Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
What Is Acticlate?
Acticlate (doxycycline hyclate) is an antibiotic used to treat rickettsial infections, sexually transmitted infections, respiratory tract infections, specific bacterial infections, ophthalmic infections, anthrax, as adjunctive therapy in acute intestinal amebiasis and severe acne, and to prevent malaria.
What Are Side Effects of Acticlate?
Common side effects of Acticlate include
- upset stomach,
- sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity),
- skin rash or itching,
- hives, and
- vaginal itching or discharge
Dosage for Acticlate
The usual adult dose of Acticlate is 200 mg on the first day of treatment (administered 100 mg every 12 hours), followed by a maintenance dose of 100 mg daily.
What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Acticlate?
Acticlate may interact with:
- oral contraceptives,
- methoxyflurane, and
- antacids containing aluminum, calcium, or magnesium,
- bismuth subsalicylate, and
- iron-containing preparations
Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.
Acticlate During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Acticlate is not recommended for use during pregnancy. This drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Acticlate (doxycycline hyclate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
The following adverse reactions have been identified during clinical trials or post-approval use of tetracycline-class drugs, including doxycycline. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
Anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, glossitis, dysphagia, enterocolitis, inflammatory lesions (with monilial overgrowth) in the anogenital region, and pancreatitis. Hepatotoxicity has been reported. These reactions have been caused by both the oral and parenteral administration of tetracyclines. Superficial discoloration of the adult permanent dentition, reversible upon drug discontinuation and professional dental cleaning has been reported. Permanent tooth discoloration and enamel hypoplasia may occur with drugs of the tetracycline class when used during tooth development [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. 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].
Maculopapular and erythematous rashes, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, exfoliative dermatitis, and erythema multiforme have been reported. Photosensitivity has been reported [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Rise in BUN has been reported and is apparently dose-related [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Urticaria, angioneurotic edema, anaphylaxis, anaphylactoid purpura, serum sickness, pericarditis, exacerbation of systemic lupus erythematosus, and drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS).
Hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, and eosinophilia have been reported.
Intracranial hypertension (IH, pseudotumor cerebri) has been associated with the use of tetracyclines [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Thyroid Gland Changes
When given over prolonged periods, tetracyclines have been reported to produce brown-black microscopic discoloration of thyroid glands. No abnormalities of thyroid function are known to occur.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Acticlate (Doxycycline Hyclate Tablets, USP)