Review: could Doxycycline cause Shingles?


Shingles is found among people who take Doxycycline, especially for people who are male, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Zometa, and have Hypertension . We study 11,896 people who have side effects while taking Doxycycline from FDA and social media. Among them, 124 have Shingles. Find out below who they are, when they have Shingles and more.

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Doxycycline has active ingredients of doxycycline hyclate. It is often used in acne. (latest outcomes from Doxycycline 15,796 users)


Shingles (a painful, contagious rash caused by the chickenpox virus) has been reported by people with renal failure acute, weakness, drowsiness, speech impairment (adult), depressed level of consciousness (latest reports from 25,586 Shingles patients).

On Aug, 23, 2016

11,896 people reported to have side effects when taking Doxycycline.
Among them, 124 people (1.04%) have Shingles

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Doxycycline cause Shingles?

Time on Doxycycline when people have Shingles *:

  • < 1 month: 100 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 0.0 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Shingles when taking Doxycycline *:

  • female: 42.15 %
  • male: 57.85 %

Age of people who have Shingles when taking Doxycycline *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 7.14 %
  • 30-39: 2.68 %
  • 40-49: 0.89 %
  • 50-59: 41.96 %
  • 60+: 47.32 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Hypertension (26 people)
  • Metastases To Bone (11 people)
  • Prostate Cancer (9 people)
  • Multiple Myeloma (8 people)
  • Abdominal Discomfort (8 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Zometa (87 people)
  • Ativan (41 people)
  • Prilosec (40 people)
  • Aredia (38 people)
  • Ambien (38 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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