The active ingredient doxycycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, an antibiotic that is effective against a variety of different bacteria. The most important area of application is bacterial infections and associated diseases such as lung, middle ear and urinary tract infections. In addition, doxycycline is also used against protozoa (ie pathogenic unicellular organisms), such as the causative agent of malaria. Here you read everything important about the effect of doxycycline, side effects and indications.ArtikelübersichtDoxycyclin
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That's how doxycycline works
Doxycycline is an antibiotic from the tetracycline group. Like all other tetracycline derivatives, it has a growth inhibiting effect on the bacteria - hence it is also called a "bacteriostatic agent". In order to be able to grow, bacteria (like other organisms) have to read the information of their genome and from the obtained information produce proteins that fulfill vital functions in the cell. This reading and translating the bacterial genetic information is now selectively inhibited by tetracyclines such as doxycyline. In contrast, human cells are not hampered in their growth because the antibiotic only has a selective effect on the unicellular organisms.
This process stops growth of the pathogens, giving the body the chance to control the infection through immune reactions.How antibiotics work With what tricks antibiotics paralyze bacteria and why the miracle weapon sometimes fails synonymous with what tricks antibiotics paralyze bacteria and why the miracle weapon sometimes fails synonymous. To the table of contents
When is doxycycline used?
Doxycycline is used to treat various infectious diseases. Examples are bacterial infections of the respiratory tract (such as chronic bronchitis, atypical pneumonia, sinusitis and otitis media). Also in Lyme disease, diseases of the urinary tract, the genital tract and the prostate, various gastrointestinal diseases (such as cholera) and skin diseases (such as acne vulgaris), the antibiotic can be administered.
Another interesting application for long-haul travelers is the use of doxycycline - malaria. The antibiotic is suitable both for the prevention and for the treatment of tropical diseases. Especially in areas where the malaria pathogen is resistant to many different antibiotics, doxycycline is usually given in combination with one or more other antibiotics. In Germany, however, there is no drug with doxycycline, which is approved for the treatment of malaria. If a vacationer with malaria comes back to Germany, Doxycyclin can only be used "off-label" - ie outside its official approval - for treatment.