Your sinuses are small cavities located behind your facial structure (in the eyebrow, cheekbone, forehead and nasal areas). Sinus infections (also commonly referred to as sinusitis) are often mistaken for a bad cold since many of the symptoms are similar: facial pain, nasal congestion, headache and runny nose. Sinus infections, however, are frequently the result of a bacterial infection which may require the use of an antibiotic like doxycycline to treat 1.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Doxycycline belongs to a group of antibiotics which has been in use for more than 40 years 1. It is a powerful tetracycline antibiotic which can be used to combat a wide range of bacterial infections. It works in your body by halting bacteria and preventing further replication. This slows bacteria from growing in your body, eradicating sinus infections.
Talk to your doctor about any history of allergic reactions that you may have. If you have had a reaction to medications like minocycline, tetracycline or demeclocycline you should not take this medication.
This medication could pose a risk of harming your unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Do not use this medication if you are breast feeding as it can pass into breast milk.
Doxycycline may inhibit the efficacy of birth control pills 1. Always use a backup form of birth control (like condoms) to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
If you have a history of liver or kidney disease you may need special dosing instructions.
Side effects of doxycycline include:
- difficulty swallowing
- sores in the genital or rectal area
- abdominal discomfort
- swelling of the tongue
- white patches inside the mouth
- vaginal discharge/itching
- sores on the lips 1
How to Take Doxycycline
Take this medication in accordance with your doctor’s instructions (located on the label of your prescription). You should take the medicine with 8 oz. of water and avoid taking it with any dairy products which could inhibit your body’s ability to absorb the medication.
Be sure to take this medication for the full length of time that your doctor has indicated. You may begin to feel better before your infection is completely eradicated.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. If it is nearly time for your next dosage, skip the one that you’ve missed and resume your normal schedule. Do not take any extra medication to compensate for the dose that you missed.
Certain drugs may interact with doxycycline 1. Tell your doctor about all medications (including over the counter, herbal supplements and vitamins) that you are taking to avoid adverse reactions.
Tell your doctor about all medications (including over the counter, herbal supplements and vitamins) that you are taking to avoid adverse reactions. Sinus infections, however, are frequently the result of a bacterial infection which may require the use of an antibiotic like doxycycline to treat. Side effects of doxycycline include difficulty swallowing, sores in the genital or rectal area, nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, swelling of the tongue, white patches inside the mouth, vaginal discharge/itching and sores on the lips 1.