What is Oracea?
Oracea is used to treat the inflammatory bumps and pimple-like blemishes caused by rosacea in adults. Oracea works by reducing skin inflammation caused by rosacea.
Oracea is a tetracycline antibiotic. Tetracyclines are often used to treat infections, however this formulation has not been evaluated in the treatment or prevention of infections.
Important information about Oracea
Do not use Oracea if you are pregnant. Oracea could cause harm to the unborn baby, including permanent discoloration of the teeth later in life. Oracea can make birth control pills less effective. Use a second method of birth control while you are taking Oracea to keep from getting pregnant. Oracea passes into breast milk and may affect bone and tooth development in a nursing baby. Do not take Oracea without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use Oracea if you are allergic to doxycycline, or to similar medicines such as demeclocycline (Declomycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap). If you have liver or kidney disease, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take Oracea.
Throw away any unused Oracea when it expires or when it is no longer needed. Do not take any Oracea after the expiration date printed on the bottle. Expired Oracea can cause a dangerous syndrome resulting in damage to the kidneys.
Before taking Oracea
Do not use Oracea if you are allergic to doxycycline, or to similar medicines such as demeclocycline (Declomycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap).
Before taking Oracea, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease. You may not be able to take Oracea,or you may need a dose adjustment or special tests during treatment.
FDA pregnancy category D. Oracea can cause harm to an unborn baby, including permanent discoloration of the teeth later in life. Do not use Oracea without your doctor's consent if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. Oracea can make birth control pills less effective. Use a non-hormonal method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medication. Oracea passes into breast milk and may affect bone and tooth development in a nursing infant. Do not take Oracea without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take Oracea?
Take Oracea exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take Oracea in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take Oracea with a full glass of water (8 ounces).
It is recommended that Oracea be taken at least one hour prior to or two hours after meals.
Do not crush, break, or open a Orecea delayed-release capsule. Swallow the capsule whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking or opening the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Take Orecea for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Do not give Oracea to another person, even if they have the same condition you have.
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are taking Oracea. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Throw away any unused Oracea when it expires or when it is no longer needed. Do not take any Oracea after the expiration date printed on the label. Using expired Oracea can cause damage to your kidneys. Store Oracea at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
What should I avoid while taking Oracea?
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Oracea can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun. Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours before or after taking Oracea.