Periostat (doxycycline) is a tetracycline antibiotic. It fights bacteria in the body. Doxycycline is used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, acne, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, periodontitis (gum disease), and others. Doxycycline is also used to treat blemishes, bumps, and acne-like lesions caused by rosacea. Doxycycline will not treat facial redness caused by rosacea. Periostat (doxycycline hyclate) is an oral enzyme inhibitor that works by reducing the activity of host-derived enzymes, such as collagenase. Collagenase has been shown to be associated with the destruction of the periodontal support structures during the progression of adult periodontitis. Periostat is administered systemically, offering the additional advantage of being able to treat all the tooth sites simultaneously, a whole-mouth approach to the management of the host response.
How to consume
Most brands of doxycyline may be taken with food or milk if the medicine upsets your stomach. Take Oracea or Periostat on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. You may open a Doryx capsule or break up a Doryx tablet and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Drink a full glass (8 ounces) of cool water right away.
Do not crush, break, or open a delayed-release capsule. Swallow the pill whole. Breaking or opening the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. The enteric coated pill has a special coating to protect your stomach. Breaking the pill will damage this coating. Measure liquid medicine with a special dose measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Doxycycline will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu. If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using doxycycline. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Once you buy Periostat online and use it, make sure you do not miss your dose and if by any chance you miss one, take it as soon as you remember, or if it is too late, skip the missed dose and continue with your routine dose at the next scheduled time. In the condition of consuming over dose, call your doctor and seek medical help, since an overdose can prove to be fatal to your health.
Encounter with other drugs
There is a possibility that Periostat may encounter with other drugs and give harmful health effects : Isotretinoin; Tretinoin taken by mouth; Live bacterial vaccines; Barbiturates (such as phenobarbital); "Blood thinners" (such as warfarin); Acitretin; Strontium; Digoxin; Penicillins; Anti-seizure medications (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin). This list may be incomplete, and there could be other drugs which might enocounter with Periostat, which could have its side effect on you, always tell your doctor incase you use other drugs or medication.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
Difficulty breathing; Fever; Itching in the rectal or genital area; Pain on swallowing; Redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth; Severe stomach pain or cramps; Unusual bleeding or bruising; Unusually weak or tired; Yellowing of the eyes or skin.The list of these side effects can be incomplete, and while using this medication, you can experience any other side effect too, to avoid such a scenario, always follow your doctor’s direction.
Store it well
Once you buy Periostat online and use it, store it at room temperature, keep away from moisture, heat and direct sunlight, keep it somewhere children cannot reach.
Disclaimer: the above information provided is for your own reference. If you need to start the medicine under any circumstance(s) please consult your health care facilitator for a detailed plan to follow up.