Doryx + Applesauce, for Those Who Can’t Swallow Tablets


If you have trouble swallowing tablets, here is an official FDA sanctioned tip. Open the tablet and sprinkle the delayed release pellets on to a spoonful of applesauce. This is a good option for anyone who finds swallowing the capsule difficult.

This advice is only given for the 100mg and 75mg delayed release formulations of doryx which contain specially coated pellets of doxycycline hyclate. A clinical trial confirmed that the absorption of doxycycline is comparable when the table is taken whole or sprinkled on applesauce, both with and without water.

From Daily Med, Current Medical Information, Doryx (doxycycline hyclate) Tablet, Delayed Release

DORYX Tablets contain specially coated pellets of doxycycline hyclate, a broad-spectrum antibiotic synthetically derived from oxytetracycline, in a delayed-release formulation for oral administration.

Sprinkling the Tablet on Applesauce

Doryx Tablets may also be administered by carefully breaking up the tablet and sprinkling the tablet contents (delayed release pellets) on a spoonful of applesauce. The delayed release pellets must not be crushed or damaged when breaking up the tablet. Any loss of pellets in the transfer would prevent using the dose. The applesauce/Doryx mixture should be swallowed immediately without chewing and may be followed by a glass of water if desired. The applesauce should not be hot, and it should be soft enough to be swallowed without chewing. In the event that a prepared dose of applesauce/Doryx tablet cannot be taken immediately, the mixture should be discarded and not stored for later use.

The FDA has also issued instructions on how to prepare 100mg tablets of doxycycline (in an emergency), for children and adults who cannot swallow pills. See Mixing Doxycycline Hyclate 100mg Tables with Food. This method crushes a tablet into 4 teaspoons of water and then combines this with 3 teaspoons of milk, or chocolate milk or chocolate pudding or apple juice + sugar.

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