The Tetracycline is used to treat ‘ acne , the skin infections , the bacterial respiratory infections (including pneumonia). It is also used to treat urinary and genital tract infections and Helicobacter pylor i infections associated with gastric ulcer.
This drug can also be used to replace treatments generally administered against Lyme disease and for the treatment of anthrax or the prevention, after exposure, by the respiratory route.
How does Tetracycline work?
Tetracycline is an antibiotic that prevents the growth and spread of bacteria by preventing it from synthesizing proteins.
How is Tetracycline taken?
Tetracycline is administered orally . The dosage involves taking 2-4 doses per day. Doses should be taken on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after a meal or snack, with plenty of water.
The administration of Tetraclicin with milk, yogurt, cheeses, ice cream and other dairy products should be carefully avoided.
Side effects of Tetracycline
The potential side effects of Tetracycline include:
- stomach problems
- itching in the rectum
- vaginal itching
- mouth pain
- changes in skin color
A doctor should be contacted without hesitation if one of the following symptoms occurs:
- dark urine
- I made it clear
- loss of appetite
- stomach problems
- He retched
- excessive tiredness or weakness
- joint stiffness and swelling
- bruising and bleeding
- reduced urination
- pain or discomfort in the mouth
- sores in the throat
- fever or chills
- severe headache
- clouded view
- skin rash
- difficulty breathing
- difficulty swallowing
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Tetracycline
Tetracycline should never be given to pediatric patients before the age of eight and can decrease the effectiveness of some oral contraceptives.
Antacids, calcium or iron supplements and magnesium-based laxatives can reduce its effectiveness. For this reason it must be taken at least one hour before or two hours after antacids, calcium supplements and laxatives containing magnesium and two hours before or three hours after iron-based products.
Before starting treatment it is important to tell your doctor:
- of allergies to the active substance, Minocycline, Doxycycline to, sulfites or any drug;
- of medicinal products, herbal remedies and supplements taken , remembering to mention especially antacids, anticoagulants and penicillin;
- if you have suffered or still suffer from allergies, asthma, diabetes, hay fever, urticaria or liver or kidney disease in the past ;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding .
Your doctor, dentist or surgeon should always be advised of ongoing Tetracycline therapy.
In addition, during treatment it is good to avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to the sun and use clothing and cosmetics to protect the skin and eyes from the sun’s rays.