prescribed by the doctor if you are to ob- tain the full benefit of Doxycycline Axapharm®. The symptoms of What else must I be aware of?
an illness often disappear before the infection has been completely Store the medicine out of the reach of children.
cured. This is why you should not stop your treatment early, even if Doxycycline Axapharm® must not be used after the date shown you are feeling better. Unless your doctor has prescribed otherwise, on the container beside the letters “EXP”.
the following dosage recommendations should be followed: Doxycycline Axapharm® should be kept in a dry place, at room tem-perature (15-25°C), protected from light, in the sealed original pack.
At the end of your course of treatment, return the pack with any Adults and young people take two 100 mg tablets together on tablets left to your dispensary to be destroyed.
the first day, and then one 100 mg tablet on subsequent days of Your doctor or pharmacist can give you further information. They have detailed information for specialists.
For severe infections, two 100 mg tablets may be taken through-out the period of treatment.
What does Doxycycline Axapharm® contain?
Do not change the prescribed dosage yourself without asking a 1 Tablet contains 100 mg of doxycycline in the form of doxycycline hyclate, plus non-active ingredients.
If you believe that the medicine is not powerful enough or is too strong, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Authorisation number
59428 (Swissmedic)
What side-effects may Doxycycline Axapharm® have?
The following side-effects may occur when taking Doxycycline
Where can Doxycycline Axapharm® be obtained?
What pack sizes are available?
Mild signs of intolerance that occur rarely, such as loss of appetite, In pharmacies when prescribed by a doctor, for the dispensing of difficulty swallowing, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea can usu- ally be avoided if Doxycycline Axapharm® is taken with a glass Packs of 8 Tablets each of 100 mg.
of milk, yoghurt or after a light meal. There have been reports of headaches, dizziness, tiredness, disturbed vision (double vision); Authorisation holder
reddening in the face, abdominal pains, inflammatory lesions in the anal and genital region, inflammation of the tongue, inflam-mation of the mucous membranes of the mouth, inflammation of This information leaflet was last examined by the medicines au- the gullet (oesophagitis), ulcers of the gullet (oesophageal ulcers), thority (Swissmedic) in August 2006.
changes in blood counts, disturbed liver function, inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), joint pains and muscle pains. Skin rashes occur in rare cases. Hypersensitive (al-lergic) patients should not expose themselves to direct sunlight or sun at high altitude (due to sensitivity to light) during treatment with Doxycycline Axapharm®. At the first signs of a skin reaction, you should stop taking the medicine and tell your doctor without delay.
Tell your doctor without delay:if you experience signs of a hypersensitivity (allergic) reaction such as itching, a skin rash, swelling in the face, a feeling that your heat is beating faster, difficulty breathing, swollen limbs,if there is a yellowish discolouration of your skin or eyes,if you get sudden abdominal pains or vomiting, severe bloody or persistent diarrhoea.
If you notice any side-effects that are not described here, you should tell your doctor without delay.


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