Tetracycline

Description

Tetracycline is an antibiotic which is used in the treatment of infections in the lungs, reproductive organs, and cholera. This medicine may cause teeth discoloration in the children. It may increase the risk of sunburns when exposed to the sunlight.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Tetracycline

  • Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Itching of the rectal or genital areas
  • Mouth ulcers

Uses of Tetracycline

What is it prescribed for?

  • Cholera
  • Chlamydia Infection
  • Brucellosis
  • Bronchitis
  • Rickettsial Infection
  • Pneumonia
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 2 to 4 hours
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 1 to 2 days.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency have been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women.

Allergy

Not recommended in the patients allergic to Tetracycline.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Photosensitivity

This medicine may increase the risk of sunburn reaction. Patients should be counseled about these reactions and advised to discontinue the treatment if any symptoms of skin rash appear.

Impaired liver function

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with the liver injury. Close monitoring of liver function tests is necessary. Discontinue the treatment if the symptoms persist.

Drug-resistance

Usage of Tetracycline without sufficient proof or suspicion of a bacterial infection should be avoided. Irrational dosing might fail in providing the benefits and even cause toxicity. It may also increase the risk of development of bacteria that is drug resistant.

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended in children less than 8 years due to the risk of permanent teeth discoloration.

Missed Dose

The missed dose should be taken as soon possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it's already time for your next scheduled dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Warfarin

Ethinyl Estradiol

Cholera Vaccine

Digoxin

Calcium gluconate

Disease interactions

Colitis

Avoid if you experience severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, and blood in stools after taking Tetracycline. Inform the doctor if you are suffering from any gastrointestinal diseases. Drink adequate amount of water to prevent dehydration.
Food interactions
This medicine is not recommended to take with iron and calcium preparations due to the decrease in the absorption. The minimum time gap of 3 hours should be maintained for a better absorption.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Tetracycline as instructed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised. Drink adequate amount of water to prevent the irritation in the intestine. Do not take with calcium-containing products because of the decrease in the absorption.Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting the doctor.
Miscelleneous

To be taken on an empty stomach

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria by interrupting the protein synthesis.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Tetracyclines

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/24185

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Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 20 April 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database#searchname

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https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~sNEqWu:1

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Information on this page was last updated on 16 Nov 2017

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