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Tetracycline

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Canadian Brand Names: Apo-Tetra®;Nu-Tetra
    • Mexican Brand Names: Acromicina;Ambotetra;Erifor;Quimocyclar;Tetrex
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antibiotic, Tetracycline Derivative

    Uses
    • It is used to treat pimples (acne).
    • It is used to stop or treat bacterial infections.
    • It is used to stop or treat GI (gastrointestinal) ulcers caused by infection.
    • It is used to treat periodontitis.
    • Tetracycline works to harm the bacteria and fight the infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Use as told, even if feeling better.
    • Take on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
    • Take with a full glass of water.
    • Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this drug. This stops irritation to the swallowing tube (esophagus).
    • There is a liquid (suspension) if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
    • Stop tube feeding for 2 hours before giving this drug. Restart tube feeding 1 hour after giving.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change dose or stop drug. Talk with doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Throw away any unused part of this drug.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe reactions may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking certain other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • Do not give to a child younger than 8 years of age.
    • If you have an allergy to tetracycline or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

    Precautions

    • If you have kidney disease, talk with doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with certain other drugs.
    • Do not take dairy products, bismuth (Pepto-Bismol®), calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, multivitamins with minerals, colestipol, cholestyramine, didanosine, or antacids within 2 hours of this drug.
    • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor).
    • You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen; wear protective clothing and eyewear.
    • Use birth control that you can trust to stop pregnancy while taking this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Belly pain.
    • Not hungry.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Loose stools. Yogurt, Bifidobacterium bifidum, or Lactobacillus acidophilus may help. You can get these products at health food stores or in some pharmacies.
    • For women, vaginal yeast infection. Report itching or discharge.

    Monitoring

    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad loose stools, even after drug is stopped.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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