Can doxycycline treat bacterial infections of the eye?

Is doxycycline systemic? Can it treat infections anywhere in the body, including the eyes if one had bacterial conjunctivitis?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Question #1: Ciprofloxacin & trimethoprim-polymyxin are often used. For inclusion conjunctivitis, oral azithromycin, doxycycline or erythromycin are used. Gonococcal conjunctivitis may be treated with an injection of ceftriaxone. And adenoviral onjunctivitis is treated in a another way.

    Question #2: Doxy is systemic if taken orally. Naturally, topical doxy is not.

    Question #3: Although doxy is a broad-spectrum antibiotic in the tetracycline family, the trend now is toward targeted therapy using narrow-spectrum antibiotics. If you have doxy lying around, discard it. There are more kinds of conjunctivitis than bacterial, so one would need to be diagnosed first. Only bacterial conjunctivitis is treated with an antibiotic.

    Source(s): I'm a nurse.
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  • 3 years ago

    Doxycycline Treats

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  • Hoot
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    1 decade ago


    Doxycycline is one of the tetracycline line of antibiotics used for a broad spectrum of minor infections in the body. They generally have the ability to be tolerated for long periods of treatment, but sometimes must be taken with food to avoid stomach upset.

    Be patient. Bacteria are hard to fully get rid of nowadays. It will take a week or more for effects to show. Trust your doctor in this matter.

    However, be aware that the tetracycline antibiotics deteriorate over time, become toxic, and old medications MUST be discarded, lest you have a nasty side effect.

    Further, avoid taking pills or liquid anti-acids while on this medication. The OTC meds containing aluminum, magnesium and such.

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  • 4 years ago

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