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    What is Tetracycline used for?

    Tetracycline is an antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections such as respiratory tract infections, skin infections, and urinary tract infections. It is also prescribed for acne, gonorrhea, chlamydia, typhus, cholera, brucellosis, anthrax, and so on. This medicine works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Tetracycline?

    The dosage of Tetracycline prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Take Tetracycline on an empty stomach. Take it with a full glass of water.

    What if you miss a dose of Tetracycline?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Tetracycline medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Tetracycline?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Tetracycline, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Tetracycline?

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Tetracycline.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Tetracycline, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Tetracycline can interact with blood thinners, penicillin antibiotics, antacids, and cholesterol-lowering medications.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the side effects of Tetracycline?

    Like other medicines, Tetracycline can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Tetracycline are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Tetracycline cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Tetracycline develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Tetracycline can cause side effects such as mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, vaginal itching, and mouth sores. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Tetracycline.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Tetracycline?

    Is it possible for me to take Tetracycline with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Tetracycline?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Tetracycline?
    How will Tetracycline work in my body?
    How should Tetracycline be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Tetracycline drug interactions and side effects?


    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Tetracycline is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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    Posted By... IDMRx User | 2011-03-02
    Hi, I just ordered sumycin(tetracycline)250mg for my perioral dermatitis, but i just found out that your company has 3 different kinds of tetracyclines. are they all the same or different? Reply
    Replied by Pharmacist @ IDM
    Hi, All the 3 drugs are Tetracycline and all are same only. Just the brand name differs.
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