The Promise of a Tetracycline Antibiotic for Treating Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis and Tetracycline

Study Shows Effectiveness of Doxycycline in Slowing Disease Progression

A tetracycline antibiotic, doxycycline, has been successfully used to treat a wide-range of bacterial infections. In addition to its effects as an antibiotic, doxycycline has other actions as a drug and, in laboratory studies with animals and with human tissue, can inhibit the degradation of cartilage in a way that could be useful for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA).