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Efracea (Doxycycline) prescription capsules for treating rosacea

What is Efracea?

Efracea capsules contain a substance called doxycycline, which is classed as a tetracycline antibiotic and is not related to penicillin. This type of antibiotic is sometimes prescribed by doctors to treat the symptoms of facial rosacea in adults and several other types of infection.

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How does Efracea work?

Efracea Capsules contain doxycycline, in a strength of 40mg per capsule. The capsules are modified-release (so are released slowly in the body) and can have an anti-inflammatory effect for the rosacea without having any unnecessary antibiotic action elsewhere in the body.

Prescription-strength treatments for Rosacea including Efracea could be prescribed through our convenient and confidential Online Doctor service.

How to take Efracea

The dose is one capsule each day, to be taken in the morning. Each Efracea capsule should be taken with plenty of fluid, while sitting or standing up as this will prevent irritation of the oesophagus. Because they are made less effective by some foods or medicines, particularly dairy products and some antacids - the capsule should be taken two to three hours before consuming them.

You may need to take Efracea capsules for several weeks before you can see any benefits. If there is no improvement after six weeks, you should talk to the doctor so that the treatment can be reviewed.

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Is Efracea suitable for me?

There are some situations where Efracea capsules should be used with caution or would not be recommended at all.

These include, for example, patients who have liver problems, a condition called achlorhydria (no stomach acid), have had surgery to bypass the duodenum, or are pregnant or breast-feeding.

You must also notify the doctor if you are taking any other medicines, either prescribed by your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy. Efracea capsules may not be suitable, or may need to be used with caution, if you are taking ciclosporin, other courses of antibiotics, anticoagulants (medicines to thin the blood) or quinapril.

For women who take an oral contraceptive pill, its effectiveness may be reduced if you take a course of Efracea capsules at the same time.

Efracea is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

The treatment will also not be suitable if you are allergic to doxycycline or other tetracycline antibiotics, or any of the other ingredients – please speak with your doctor, or read the packaging for more details.

Efracea Capsules may be less effective for the treatment of rosacea – especially those for either indigestion or heartburn.

What are the side effects of Efracea?

Although not everyone will get them, there are potential side effects from taking Efracea capsules.

These can include inflammation of the nose, throat, or sinuses, fungal infections, anxiety, raised blood pressure, diarrhoea, stomach or back pain, or a dry mouth. Other less common side effects can include allergic reactions, nausea and vomiting, skin reactions, and an abnormal reaction of the skin to sunlight. If you experience any of these you should stop using Efracea and talk to your doctor.

Please read the patient leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment to learn more about the potential side effects. The leaflet can also be viewed online here.

Rosacea consultations are available through the Pharmacy2U Online Doctor service, which could lead to prescription-strength treatments being prescribed should it be decided they’re suitable for you.

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