Vibramycin ( Doxycycline )
Vibramycin is the brand name and is available as Vibramycin Monohydrate, Vibramycin Hyclate, and Vibra-Tabs. The active ingredient of Vibramycin Monohydrate is Doxycycline Monohydrate. Doxycycline Hydrochloride is the active ingredient in Vibra-Tabs, and Doxycycline calcium is the active ingredient in Vibramycin Calcium which is available as oral solution. Development of drug-resistant bacteria is reduced with the help of the Vibramycin drugs. Treatment of infections that are caused by bacteria is the only one that should be treated with this drug.
Vibramycin Hyclate is available as 50 mg, 100 mg capsules in bottles of 50 capsules each. Vibra-Tabs are tablets of 50 mg with 50 tablets in each bottle. The oral suspension Vibramycin Calcium is available as 473 mL bottles with each 5 mL containing equivalent to 50 mg of doxycycline. The oral suspension Vibramycin Monohydrate is available in 60 mL bottles where each 5 mL has about 25 mg of doxycycline.
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Vibramycin is used for the treatment of infections like, Q fever, Spotted fever, Typhus fever, Respiratory tract infections, Ornithosis, and Trachoma. Infections caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia psittaci, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Ureaplasma urealyticum are treated with Vibramycin. Some of the infections caused by the gram negative organisms like Haemophilus ducreyi, Yersinia pestis, Franncisella tularensis, Vibrio cholerae, Campylobacter fetus, and Bartonella bacilliformis are treated with Vibramycin. Upper respiratory infections caused by gram positive microorganisms like Streptococcus pneumoniae are also treated with Vibramycin. Doxycycline is used in the alternative treatment for patients who are allergic to penicillin. Thus it is used in treating syphilis, yaws, listeriosis, vincentís infection and actinomycosis.
Lower bowel side effects like diarrhea are found in some patients taking oral Vibramycin. Patients who take tetracycline might have side effects like inflammatory lesions, vomiting, anorexia, nausea, rashes, peeling of skin etc. In some patientsí eosinophilia is found. Hypersensitive reactions like pericarditis, and anaphylaxis is also found in some. If the medication is taken for prolonged period the thyroid glands might discolored. But the functions of the thyroid glands are not affected. Esophageal ulcerations is found in some patients and mostly in patients who take the medicine immediately before going to sleep.
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