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Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Minocycline, Vibramycin, Monodox, Doryx, Nuzyra, Omadacycline

  • Contraindications
  1. Pregnancy
    1. Pregnancy category D
  2. Children under age 8 years old
    1. AAP now approves Doxycycline for ANY age up to 21 day duration
    2. Unlike Tetracycline, Doxycycline is unlikely to cause visible tooth staining
    3. For severe infections (e.g. Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever), Doxycycline is a first-line agent
  • Mechanism
  1. Tetracyclines are protein synthesis inhibitors, binding the 30S ribosomal subunit of susceptible Bacteria
  • Preparations
  1. Tetracycline
  2. Minocycline
  3. Nuzyra (Omadacycline)
    1. Once daily agent indicated for Community Acquired Pneumonia and Skin Infections
    2. Released in 2018 at $400 per pill, and likely less effective than standard agents for CAP
    3. (2019) presc lett 26(1):4
  4. Doxycycline
    1. Avoid substituting low-dose Doxycycline (Periostat, Oracea) products for systemic infections
    2. May substitute other Doxycycline salts
      1. Doxycycline hyclate (Vibramycin, Doryx)
      2. Doxycycline monohydrate (Monodox)
      3. (2013) Presc Lett 20(5):26
    3. Other formulations
      1. Doxycyline Hyclate Delayed-Release (Doryx MPC)
        1. Expensive ($10/pill) formulated to by-pass the esophagus for less side effects
        2. Alternatively, take the doxycyline with 8 oz water and food
        3. (2016) Presc Lett 23(11)
  • Dosing
  • Tetracycline
  1. Acne Vulgaris: 1 gram daily given in 2-4 divided doses
  • Dosing
  • Doxycyline
  1. Typical dose: 100 mg orally twice daily
  2. Low doses, such as 50 mg daily, are often as effective for acne
  • Dosing
  • Minocycline
  1. Acne Vulgaris: 50-200 mg/d in divided doses
  • Dosing
  • Omadacycline (Nuzyra)
  1. Load: 200 mg IV for one dose (or divided 100 mg IV every 12 hours for 2 doses)
  2. Maintenance: 100 mg IV once daily (or 300 mg orally once daily)
  • Drug Interactions
  • Food Related
  1. Tetracycline
    1. Milk and calcium-rich food decrease absorption
    2. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal
  2. Doxycycline and Minocycline
    1. Can be taken with milk or food (unlike Tetracycline)
  • Precautions
  1. Use Sunscreen with these agents due to Drug-induced Photosensitivity
  2. Pill Esophagitis
    1. Take with a full glass of water
  • Adverse Effects
  1. Tetracycline
    1. Photosensitivity
    2. Interferes with OCP action
  2. Doxycycline
    1. Photosensitivity
    2. Abdominal Pain
    3. Diarrhea
    4. Pill Esophagitis (see above)
  3. Minocycline
    1. Generally well tolerated
    2. Does not generally cause photosensitivity
    3. Rare adverse effects
      1. Lupus-Like Syndrome (1:20,000)
      2. Vertigo
      3. Oral Mucosa pigmentation (blue-black pigmentation)
      4. Hypersensitivity Syndrome within 1-3 months
      5. Delayed Arthralgias or Polyarthritis
  4. Omadacycline
    1. Nausea and Vomiting are most common (>10% of patients)
  • References
  1. (2019) Tarascon Pharmacopeia, accessed 3/31/2019
  2. LoVecchio (2019) Crit Dec Emerg Med 33(3): 28