5 Things You Need to Know About Doxycycline

Doxycycline has been around since the 1960s. It's called a broad spectrum antibiotic because it effectively treats many different bacterial infections. Once they enter your body, bacteria reproduce by manufacturing protein. Doxycycline invades the bacterial cells and obstructs the protein production so the bacteria cannot multiply. Your body's white blood cells rush in to finish the battle. Doxycycline is used for treatment of upper respiratory tract infections like pneumonia, tick borne disorders like Lyme disease, skin infections like acne, urinary tract infections and anthrax. It is also prescribed for prevention of malaria.

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Doxycycline has been around since the 1960s. It's called a broad spectrum antibiotic because it effectively treats many different bacterial infections. Once they enter your body, bacteria reproduce by manufacturing protein. Doxycycline invades the bacterial cells and obstructs the protein production so the bacteria cannot multiply. Your body's white blood cells rush in to finish the battle. Doxycycline is used for treatment of upper respiratory tract infections like pneumonia, tick borne disorders like Lyme disease, skin infections like acne, urinary tract infections and anthrax. It is also prescribed for prevention of malaria.

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