Medicines for the prevention of malaria while traveling - Doxycycline
Corporate Authors:Center for Global Health (U.S.). Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria.
Description:What is doxycycline? -- Who can take doxycycline? -- Who should not take doxycycline? -- How should I take doxycycline? -- Where can I buy doxycycline? -- Will doxycycline interact with my other medications? -- In what parts of the world can doxycycline be used for prevention of malaria in travelers? -- What are the potential side effects of doxycycline? -- Other considerations -- How long is it safe to use doxycycline? -- For more information.
Doxycycline is an antibiotic that also can be used to prevent malaria. It is available in the United States by prescription only. It is sold under multiple brand names and it is also sold as a generic medicine. It is available in tablets, capsules, and an oral liquid formulation. Two equally effective types of doxycycline are available, doxycycline hyclate and doxycycline monohydrate.
Doxycycline can be prescribed by itself for the prevention of malaria or in combination with another medicine for treatment of malaria.
This fact sheet provides information about its use for the prevention of malaria infection associated with travel.
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