A patient taking doxycycline for the treatment of acne vulgaris is experiencing many side effects. To alleviate the most common side effect, the nurse should instruct the patient to do which of the following?

Take the medication with meals

Explanation

• Doxycycline most frequently causes GI upset and nausea. The patient can take the medication with meals to alleviate these side effects.

Incorrect options:

• Taking doxycycline on an empty stomach can worsen GI symptoms. Remaining flat after administration can also worsen symptoms.

• The patient should avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight due to the risk of photosensitivity.

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