Doxycycline for guttate psoriasis
Doxycycline is an antibiotic that belongs to a group of antibiotics called tetracycline. When we talk about doxycycline and psoriasis, two scenarios arise generally.
- Doxycylcine is associated with induction of psoriasis and even worsening of the symptoms.
- Doxycycline could cure psoriasis in few psoriasis patients and its efficacy varies from patients to patients.
FDA has reported that psoriasis is not a side effect of doxycycline and it could not worsen the psoriasis sign and symptoms. There are also few evidences that have shown that doxycycline could cause psoriasis in patients who have taken it for longer duration.
On the other hand there are some evidences that have shown the efficacy of doxycycline against psoriasis while few patients have zero response against doxycyline treatment for psoriasis.
The reason behind this diversity is the nature and type of psoriasis that can be completely different from individual to individual. Therefore treatment alternatives are also very different from individual to individual. So it is necessary that you should consult a qualified physician about the proper treatment and medication of psoriasis because it requires personalizes medication for better treatment outcomes.
Doxycycline is an antibiotic and antibiotics are only low to average level of treatment options for psoriasis. Antibiotics such as doxycycline can only inhibit the secondary infection at the site of psoriasis and they neither cure psoriasis nor flare it up. Therefore, if, you feel secondary type of infection at the site, than, it is good to take doxycycline after consultation with a physician.
Another drawback with the use of doxycycline for treatment of psoriasis is its oral use. There are very limited products that show effectiveness when used orally against psoriasis. Doxycycline could be combined with certain topical agents to get better treatment results.
There are different form of doxycycline available in market and there are very rare cases for whom doxycycline is prescribed for treatment of psoriasis. Doxycycline hyclate is used against psoriasis and psoriasis is also indicated in indication of doxycycline hyclate leaflet. Doxycycline hyclate is available in capsule dosage form are intended for oral use.
How Doxycycline should be taken?
Doxycycline should be taken exactly as directed by the physician. The dose of doxycyline varies for every patient according to his/her medical condition so you should follow doctor’s prescription regarding the dose of the drug. It is better to take this medication at night before going to bed. If it does not produce satisfactory results than stop its use and contact doctor immediately to either change the medication or alter the dose.
Doxycycline should not be used for prolonged duration due to its adverse effect profile. For all type of diseases treatment alternatives are used on the basis of benefits vs. risks. If treatment option has more benefits than it should be used and if it does not have higher levels of benefits than it should not be used because it has more risks.