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Doxycycline is a prescription only antibiotic for malaria. To place an order, fill in our brief questionnaire and select your preferred treatment. Our doctor will review your order and approve appropriate treatment, taking into account your travel destination, purpose and duration of your trip.


37 tablets / 1 week £24.00
44 tablets / 2 weeks £27.50
51 tablets / 3 weeks £31.00
58 tablets / 4 weeks £35.00

Prices include prescription and delivery.

What is Doxycycline?

Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic. It is taken before, during and after travelling to a malaria risk area and provides effective protection from this dangerous infection. Doxycycline malaria tablets are prescription medication, suitable for children over 12 years old, as well as adults. Before providing a prescription, your doctor will assess whether doxycycline is suitable for you and effective in treating the types of malaria prevalent at your travel destination.

How does Doxycycline work?

Doxycycline breaks the life cycle of the malaria parasite and works by preventing the production of Plasmodium proteins. As a result, the parasite is unable to reproduce effectively and the infection can not develop. In order to be effective, Doxycycline needs to be taken daily. As an antibiotic treatment, Doxycycline is also used to treat a range of other conditions, including traveller’s diarrhoea, skin infections and urinary tract infections.

Who can take Doxycycline?

Anyone travelling to an area where they could catch malaria should invest in some anti-malarial tablets. To take Doxycycline, you need to be older than 12 years old and you should not be pregnant or breast-feeding. Please consult the list in the “Warnings” tab for a full and comprehensive list of who should and who should not take Doxycycline.

How effective is the treatment?

Doxycycline is effective against all Plasmodium species, provided you follow the treatment plan as instructed. However, no anti-malarial is 100% effective, so make sure you take other measures to prevent malaria such as covering your body as much as possible, wearing insect repellent and using a mosquito net. If you experience any symptoms of the infection, be it fever, headache or nausea during your travels or within 4 weeks after, you should seek medical help and rule out the possibility of a malaria infection.

What do I need to know about Doxycycline and alcohol?

You should not consume alcohol while taking Doxycycline, as it can decrease its effect. There are no interactions with any other foods, so you can continue your diet as usual. Some people even find it beneficial to take Doxycycline with food, in order to minimise the risk of stomach pain.

Do I need to finish the course?

It is important that you continue the course for around 4 weeks after you have left the risk area. You can’t be sure that you haven’t been infected with malaria, in which case stopping the medication would result in an outbreak of the potentially dangerous illness. Taking Doxycycline for the necessary period of time should not interfere with your plans. Unlike other malaria tablets, it does not cause dizziness and can be taken even when planning to scuba-dive or go climbing.

What are the advantages of taking Doxycycline?

Doxycycline is taken daily, unlike other malaria treatments such as Larium (which is taken on a weekly basis). Some people prefer the daily intake, and find it easier to remember taking the tablets as a part of their daily routine. Doxycycline is highly effective against all types of Plasmodium and is a good option for those travelling to high risk areas.

What do the tablets look like?

The 100 mg tablets are white and have an oval shape. They contain yellow pellets, are debossed with "D|l" on one face and are plain on the other. You should purchase your tablets from a reliable source such as DrEd, to ensure your Doxycycline tablets contain the correct dosage of the active ingredient. Buying from unverified sources online puts you at risk of taking unlicensed medicines, which could harm your health and may fail to protect you from malaria.

How do I take Doxycycline?

You should take one 100mg tablet per day, beginning 2 days before you enter an area where the illness is prevalent. You should then continue the treatment throughout your stay and for a further four weeks after you have returned to a malaria-free area.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if this is near the time of your next dose, you should miss the skipped dose and continue the treatment. You should try to avoid missing doses, as it decreases your protection. If you vomit or have diarrhoea within an hour of taking the tablet, you should take a repeat dose, as it is likely that the Doxycycline has not been absorbed into your blood stream.

If you experience stomach pain when taking doxycycline, you can take your tablet with food. You should take your daily doxycycline tablet at least half an hour before lying down or going to bed to minimise the risk of stomach irritation and nausea.

You should take Doxycycline 2 to 3 hours before or after taking products containing aluminium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc or bismuth subsalicylate (such as antacids, didanosine, quinapril, vitamin and mineral tablets, dairy products and calcium-enriched juices). These may bind to Doxycycline and prevent your body from properly absorbing the drug.

What does Doxycycline contain?

The active ingredient is Doxycycline in the form Doxycycline Hyclate. The standard dose for preventing malaria is 100mg per day, given in one tablet.

Doxycycline Side Effects

Common Doxycycline side effects:

  • Skin rash
  • Flaking of the skin
  • Skin sensitivity to sunlight
  • Severe headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Inflammation and ulcers of the gullet
  • Blood disorders
  • Worsening of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Uncommon side effects:

  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sore tongue and mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rectal or genital itching

Rare side effects:

  • Discolouration of thyroid tissue
  • Bowel and liver inflammation
  • Discolouration and, in children, underdevelopment of teeth
  • Inflammation of the membrane around the heart

If you experience any of these side effects, or any others, speak to your doctor if you are concerned.

Do not take Doxycycline if you:

  • You are under 12 years old
  • You are pregnant
  • You are breast-feeding
  • You have liver problems
  • You are allergic to tetracycline antibiotics
  • You have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • You have hereditary problems of fructose intolerance
  • You have glucose-galactose malabsorption
  • You have sucrose-isomaltase deficiency

You should not take Doxycycline if you take:

  • Warfarin
  • Penicillin type drugs
  • Barbiturates
  • Carbamazepine or phenytoin
  • Methoxyflurane
  • Certain retinoids
  • Digoxin
  • Lithium
  • Diuretics

You should consult your doctor before taking Doxycycline if:

  • You have liver problems
  • You are taking drugs which may affect liver function
  • You have Myasthenia Gravis
  • You take antacids

If you are on a course of antacids or iron preparations, but also need to take Doxycycline during your course, this is possible. Just make sure you take the tablets at different times of day.

You should also be aware that taking Doxycycline whilst taking contraceptive pills can make the anti-malarial treatment less effective: be sure to use extra protection.

Doxycycline should not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, if you feel at all drowsy, do not take on these activities.

You should not take Doxycycline for longer than a year.

If you have a question about this service, please email info@dred.com with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.

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