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Periostat (doxycycline hyclate) is used following a dental procedure called scaling and root planing, in which plaque and tartar (also called calculus) are removed from teeth and root surfaces are smoothed. Periostat promotes gum health, promotes tooth attachment, and reduces periodontal pockets (also called gum pockets).
The active ingredient in Periostat, doxycycline, is a tetracycline antibiotic used to prevent or combat a very wide range of bacterial infections, though it takes relatively high doses to be effective in these applications. The brand name Periostat contains a low dose of 20 mg per tablet.
Periostat for Periodontitis
Periodontitis is a gum disease caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth, which harbors bacteria. Unchecked, the bacteria irritate and infect the gums, causing redness, swelling, pain, and bleeding, among other symptoms.
In advanced periodontitis an enzyme called collagenase is released into the gums, which breaks down gum tissue and causes or contributes to periodontal pockets and loosening of teeth. Scaling and root planing is a dental procedure in which the plaque and tarter are removed from the teeth, which eliminates bacteria and irritants on the teeth but does not address damaged gums. Periostat works by inhibiting the action of the collagenase enzyme, allowing gum tissue to heal.
In this application Periostat is administered in 20 mg tablets. Treatment typically starts shortly after the scaling and root planing procedure:
Taking tablets with food---particularly foods containing calcium, like milk---can impair absorption of Periostat, which is why it should be taken on an empty stomach. Antacids also often contain ingredients that may impair absorption, and should be avoided shortly before or after taking a Periostat tablet.
The 20 mg doses used in periodontitis are too low to fight bacterial infections. However, at higher doses it is effective; these levels can be achieved by taking multiple smaller-dose tablets or, more ideally, by taking fewer higher-dose tablets, often available in generic formulas.
Doxycycline is often used when penicillin cannot be used, but it is also a highly-effective antibiotic in its own right. It can be used to treat or prevent:
In bacterial infections dosage and administration will ideally be determined by a doctor, as there are numerous factors which can influence dosage and duration of treatment. However, treatment does tend to share some similarities in most cases. Rough guidelines for otherwise healthy adults are as follows:
As with periodontitis, tablets should be taken on an empty stomach with a full glass of water.