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Tetracycline

Classification: Antibiotics
Generic Name: Tetracycline HCl
Typical Brand Names: Brodspec, Emtet-500, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap

This medicine contains the active ingredient tetracycline hydrochloride, which belongs to a group of antibiotics called the tetracyclines. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria.

Tetracycline works by interfering with the ability of bacteria to produce proteins that are essential to them. Without these proteins the bacteria cannot grow, multiply and increase in numbers. Tetracycline therefore stops the spread of the infection and the remaining bacteria are killed by the immune system or eventually die.

Tetracycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic that is active against a wide variety of bacteria. However, some strains of bacteria have developed resistance to this antibiotic, which has reduced its effectiveness for treating some types of infection.

Tetracycline is still used to treat infections caused by chlamydia (eg the chest infection psittacosis, the eye infection trachoma, and the genital infection urethritis) and infections caused by mycoplasma organisms (eg pneumonia).

Tetracycline is used to treat acne, due to its activity against the bacteria on the skin that cause acne (Propionebacterium acnes). It is used to treat flare-ups of chronic bronchitis, due to its activity against the bacteria usually responsible, Haemophilus influenzae.

Tetracycline is also used to treat other rarer infections, such as those caused by a group of micro-organisms called rickettsiae (eg Q fever, Rocky mountain spotted fever) and those caused by Brucella bacteria (brucellosis).

Product Name Price
Tetracycline 250 mg - 30 Caps $43.21
Tetracycline 250 mg - 60 Caps $38.41
Tetracycline 250 mg - 90 Caps $36.87
Tetracycline 500 mg - 30 Caps $40.89
Tetracycline 500 mg - 60 Caps $37.78
Tetracycline 500 mg - 90 Caps $38.67
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Tetracycline Directions To Use

Tetracycline should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Be sure to use the entire prescription. Do not use outdated tetracycline, as it is highly toxic to the kidneys. Do not take antacids containing aluminum, calcium, or magnesium (e.g., Mylanta, Maalox) while taking this medication. They will affect the absorption of the drug. Take tetracycline 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Foods, milk, and some other dairy products affect absorption of the tetracycline. Tetracycline should be continued for at least 24 to 48 hours after your symptoms have subsided.

Tetracycline Warnings and Side Effects

Talk to your physician before taking this medicine if you are hypersensitive to tetracyclines. Using Tetracycline in the absence of a proven or strongly suspected bacterial infection or a prophylactic indication is unlikely to provide benefit and increases the risk of the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

More common side effects of tetracycline may include: Anemia, blood disorders, blurred vision and headache (in adults), bulging soft spot on the head (in infants), diarrhea, difficult or painful swallowing, dizziness, extreme allergic reactions, genital or anal sores or rash, hives, inflammation of large bowel, inflammation of the tongue, inflammation of the upper digestive tract, increased sensitivity to light, loss of appetite, nausea, rash, ringing in the ears, swelling due to fluid accumulation, vision disturbance, and vomiting. Less common or rare side effects may include: Inflamed skin, inflammation of the penis, liver poisoning, muscle weakness, peeling, skin eruptions, and throat sores and inflammation.

Tetracycline Missed Dose

If you skip doses or do not complete the full course of therapy, you may risk a decrease in the effectiveness of the immediate treatment. Also there is a chance that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by Tetracycline or other antibacterial drugs in the future.

Tetracycline Storage

Store the tablets at room temperature; avoid excessive heat. Dispense in tight, light-resistant containers. Keep out of the reach of children.

Tetracycline Overdose

In case of overdosage, seek emergency medical attention.

Tetracycline More Information

If you are undergoing long-term therapy, periodic laboratory evaluation of organ system function, including renal, hepatic, and hematopoietic systems, should be performed.

Tetracycline Disclaimer

This drug information is for your information purposes only, it is not intended that this information covers all uses, directions, drug interactions, precautions, or adverse effects of your medication. This is only general information, and should not be relied on for any purpose. It should not be construed as containing specific instructions for any particular patient. We disclaim all responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of this information, and/or any consequences arising from the use of this information, including damage or adverse consequences to persons or property, however such damages or consequences arise. No warranty, either expressed or implied, is made in regards to this information.