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Adoxa vs. Achromycin V

Reviewed on 7/15/2019

Are Adoxa and Achromycin V the Same Thing?

Adoxa (doxycycline) and Achromycin V (tetracycline HCl) are tetracycline antibiotics used to treat many different bacterial infections.

Adoxa is also used to treat blemishes, bumps, and acne-like lesions caused by rosacea.

Achromycin V may be useful when used as adjunctive treatment for severe acne.

Side effects of Adoxa and Achromycin V that are similar include stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and skin rash.

Side effects of Adoxa that are different from Achromycin V include itching and vaginal itching or discharge.

Side effects of Achromycin V that are different from Adoxa include loss of appetite, swollen or black hairy tongue, mouth sores, sore throat, dizziness, headache, difficulty swallowing, inflammation of the small intestine and colon, rectal discomfort, permanent discoloration of teeth (if taken during tooth development), discoloration of the nails, sun sensitivity, hives, and allergic reactions.

Both Adoxa and Achromycin V may interact with antacids, minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and over-the-counter vitamin and mineral supplements; and penicillin antibiotics.

Adoxa may also interact with cholesterol-lowering medications, isotretinoin, tretinoin, products containing bismuth subsalicylate, and blood thinners.

Achromycin V may also interact with other bactericidal antibiotics, anticoagulants, methoxyflurane, preparations containing sodium bicarbonate, and oral contraceptives.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Adoxa?

Common side effects of Adoxa include:

  • stomach upset,
  • diarrhea,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • skin rash or itching, or
  • vaginal itching or discharge

What Are Possible Side Effects of Achromycin V?

Common side effects of Achromycin V include:

  • loss of appetite,
  • nausea,
  • upset stomach,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • swollen or black hairy tongue,
  • mouth sores,
  • sore throat,
  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • difficulty swallowing,
  • inflammation of the small intestine and colon,
  • rectal discomfort,
  • permanent discoloration of teeth (if taken during tooth development),
  • rash,
  • discoloration of the nails,
  • sun sensitivity,
  • hives, and
  • allergic reactions.

What Is Adoxa?

Adoxa (doxycycline) is a tetracycline antibiotic used to treat many different bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, acne, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, periodontitis (gum disease), and others. Adoxa is also used to treat blemishes, bumps, and acne-like lesions caused by rosacea.

What Is Achromycin V?

Achromycin V (tetracycline HCl) Capsules are antibiotics indicated to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. In severe acne, adjunctive therapy with Achromycin V may be useful.

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What Drugs Interact With Adoxa?

Adoxa may interact with cholesterol-lowering medications, isotretinoin, tretinoin, antacids, products containing bismuth subsalicylate, minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, over-the-counter vitamin and mineral supplements, blood thinners, or achromycin antibiotics. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Adoxa is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm a fetus. Consult your doctor to discuss using birth control while taking this medication. This drug passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Achromycin V?

Achromycin V may interact with penicillin or other bactericidal antibiotics, anticoagulants, methoxyflurane; antacids containing aluminum, calcium or magnesium; preparations containing iron, zinc, or sodium bicarbonate; and oral contraceptives. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Achromycin V is generally not recommended for use during pregnancy; it may harm a fetus.

How Should Adoxa Be Taken?

The usual adult dose of oral Adoxa is 200 mg on the first day of treatment (taken 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 taken as a single dose or as 50 mg every 12 hours.

How Should Achromycin V Be Taken?

The usual adult daily dose of Achromycin V is 1 gram as 500 mg twice daily or 250 mg four times a day.

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References


DailyMed. Adoxa Prescribing Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=0cecc43f-cc40-4c48-9e43-ae8d77af4e49&audience=consumer

DailyMed. Achromycin V Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=eaecd9a1-e13e-49b1-8b3c-8e1ef016cacd&audience=consumer
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