1 What is Atridox?
Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that is used to treat
periodontitis. Periodontitis is a serious infection that affects the gum and the bone that supports the teeth.
This medicine works by killing the bacteria and inhibiting bacterial growth. It helps to reduce pocket depth, inflammation in the mouth, and gum bleeding.
2 What to Know Before Using
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Doxycycline or to any other medications. You should also inform your healthcare providers if you are allergic to foods, dyes, or animals.
Safety and efficacy of Doxycycline have not been established in children 8 years of age or older.
This medicine is not recommended for children younger than 8 years old. Tetracyclines may slow down the growth of bones and may cause permanent tooth discoloration.
Pregnancy Category D – Do not use Doxycycline while you are pregnant as it can cause risk to the unborn baby.
There are no adequate studies whether Doxycycline can pass through breast milk or if it could cause harmful effects to the infant. Discuss with your doctor if you are breastfeeding a baby.
Taking this medicine with Acitretin is not recommended and you may not be required to use this medication. Otherwise, alternative medicine may be prescribed for your other medications.
Taking this medicine with any of the following medications is usually not recommended, but with the exception in some cases.
Dosage or frequency of one or both of your medicines may be changed if both medicines are prescribed together.
Penicillin G Benzathine
Penicillin G Procaine
Taking this medicine with Rifampin and Rifapentine may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you.
Dosage or frequency of one or both of your medicines may be changed if both medicines are prescribed together. Some medical conditions can interact with this medication.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
Conditions with severe periodontal defects
Dental implants Weak immune system caused by
diabetes, HIV infection, or patients receiving cancer or radiation treatments
3 Proper Usage
For treatment of
periodontitis, Atridox is administered by your dentist in the periodontal pocket. This medicine will solidify and will gradually release Doxycycline for 21 days.
The treatment may be repeated after four months.
It is not necessary to remove the Atridox because it will be absorbed completely. Atridox is harmless if swallowed.
After the administration of Doxycycline, do not brush or floss the treated area for 7 days to prevent the medicine to come out.
4 Precautions to Take
The regular dental visit is necessary to check your progress on this medication.
Contraceptives must be used to keep you or your partner from getting pregnant. Tell your doctor immediately if you think you have become pregnant while using this medication.
If you have pain or swelling or other problems in the treated areas, check with your dentist right away.
This medication may cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. You should avoid sunlight exposure for 7 days after receiving doxycycline periodontal system.
Wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen before going outside your house. Your skin may still be sensitive to sunlight for 2 weeks up to several months or more.
Check with your dentist if you developed severe reaction with this medication.
5 Potential Side Effects
There are several side effects that you may experience while using this medication.
If any of these side effects occur, tell it to your doctor right away:
High blood pressure
The looseness of tooth
Tooth or Gum pain (severe or continuing)
There are also some side effects that do not need medical attention and can be resolved during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine.
You can discuss it with your doctor to give you an advice on how to prevent or reduce these side effects:
Not all side effects are listed above. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professionals.