A patient is prescribed doxycycline, 100 mg PO to be taken once a day for acne vulgaris. During a follow-up, the patient complains of GI irritation. The nurse should recommend which of the following?

Take the medication with food

Explanation

• Doxycycline commonly causes GI upset and can be taken with food to reduce this side effect.

• Incorrect: The medication is prescribed for once a day administration. More frequent administration will not help improve nausea.

• Incorrect: Taking doxycycline with dairy products may decrease absorption.

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