Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that can be used for the treatment of many conditions, but it's also helpful in the prevention of malaria. It works by stopping the reproduction of the malaria parasite in the bloodstream so that the immune system can remove it from your system. To ensure that a sufficient amount of the antibiotic has built up in your system, this medication needs to be taken a few days before you intend on travelling to a malaria area. Doxycycline can be used to prepare for malaria in parts of the world where the parasite has become chloroquine resistant.
It targets the malaria parasite directly and stops it from producing proteins. By doing this it stops the parasite from reproducing, which could lead to serious illness. If the parasite can't spread, the immune system can rapidly remove it from the body avoiding serious health implications for a traveller.
Doxycycline is used widely and is suitable for most people, however you will not be prescribed this if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should also not use this medication if you have a sensitivity to doxycycline, minocycline or tetracycline. If you are currently taking vitamin or mineral supplements, you should mention this to your doctor as these types of treatments have been known to render the drug less effective.
This treatment should be started two days before you leave on your travels and continued for the duration of your stay and up to four weeks afterwards. It's very important that you remember to take this treatment every day to ensure that the level of Doxycycline remains high enough in your system to avoid infection. Malaria can remain in your system for a long time without causing you to feel ill, which is why it's advised to continue taking your medication even when you are back.
This treatment is highly effective in a low dose and unlikely to cause serious side effects, which is why it is so widely prescribed. The most common effects may include diarrhoea, thrush, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal pain and a sensitivity to light. These shouldn't be a cause for concern, but if these side effects persist or you start to develop anything more serious, you should seek medical help straight away. You should also be aware that Doxycycline can make your oral contraceptive less effective.
You can order Doxycycline online at 121doc. To ensure that our partner doctors have all the right information regarding your current health and the destination you are travelling to, we ask all our patients to complete an online consultation form. This form will be checked and if approved, a prescription for your travel treatment will be sent to our pharmacy from where your order will be sent directly to you. All orders with 121doc include a free consultation and next day delivery. If you live in London you are eligible for same day delivery and you may receive your order in as little as two hours. We have several malaria medications available. If Doxycycline is not the correct medication for you then visit our travel health page where you can find other malaria treatments such as Malarone and Palurine.
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