NDC 40032-790 Doxycycline


NDC Product Code 40032-790

NDC CODE: 40032-790

Proprietary Name: Doxycycline What is the Proprietary Name?
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Non-Proprietary Name: Doxycycline What is the Non-Proprietary Name?
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Product Characteristics

Shape: CAPSULE (C48336)
18 MM
Score: 1

NDC Code Structure

NDC 40032-790-01

Package Description: 100 CAPSULE in 1 BOTTLE

NDC 40032-790-10

Package Description: 1000 CAPSULE in 1 BOTTLE

NDC 40032-790-11

Package Description: 50 CAPSULE in 1 BOTTLE

NDC Product Information

Doxycycline with NDC 40032-790 is a a human prescription drug product labeled by Novel Laboratories, Inc.. The generic name of Doxycycline is doxycycline. The product's dosage form is capsule and is administered via oral form. The RxNorm Crosswalk for this NDC code indicates multiple RxCUI concepts are associated to this product: 1649401, 1649990 and 700408.

Dosage Form: Capsule - A solid oral dosage form consisting of a shell and a filling. The shell is composed of a single sealed enclosure, or two halves that fit together and which are sometimes sealed with a band. Capsule shells may be made from gelatin, starch, or cellulose, or other suitable materials, may be soft or hard, and are filled with solid or liquid ingredients that can be poured or squeezed.

Product Type: Human Prescription Drug What kind of product is this?
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Doxycycline Active Ingredient(s)

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Inactive Ingredient(s)

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  • D&C YELLOW NO. 10 (UNII: 35SW5USQ3G)
  • GELATIN (UNII: 2G86QN327L)
  • SHELLAC (UNII: 46N107B71O)

Administration Route(s)

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  • Oral - Administration to or by way of the mouth.

Pharmacological Class(es)

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  • Tetracycline-class Drug - [EPC] (Established Pharmacologic Class)
  • Tetracyclines - [CS]

Product Labeler Information

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Labeler Name: Novel Laboratories, Inc.
Labeler Code: 40032
FDA Application Number: ANDA204446 What is the FDA Application Number?
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Start Marketing Date: 05-28-2015 What is the Start Marketing Date?
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Listing Expiration Date: 12-31-2021 What is the Listing Expiration Date?
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Exclude Flag: N - NO What is the NDC Exclude Flag?
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Information for Patients


Doxycycline is pronounced as (dox i sye' kleen)

Why is doxycycline medication prescribed?
Doxycycline is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; Lyme disease; acne; infections of skin, genital, and urinar...
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Doxycycline Product Labeling Information

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To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of doxycycline capsules and other antibacterial drugs, doxycycline capsules should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria.


Doxycycline is a broad-spectrum antibacterial synthetically derived from oxytetracycline. Doxycycline capsules USP, 50 mg, 75 mg, and 100 mg contain doxycycline monohydrate equivalent to 50 mg, 75 mg, and 100 mg of doxycycline for oral administration. The chemical designation of the light yellow to pale yellow powder is 2-Naphthacenecarboxamide,4-(dimethylamino)-1,4,4a,5,5a,6,11,12a-octahydro-3,5,10,12,12a-pentahydroxy-6-methyl-1,11-dioxo-,[4S-(4α,4aα,5α,5aα,6α,12aα)]-,monohydrate.Structural formula:C22H24N2O8 • H2O               M.W. = 462.45     Doxycycline has a high degree of lipid solubility and a low affinity for calcium binding. It is highly stable in normal human serum. Doxycycline will not degrade into an epianhydro form.Inert ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide; magnesium stearate; microcrystalline cellulose; sodium starch glycolate; and a hard gelatin capsule which contains titanium dioxide, FD&C Red # 3, D&C Yellow # 10, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate, for the 50 mg strength; iron oxide black, iron oxide red, iron oxide yellow, titanium dioxide, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate for the 75 mg strength and  iron oxide black, Iron Oxide Red, Iron Oxide Yellow, Titanium Dioxide, FD & C Red# 3, D&C Yellow # 10, gelatin, sodium lauryl sulfate for the 100 mg strength. The capsules are printed with edible ink containing shellac, titanium dioxide, black iron oxide, brown iron oxide and potassium hydroxide for 50 mg, 75 mg and 100 mg strengths.

Clinical Pharmacology

Tetracyclines are readily absorbed and are bound to plasma proteins in varying degrees. They are concentrated by the liver in the bile and excreted in the urine and feces at high concentrations in a biologically active form. Doxycycline is virtually completely absorbed after oral administration.Following a 200 mg dose of doxycycline monohydrate, 24 normal adult volunteers averaged the following serum concentration values: Time (hr):0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 4.0 8.0 12.0 24.0 48.0 72.0Conc.1.02 2.26 2.67 3.01 3.16 3.03 2.03 1.62 0.95 0.37 0.15 (mcg/mL)Average Observed Values Maximum Concentration             3.61 mcg/mL (± 0.9 sd) Time of Maximum Concentration               2.60 hr (± 1.10 sd) Elimination Rate Constant          0.049 per hr (± 0.030 sd) Half-Life               16.33 hr (± 4.53 sd)Excretion of doxycycline by the kidney is about 40%/72 hours in individuals with normal function (creatinine clearance about 75 mL/min). This percentage excretion may fall as low as 1-5%/72 hours in individuals with severe renal insufficiency (creatinine clearance below 10 mL/min). Studies have shown no significant difference in serum half-life of doxycycline (range 18 to 22 hours) in individuals with normal and severely impaired renal function. Hemodialysis does not alter serum half-life.Microbiology:Mechanism of ActionDoxycycline inhibits bacterial protein synthesis by binding to the 30S ribosomal subunit. Doxycycline has bacteriostatic activity against a broad range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Cross resistance with other tetracyclines is common.Doxycycline has been shown to be active against most isolates of the following microorganisms, both in vitro and in clinical infections as described in the INDICATIONS AND USAGE section of the package insert.Gram-Negative BacteriaAcinetobacter speciesBartonella bacilliformisBrucella speciesEnterobacter aerogenesEscherichia coliFrancisella tularensisHaemophilus ducreyiHaemophilus influenzaeKlebsiella granulomatisKlebsiella speciesNeisseria gonorrhoeaeShigella speciesVibrio choleraeVibrio fetusYersinia pestisGram-Positive BacteriaBacillus anthracis Streptococcus pneumoniaeAnaerobesClostridium species Fusobacterium fusiformePropionibacterium acnesOther BacteriaNorcardiae and other aerobic Actinomyces speciesBorrelia recurrentisChlamydophila psittaciChlamydia trachomatisMycoplasma pneumoniaeRickettsiaeTreponema pallidumTreponema pallidum subspecies pertenueUreaplasma urealyticumParasitesBalantidium coli Entamoeba speciesPlasmodium falciparum**Doxycycline has been found to be active against the asexual erythrocytic forms of Plasmodium falciparum, but not against the gametocytes of P. falciparum. The precise mechanism of action of the drug is not known.Susceptibility Testing Methods:When available, the clinical microbiology laboratory should provide the results of in vitro susceptibility test results for antimicrobial drugs used in resident hospitals to the physician as periodic reports that describe the susceptibility profile of nosocomial and community-acquired pathogens. These reports should aid the physician in selecting the most effective antimicrobial.Dilution Techniques:Quantitative methods are used to determine antimicrobial minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs). These MICs provide estimates of the susceptibility of bacteria to antimicrobial compounds. The MICs should be determined using a standardized test method (broth and/or agar).1,2,4,6,7 The MIC values should be interpreted according to the criteria provided in Table 1.Diffusion Techniques Quantitative methods that require measurement of zone diameters can also provide reproducible estimates of the susceptibility of bacteria to antimicrobial compounds. The zone size provides an estimate of the susceptibility of bacteria to antimicrobial compounds. The zone size should be determined using a standard test method. 1,3,4 This procedure uses paper disks impregnated with 30 mcg doxycycline to test the susceptibility of bacteria to doxycycline. The disk diffusion interpretive criteria are provided in Table 1.Anaerobic TechniquesFor anaerobic bacteria, the susceptibility to doxycycline can be determined by a standardized test method5. The MIC values obtained should be interpreted according to the criteria provided in Table 1.Table 1: Susceptibility Test Interpretive Criteria for Doxycycline and TetracyclineBacteria* Minimal InhibitoryConcentration (mcg per mL)Zone Diameter (mm)Agar Dilution (mcg per mL) SIRSIRSIRAcinetobacter spp.    Doxycycline≤48≥16≥1310 to12≤9---    Tetracycline≤48≥16≥1512 to14≤11---Anaerobes    Tetracycline------≤48≥16Bacillus anthracis†    Doxycycline≤1--------    Tetracycline≤1--------Brucella species†    Doxycycline≤1--------    Tetracycline≤1--------Enterobacteriaceae    Doxycycline≤4  8  ≥16≥1411 to13≤10---    Tetracycline≤4  8  ≥16≥1512 to14≤11---Franciscella tularensis†    Doxycycline≤4--------    Tetracycline≤4--------Haemophilus influenzae---    Tetracycline≤24≥8≥2926 to 28≤25---Mycoplasma pneumoniae†    Tetracycline------≤2--Neisseria gonorrhoeae‡    Tetracycline---≥3831 to 37≤30≤0.250.5 to 1≥2Norcardiae and other aerobicActinomyces species  Doxycycline≤12 to 4≥8------Streptococcus pneumoniaeDoxycycline≤0.250.5>1>2825 to 27<24---    Tetracycline<12>4>2825 to 27<24---Vibrio cholerae    Doxycycline≤48≥16------    Tetracycline≤48≥16------Yersinia pestis    Doxycycline≤48≥16------    Tetracycline≤48≥16------Ureaplasma urealyticum    Tetracycline------≤1-≥2* Organisms susceptible to tetracycline are also considered susceptible to doxycycline. However, some organisms that are intermediate or resistant toTetracycline may be susceptible to doxycycline.† The current absence of resistance isolates precludes defining any results other than "Susceptible". If isolates yielding MIC results other than susceptible, theyshould be submitted to a reference laboratory for further testing.‡ Gonococci with 30 mcg tetracycline disk zone diameters of  < 19 mm usually indicate a plasmid-mediated tetracycline resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeaeisolate. Resistance in these strains should be confirmed by a dilution test (MIC ≥ to 16 mcg / mL).A report of Susceptible (S) indicates that antimicrobial is likely to inhibit growth of the pathogen if the antimicrobial compound reaches the concentrations at the infection site necessary to inhibit growth of the pathogen. A report of Intermediate (I) indicates that the result should be considered equivocal, and, if the bacteria is not fully susceptible to alternative, clinically feasible drugs, the test should be repeated. This category implies possible clinical applicability in body sites where the drug product is physiologically concentrated or in situations where high dosage of drug can be used. This category also provides a buffer zone that prevents small uncontrolled technical factors from causing major discrepancies in interpretation. A report of Resistant (R) indicates that the pathogen is not likely to inhibit growth of the pathogen if the antimicrobial compound reaches the concentrations usually achievable at the infection site; other therapy should be selected.Quality ControlStandardized susceptibility test procedures require the use of laboratory controls to monitor and ensure the accuracy and precision of supplies and reagents used in the assay, and the techniques of the individuals performing the test1,2,3,4,5,6,7. Standard doxycycline and tetracycline powders should provide the following range of MIC values noted in Table 2. For the diffusion technique using the 30 mcg doxycycline disk the criteria in Table 2 should be achieved.Table 2: Acceptable Quality Control Ranges for Susceptibility Testing for Doxycycline and TetracyclineQC StrainMinimal Inhibitory Concentration(mcg/mL)Zone Diameter (mm)Agar Dilution (mcg/mL)Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212    Doxycycline2 to 8--    Tetracycline8 to 32--Escherichia coli ATCC 25922    Doxycycline0.5 to 218 to 24-    Tetracycline0.5 to 218 to 25-Eggerthella lenta ATCC 43055    Doxycycline2 to 16--Haemophilus influenzae ATCC 49247    Tetracycline4 to 3214 to 22-Neisseria gonorrhoeae ATCC 49226    Tetracycline-30 to 420.25 to 1Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923    Doxycycline-23 to 29-    Tetracycline-24 to 30-Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 29213    Doxycycline0.12 to 0.5--    Tetracycline0.12 to 1--Streptococcus pneumoniae ATCC 49619    Doxycycline0.015 to 0.1225 to 34-    Tetracycline0.06 to 0.527 to 31-Bacteroides fragilis ATCC 25285    Tetracycline--0.12 to 0.5Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron ATCC 29741Doxycycline2 to 8--    Tetracycline--8 to 32Mycoplasma pneumoniae ATCC 29342    Tetracycline0.06 to 0.5-0.06 to 0.5Ureaplasma urealyticum ATCC 33175    Tetracycline--≥8

Indications And Usage

To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain effectiveness of doxycycline capsules, USP and other antibacterial drugs, doxycycline capsules, USP should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria. When culture and susceptibility information are available, they should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy. In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy. Doxycycline is indicated for the treatment of the following infections:   Rocky mountain spotted fever, typhus fever and the typhus group, Q fever, rickettsialpox, and tick fevers caused by Rickettsiae.  Respiratory tract infections caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae.  Lymphogranuloma venereum caused by Chlamydia trachomatis.  Psittacosis (ornithosis) caused by Chlamydophila psittaci.  Trachoma caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, although the infectious agent is not always eliminated as judged by immunofluorescence.  Inclusion conjunctivitis caused by Chlamydia trachomatis.  Uncomplicated urethral, endocervical or rectal infections in adults caused by Chlamydia trachomatis.  Nongonococcal urethritis caused by Ureaplasma urealyticum.  Relapsing fever due to Borrelia recurrentis.Doxycycline is also indicated for the treatment of infections caused by the following gram-negative microorganisms:  Chancroid caused by Haemophilus ducreyi.  Plague due to Yersinia pestis.   Tularemia due to Francisella tularensis.  Cholera caused by Vibrio cholerae.  Campylobacter fetus infections caused by Campylobacter fetus.  Brucellosis due to Brucella species (in conjunction with streptomycin).  Bartonellosis due to Bartonella bacilliformis.  Granuloma inguinale caused by Calymmatobacterium granulomatis.Because many strains of the following groups of microorganisms have been shown to be resistant to doxycycline, culture and susceptibility testing are recommended.Doxycycline is indicated for treatment of infections caused by the following gram-negative microorganisms, when bacteriologic testing indicates appropriate susceptibility to the drug:  Escherichia coli  Enterobacter aerogenes  Shigella species  Acinetobacter species  Respiratory tract infections caused by Haemophilus influenzae.  Respiratory tract and urinary tract infections caused by Klebsiella species.Doxycycline is indicated for treatment of infections caused by the following gram-positive microorganisms when bacteriologic testing indicates appropriate susceptibility to the drug:  Upper respiratory infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae.  Anthrax due to Bacillus anthracis, including inhalational anthrax (post-exposure): to reduce the incidence or progression of disease following exposure to   aerosolized Bacillus anthracis.When penicillin is contraindicated, doxycycline is an alternative  in the treatment of the following infections:  Uncomplicated gonorrhea caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae.  Syphilis caused by Treponema pallidum.  Yaws caused by Treponema pertenue.  Listeriosis due to Listeria monocytogenes.  Vincent's infection caused by Fusobacterium fusiforme.  Actinomycosis caused by Actinomyces israelii.  Infections caused by Clostridium species.In acute intestinal amebiasis, doxycycline may be a useful adjunct to amebicides.In severe acne, doxycycline may be useful adjunctive therapy.


This drug is contraindicated in persons who have shown hypersensitivity to any of the tetracyclines.


THE USE OF DRUGS OF THE TETRACYCLINE CLASS DURING TOOTH DEVELOPMENT (LAST HALF OF PREGNANCY, INFANCY, AND CHILDHOOD TO THE AGE OF 8 YEARS) MAY CAUSE PERMANENT DISCOLORATION OF THE TEETH (YELLOW-GRAY-BROWN). This adverse reaction is more common during long-term use of the drugs but has been observed following repeated short-term courses. Enamel hypoplasia has also been reported. TETRACYCLINE DRUGS, THEREFORE, SHOULD NOT BE USED IN THIS AGE GROUP, EXCEPT FOR ANTHRAX, INCLUDING INHALATIONAL ANTHRAX (POST- EXPOSURE), UNLESS OTHER DRUGS ARE NOT LIKELY TO BE EFFECTIVE OR ARE CONTRAINDICATED.Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (CDAD) has been reported with use of nearly all antibacterial agents, including doxycycline capsules, and may range in severity from mild diarrhea to fatal colitis. Treatment with antibacterial agents alters the normal flora of the colon leading to overgrowth of C. difficile.C. difficile produces toxins A and B which contribute to the development of CDAD. Hypertoxin producing strains of C. difficile cause increased morbidity and mortality, as these infections can be refractory to antimicrobial therapy and may require colectomy. CDAD must be considered in all patients who present with diarrhea following antibiotic use. Careful medical history is necessary since CDAD has been reported to occur over two months after the administration of antibacterial agents.If CDAD is suspected or confirmed, ongoing antibiotic use not directed against C. difficile may need to be discontinued. Appropriate fluid and electrolyte management, protein supplementation, antibiotic treatment of C. difficile, and surgical evaluation should be instituted as clinically indicated.All tetracyclines form a stable calcium complex in any bone-forming tissue. A decrease in the fibula growth rate has been observed in prematures given oral tetracycline in doses of 25 mg/kg every six hours. This reaction was shown to be reversible when the drug was discontinued.Results of animal studies indicate that tetracyclines cross the placenta, are found in fetal tissues, and can have toxic effects on the developing fetus (often related to retardation of skeletal development). Evidence of embryo toxicity has been noted in animals treated early in pregnancy. If any tetracycline is used during pregnancy or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking these drugs, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus.The antianabolic action of the tetracyclines may cause an increase in BUN. Studies to date indicate that this does not occur with the use of doxycycline in patients with impaired renal function.Photosensitivity manifested by an exaggerated sunburn reaction has been observed in some individuals taking tetracyclines. Patients apt to be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light should be advised that this reaction can occur with tetracycline drugs, and treatment should be discontinued at the first evidence of skin erythema.


General:As with other antibacterial preparations, use of this drug may result in overgrowth of non-susceptible organisms, including fungi. If superinfection occurs, the antibiotic should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted.Intracranial hypertension (IH, pseudotumorcerebri) has been associated with the use of tetracyclines including doxycycline.Clinical manifestations of IH include headache, blurred vision, diplopia, and vision loss; papilledema can be found on fundoscopy. Women of childbearing age who are overweight or have a history of IH are at greater risk for developing tetracycline associated IH. Concomitant use of isotretinoin and doxycyline should be avoided because isotretinoin is also known to cause pseudotumorcerebri.Although IH typically resolves after discontinuation of treatment, the possibility for permanent visual loss exists. If visual disturbance occurs during treatment, prompt ophthalmologic evaluation is warranted. Since intracranial pressure can remain elevated for weeks after drug cessation patients should be monitored until they stabilize.Incision and drainage or other surgical procedures should be performed in conjunction with antibacterial therapy when indicated.Prescribing doxycycline capsules in the absence of proven or strongly suspected bacterial infection or a prophylactic indication is unlikely to provide benefit to the patient and increases the risk of the development of drug-resistant bacteria.Information for Patients:All patients taking doxycycline should be advised:–to avoid excessive sunlight or artificial ultraviolet light while receiving doxycycline and to discontinue therapy if phototoxicity (e.g., skin eruptions, etc.) occurs. Sunscreen or sunblock should be considered. (See WARNINGS.)–to drink fluids liberally along with doxycycline to reduce the risk of esophageal irritation and ulceration.(See ADVERSE REACTIONS.)–that the absorption of tetracyclines is reduced when taken with foods, especially those which contain calcium. However, the absorption of doxycycline is not markedly influenced by simultaneous ingestion of food or milk. (See Drug Interactions.)–that the absorption of tetracyclines is reduced when taking bismuth subsalicylate. (See Drug Interactions.)–not to use outdated or poorly stored doxycycline.–that the use of doxycycline might increase the incidence of vaginal candidiasis.Diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibiotics which usually ends when the antibiotic is discontinued. Sometimes after starting treatment with antibiotics, patients can develop watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever) even as late as two or more months after having taken the last dose of the antibiotic. If this occurs, patients should contact their physician as soon as possible.Patients should be counseled that antibacterial drugs including doxycycline capsules should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold). When doxycycline capsules are prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, patients should be told that although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by doxycycline capsules or other antibacterial drugs in the future.Laboratory Tests:In venereal disease when coexistent syphilis is suspected, a dark-field examination should be done before treatment is started and the blood serology repeated monthly for at least four months.In long-term therapy, periodic laboratory evaluations of organ systems, including hematopoietic, renal, and hepatic studies should be performed.Drug Interactions: Because tetracyclines have been shown to depress plasma prothrombin activity, patients who are on anticoagulant therapy may require downward adjustment of their anticoagulant dosage.Since bacteriostatic drugs may interfere with the bactericidal action of penicillin, it is advisable to avoid giving tetracyclines in conjunction with penicillin.Absorption of tetracyclines is impaired by antacids containing aluminum, calcium, or magnesium, and iron-containing preparations.Barbiturates, carbamazepine, and phenytoin decrease the half-life of doxycycline.The concurrent use of tetracycline and methoxyflurane has been reported to result in fatal renal toxicity.Concurrent use of tetracycline may render oral contraceptives less effective.Drug/Laboratory Test Interactions:False elevations of urinary catecholamine levels may occur due to interference with the fluorescence test.Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility:Long-term studies in animals to evaluate the carcinogenic potential of doxycycline have not been conducted. However, there has been evidence of oncogenic activity in rats in studies with related antibacterial, oxytetracycline (adrenal and pituitary tumors) and minocycline (thyroid tumors). Likewise, although mutagenicity studies of doxycycline have not been conducted, positive results in in vitro mammalian cell assays have been reported for related antibacterial (tetracycline, oxytetracycline). Doxycycline administered orally at dosage levels as high as 250 mg/kg/day had no apparent effect on the fertility of female rats. Effect on male fertility has not been studied.Pregnancy:Teratogenic Effects.Pregnancy Category D:There are no adequate and well-controlled studies on the use of doxycycline in pregnant short-term, first trimester exposure. There are no human data available to assess the effects of long-term therapy of doxycycline in pregnant women such as that proposed for treatment of anthrax exposure. An expert review of published data on experiences with doxycycline use during pregnancy by TERIS - the Teratogen Information System - concluded that therapeutic doses during pregnancy are unlikely to pose a substantial teratogenic risk (the quantity and quality of data were assessed as limited to fair), but the data are insufficient to state that there is no risk.8A case-control study (18,515 mothers of infants with congenital anomalies and 32,804 mothers of infants with no congenital anomalies) shows a weak but marginally statistically significant association with total malformations and use of doxycycline anytime during pregnancy. (Sixty-three [0.19%] of the controls and 56 [0.30%] of the cases were treated with doxycycline.) This association was not seen when the analysis was confined to maternal treatment during the period of organogenesis (i.e., in the second and third months of gestation) with the exception of a marginal relationship with neural tube defect based on only two exposed cases.9A small prospective study of 81 pregnancies describes 43 pregnant women treated for 10 days with doxycycline during early first trimester. All mothers reported their exposed infants were normal at 1 year of age.10Labor and Delivery:The effect of tetracyclines on labor and delivery is unknownNursing Mothers:Tetracyclines are excreted in human milk, however, the extent of absorption of tetracyclines, including doxycycline, by the breastfed infant is not known. Short-term use by lactating women is not necessarily contraindicated; however, the effects of prolonged exposure to doxycycline in breast milk are unknown.11 Because of the potential for adverse reactions in nursing infants from doxycycline, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother. (See WARNINGS.)Pediatric Use:See WARNINGS and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION sections.

Adverse Reactions

Due to oral doxycycline's virtually complete absorption, side effects to the lower bowel, particularly diarrhea, have been infrequent. The following adverse reactions have been observed in patients receiving tetracyclines.Gastrointestinal: Anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, glossitis, dysphagia, enterocolitis, and inflammatory lesions (with monilial overgrowth) in the anogenital region. Hepatotoxicity has been reported. These reactions have been caused by both the oral and parenteral administration of tetracyclines. Rare instances of esophagitis and esophageal ulcerations have been reported in patients receiving capsule and tablet forms of drugs in the tetracycline class. Most of these patients took medications immediately before going to bed. (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.)Skin: Maculopapular and erythematous rashes, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and erythema multiforme have been reported. Exfoliative dermatitis has been reported but is uncommon. Photosensitivity is discussed above. (See WARNINGS.)Renal Toxicity: Rise in BUN has been reported and is apparently dose related. (See WARNINGS.)Hypersensitivity Reactions: Urticaria, angioneurotic edema, anaphylaxis, anaphylactoidpurpura, serum sickness, pericarditis, and exacerbation of systemic lupus erythematosus.Blood: Hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, and eosinophilia have been reported with tetracyclines.Other: Intracranial hypertension (IH, pseudotumorcerebri) has been associated with the use of tetracyclines. (See PRECAUTIONS-General.)When given over prolonged periods, tetracyclines have been reported to produce brown-black microscopic discoloration of the thyroid gland. No abnormalities of thyroid function are known to occur.


In case of overdosage, discontinue medication, treat symptomatically and institute supportive measures. Dialysis does not alter serum half-life, and it would not be of benefit in treating cases of overdosage.

Dosage And Administration

THE USUAL DOSAGE AND FREQUENCY OF ADMINISTRATION OF DOXYCYCLINE DIFFERS FROM THAT OF THE OTHER TETRACYCLINES. EXCEEDING THE RECOMMENDED DOSAGE MAY RESULT IN AN INCREASED INCIDENCE OF SIDE EFFECTS.Adults: The usual dose of oral doxycycline is 200 mg on the first day of treatment (administered 100 mg every 12 hours or 50 mg every 6 hours) followed by a maintenance dose of 100 mg/day. The maintenance dose may be administered as a single dose or as 50 mg every 12 hours. In the management of more severe infections (particularly chronic infections of the urinary tract), 100 mg every 12 hours is recommended.For pediatric patients above eight years of age: The recommended dosage schedule for pediatric patients weighing 100 pounds or less is 2 mg/lb of body weight divided into two doses on the first day of treatment, followed by 1 mg/lb of body weight given as a single daily dose or divided into two doses, on subsequent days. For more severe infections up to 2 mg/lb of body weight may be used. For pediatric patients over 100 pounds the usual adult dose should be used.Uncomplicated gonococcal infections in adults (except anorectal infections in men): 100 mg, by mouth, twice a day for 7 days. As an alternate single visit dose, administer 300 mg stat followed in one hour by a second 300 mg dose.Acute epididymo-orchitis caused by N. gonorrhoeae: 100 mg, by mouth, twice a day for at least 10 days.Primary and secondary syphilis: 300 mg a day in divided doses for at least 10 days.Uncomplicated urethral, endocervical, or rectal infection in adults caused by Chlamydia trachomatis: 100 mg, by mouth, twice a day for at least 7 days.Nongonococcal urethritis caused by C. trachomatis and U. urealyticum: 100 mg, by mouth, twice a day for at least 7 days.Acute epididymo-orchitis caused by C. trachomatis: 100 mg, by mouth, twice a day for at least 10 days.Inhalational anthrax (post-exposure): ADULTS: 100 mg of doxycycline, by mouth, twice a day for 60 days. CHILDREN: weighing less than 100 pounds (45 kg); 1 mg/lb (2.2 mg/kg) of body weight, by mouth, twice a day for 60 days. Children weighing 100 pounds or more should receive the adult dose.When used in streptococcal infections, therapy should be continued for 10 days.Administration of adequate amounts of fluid along with capsule and tablet forms of drugs in the tetracycline class is recommended to wash down the drugs and reduce the risk of esophageal irritation and ulceration. (See ADVERSE REACTIONS.) If gastric irritation occurs, doxycycline may be given with food. Ingestion of a high fat meal has been shown to delay the time to peak plasma concentrations by an average of one hour and 20 minutes. However, in the same study, food enhanced the average peak concentration by 7.5% and the area under the curve by 5.7%.

How Supplied

Doxycycline Capsules, USP 50 mg have a yellow opaque cap and a white opaque body. The capsules are imprinted  "NL 790"  with white ink on the cap and "50 mg"  with brown ink on the body, filled with yellow to beige powder. Each capsule contains doxycycline monohydrate equivalent to 50 mg doxycycline.Doxycycline Capsules, USP 50 mg is available in:    Bottles of 50 capsules ............................NDC 40032-790-11    Bottles of 100 capsules ...........................NDC 40032-790-01   Bottles of 1000 capsules ..........................NDC 40032-790-10Doxycycline Capsules, USP 75 mg have a brown opaque cap and a white opaque body. The capsules are imprinted  "NL 791"  with white ink on the cap and "75 mg"  with brown ink on the body, filled with yellow to beige powder. Each capsule contains doxycycline monohydrate equivalent to 75 mg doxycycline.Doxycycline Capsules, USP 75 mg is available in:     Bottles of 50 capsules ..............................NDC 40032-791-11    Bottles of 100 capsules .............................NDC 40032-791-01   Bottles of 1000 capsules ...........................NDC 40032-791-10Doxycycline Capsules, USP 100 mg have a brown opaque cap and a yellow opaque body. The capsules are imprinted  "NL 792"  with white ink on the cap and "100 mg"  with brown ink on the body, filled with yellow to beige powder. Each capsule contains doxycycline monohydrate equivalent to 100 mg doxycycline.Doxycycline Capsules, USP 100 mg is available in:     Bottles of 50 capsules .............................NDC 40032-792-11    Bottles of 250 capsules..............................NDC 40032-792-02   Bottles of 1000 capsules ............................NDC 40032-792-10STORE AT 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). [SEE USP CONTROLLED ROOM TEMPERATURE.]DISPENSE IN A TIGHT, LIGHT-RESISTANT CONTAINER AS DEFINEDIN THE USP/NF.PROTECT FROM LIGHT.

Animal Pharmacology And Or Toxicology

Hyperpigmentation of the thyroid has been produced by members of the tetracycline class in the following species: in rats by oxytetracycline, doxycycline, tetracycline PO4, and methacycline; in minipigs by doxycycline, minocycline, tetracycline PO4, and methacycline; in dogs by doxycycline and minocycline; in monkeys by minocycline.Minocycline, tetracycline PO4, methacycline, doxycycline, tetracycline base, oxytetracyclineHCl and tetracycline HCl were goitrogenic in rats fed a low iodine diet. This goitrogenic effect was accompanied by high radioactive iodine uptake. Administration of minocycline also produced a large goiter with high radioiodine uptake in rats fed a relatively high iodine diet.Treatment of various animal species with this class of drugs has also resulted in the induction of thyroid hyperplasia in the following: in rats and dogs (minocycline), in chickens (chlortetracycline) and in rats and mice (oxytetracycline). Adrenal gland hyperplasia has been observed in goats and rats treated with oxytetracycline.


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