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How does Doryx treat anthrax?

Anthrax is a potentially lethal infection of the skin, gastrointestinal system, or respiratory tract caused by the bacteria, Bacillus anthracis. Exposure can occur through contact with the meat or skin of infected animals or through acts of bioterrorism.

While Doryx cannot directly destroy the bacteria that cause anthrax, it can limit the bacteria’s ability to grow and reproduce by interfering with the production of vital proteins. Doryx is used to prevent anthrax after a known exposure or to treat anthrax that only involves the skin. Sixty days of antibiotic therapy is usually required for both prevention and treatment.

Severe cases of anthrax (such as those involving the gastrointestinal system or respiratory tract) initially may require the use of a combination of antibiotics, including a medication similar to Doryx (doxycycline) that can be given by injection into a vein. After symptoms improve, Doryx (an antibiotic that can only be taken by mouth) can be used.

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