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Tetracycline

Tetracycline, is used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections; acne; infections of skin, genital and urinary systems; and the infection that causes stomach ulcers (Helicobacter pylori). It also may be used as an alternative to other medications for the treatment of Lyme disease and for the treatment and prevention of anthrax (after inhalational exposure). Tetracycline is in a class of medications called tetracycline antibiotics.It works by preventing the growth and spread of bacteria.Antibiotics will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.
 
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TETRACYCLINE DRUG INFO



 
USAGE: Take tetracycline exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
 
Take each dose with a full glass of water (8 ounces). Adequate water should be taken with each dose to prevent irritation of the esophagus.
 
Shake the suspension well before measuring a dose.
 
To ensure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid form of tetracycline with a dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.
 
Take tetracycline on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
 
Do not take dairy products, iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours of taking tetracycline. These products may reduce the effectiveness of tetracycline.
 
Take all of the tetracycline that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated.
 
It is important to take tetracycline regularly to get the most benefit.
 
Throw away any unused tetracycline when it expires or when it is no longer needed. Do not take any tetracycline after the expiration date printed on the label. Expired tetracycline can cause a dangerous syndrome resulting in damage to the kidneys.
 
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
 
SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible: dark yellow or brown urine; decrease in the amount of urine; difficulty breathing; fever; headache; increased sensitivity to the sun or ultraviolet light; itching in the rectal or genital area; pain on swallowing; redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth; skin rash, itching; stomach pain or cramps; unusual weakness or tiredness; yellowing of the eyes or skin.

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome): diarrhea; discolored tongue; loss of appetite; nausea, vomiting; sore mouth.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in 2 to 3 days.

Do not take tetracycline just before going to bed. It may not dissolve properly when you are lying down and can cause pain in your throat.

Keep out of the sun, or wear protective clothing outdoors and always use a sunscreen with a high spf while outside. Avoid the use sun lamps or sun tanning beds or booths.

Make sure your diet provides vitamin B. Ask your prescriber or health care professional for advice if you think you are short of this vitamin.

Birth control pills (contraceptive pills) may not work properly while you are taking tetracycline. Use an extra method of birth control for at least one month.

If you are being treated for a sexually transmitted disease, avoid sexual contact until you have finished your treatment. Your sexual partner may also need treatment.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking tetracycline.

Antacid can stop the effects of tetracycline. If you get an upset stomach and want to take an antacid, make sure there is an interval of at least 2 hours since you last took tetracycline, or 4 hours before your next dose.

Iron and zinc preparations can also interfere with the effects tetracycline.

Never use tetracycline or other antibiotics if it is past the expiration date; it can make you seriously ill.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Antacids; calcium salts; cholestyramine; colestipol; digoxin; female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills; ferrous sulfate; magnesium salts; methoxyflurane; other antibiotic medicines; sodium bicarbonate; vitamin A; warfarin; zinc salts.

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

NOTES: Prescriber needs to know if you have any of these conditions: kidney disease; liver disease; other chronic illness; an unusual or allergic reaction to tetracycline antibiotics, foods, dyes, or preservatives; pregnant or trying to get pregnant; breast-feeding.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. There should be an interval of at least 4 to 6 hours between doses.

STORAGE: Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store tetracycline at room temperature between 15ó30 degrees C (59ó86 degrees F). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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