Oracea Side Effects
Inflammation and irritation of the nose and throat, diarrhea, and sinus infection are some of the most common side effects that have been reported with Oracea. While most side effects of this medication are mild, some are potentially serious and require immediate medical attention, such as bloody stools, difficulty swallowing, and blurred vision.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Oracea® (doxycycline). However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Oracea. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Oracea side effects with you.)
Oracea has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking Oracea were documented and compared to side effects that occurred in a similar group of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). This way, it is possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compare to the group taking a placebo.
In these studies, the most common Oracea side effects included:
- Irritation and inflammation of the nose and throat -- in up to 4.8 percent of people
- Diarrhea -- up to 4.5 percent
- High blood pressure (hypertension) -- up to 3 percent
- Sinus infection or irritation -- up to 2.6 percent.
Other common side effects (occurring in 1 to 2 percent of people) included, but were not limited to:
- Nose and throat pain
- Nasal congestion
- Fungal infection
- The flu
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- Dry mouth