Doxycycline is a prescription drug used to treat Lyme disease.
Taking doxycycline for Lyme disease is, in general, a highly beneficial treatment. If the drug is given to a patient within 72 hours of the initial bite of the tick that causes Lyme disease, it has been shown to prevent the disease from developing. The only time it is not appropriate to use doxycycline for Lyme disease is when the patient has nerve damage as a result of the disease. Common side effects associated with doxycycline include diarrhea, mouth sores, and itchiness in the rectum or vagina.
Itchy rectum is a common side effect of doxycycline.
Lyme disease is caused by a tick bite and causes symptoms that affect the skin, heart, joints, and nervous system. Lyme disease is also known as borrelia, which is a name derived from the microorganism that causes the disease. It is usually transmitted by the wood tick, which normally lives on deer. The tick burrows into a human’s skin, usually in warm places like the groin or armpits, and exposes the host to the risk of infection.
Lyme disease can be contracted when exposed to tick-borne bacteria.
Doxycycline is a medication used to treat many bacterial infections and comes in capsule, syrup, or tablet form. Research has shown that if patients take a 200 milligram dose of doxycycline for Lyme disease within 72 hours of the initial tick bite, the drug is effective nearly 90 percent of the time. The drug is also prescribed in 30-day courses for the treatment of heart, nerve, and joint symptoms associated with Lyme disease.
Severe headaches are a less common but serious side effect of doxycycline.
The drug’s side effects are the only downsides to taking doxycycline for Lyme disease. The most common side effects are mouth sores, diarrhea, and itchiness in the rectum or vagina. These symptoms are not considered serious unless they are particularly persistent or severe. Less common but more serious side effects associated with using doxycycline for Lyme disease include severe headache, blurred vision, hives, itching, dark urine, vomiting, stomach pain, and loss of appetite.
Overall, using doxycycline for Lyme disease has a lot more pros than cons. The treatment is cheaper than alternative treatment with intravenous antibiotics for the disease and has been shown to be effective in clinical trials. The cons of using doxycycline for Lyme disease are simply the side effects of the drug, and side effects are a potential risk of virtually all treatments.