Periostat (Doxycycline Hyclate) is used in patients with gum disease which is called periodontitis. It happens after a certain dental procedure called scaling and root planning. Periodontitis is a condition caused by the build-up of bacteria and plaque on the teeth and gums. It causes the gums to become infected and inflamed. It is where the teeth get loose and fall out. This medication will help improve tooth attachment and reduce gum pockets.
How does Periostat (Doxycycline Hyclate) work?
Periostat (Doxycycline Hyclate) works by stopping the action of the collagenase enzyme. The medicines are recommended after your dentist has removed the plaque and bacteria from your teeth by root planing and scaling. This medication then decreases the destructive activity of collagenase in the gums. It also allows the body to repair the damaged tissue and make the teeth more stable.
Why use Periostat (Doxycycline Hyclate)?
Periostat tablets contain Doxycycline Hyclate as an active ingredient. It is a type of medicine called a tetracycline antibiotic. This is available as a 20mg tablet formulation for oral administration. Each tablet has Doxycycline Hyclate. It is a light yellow crystalline powder soluble in water. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.
How to use Periostat (Doxycycline Hyclate)?
The recommended dose is based on your condition and response to it.
This is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It is usually taken 1 to 2 times a day. It is to be taken on an empty stomach at least an hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Take it at the same time each day. After taking the tablet, do not lie down for at least 10 minutes. Do not double the prescribed dosage.
What are the side-effects of Periostat (Doxycycline Hyclate)?
- Severe headache
- Blurred vision
- Upset stomach
- Skin rash or itching
- Vaginal itching
Call your doctor if these happen:
- Painful or difficult swallowing
- Sunburn (sun sensitivity)
- A change in the amount of urine
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you have any allergies, medical history, or current treatments.
- If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or breastfeeding women consult your doctor first.
- You should not use this longer than it is prescribed.
- Do not suddenly stop taking this drug your condition may get worse.
- Keep this far from the reach of children.