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Other antibiotics can be used as an alternative to doxycycline.

Potential Alternatives for Doxycycline


Amoxicillin is a first-choice antibiotic for most common infections. But it may not be as effective against more serious or uncommon infections. Amoxicillin is available as a generic product, in tablet, capsule, and liquid forms. Its side effects are generally not too bad compared to other antibiotics, and it does not make the skin more sensitive to the sun.


Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is an effective antibiotic that treats many types of bacterial infections. It is available as a generic drug and it comes in the intravenous injection form. Cipro can interact with some food and drugs.


Flagyl (metronidazole) is a very effective antibiotic to treat certain bacterial infections. It can’t be taken with alcohol because it will cause a lot of vomiting. Unlike many other antibiotics, metronidazole is less likely to make bacteria resistant to it.


Cleocin (clindamycin) is effective against acne. It comes in different formulations such as gels, solutions, lotions, and foams. 


Solodyn (minocycline) effectively treats a variety of bacterial infections such as acne, but it can cause permanent tooth staining. It is available in the generic form. Minocycline is less likely to make the skin sensitive to the sun and cause sunburn.

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