Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Waded through flood?

From our women and development MA student who is a medical doctor, a timely advise.
Kindly disseminate: 
 Post-exposure prophylaxis for leptospirosis:
- single exposure to flood water WITHOUT wounds/ cuts/ skin lesions: Doxycycline 100mg/cap 2 caps single dose within 24-72 hours
- single exposure WITH wounds/ cuts/ skin lesions: Doxycycline 100 mg/ cap 2 caps once a day for 3-5 days to be started immediately withi 24-72 hours
- for CONTINUOUS exposure with or without wounds: Doxycycline 100 mg/ cap once weekly until the end of exposure (additional) 
Doxycycline is CONTRAINDICATED in children, pregnant women, breast feeding or in those allergic similar drugs ( tetracycline, minocycline). May need dose adjustment for those with liver of kidney disease. 
DO NOT TAKE with iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements ( including milk or dairy products) within 2 hours before or after taking it.

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