How do I take doxycycline?

Always follow your health professional’s instructions for taking doxycycline. They will advise you about how to take doxycycline, how many doses are needed each day, and how long to take doxycycline for.

Swallow doxycycline tablets with a large glass of water, after food or a glass of milk. This helps reduce the chance of a stomach upset.

Don’t lie down for an hour after taking doxycycline. This is to prevent tablets getting stuck in your throat on the way to your stomach, and causing damage to the lining of your throat.

If your symptoms don’t improve after a few days of taking doxycycline, or your symptoms get worse, see your doctor.

Tips for being medicinewise with antibiotics

Take your antibiotics at the right time and for as long as directed, even if you are feeling better.

Don’t keep unused antibiotics for another time — return leftover pills to your pharmacy for disposal.

Don’t share antibiotics with others — they may have a different infection and this can lead to antibiotic resistance.

The consumer medicines information (CMI) leaflet for your antibiotic can provide more information about how to take your medicine.

Read more about how to take your antibiotics and search for the CMI for your medicine.