Tetracycline is used to treat acne, skin infections, bacterial infections of the airways (pneumonia), those of the urinary tract and genitals and those with helicobacter pylori associated with gastric ulcer. It can also be used as an alternative to treatments usually administered against Lyme disease and for the treatment of anthrax or prevention after exposure.

What is Tetracycline?

Tetracycline is an antibiotic that prevents the growth and spread of bacteria by preventing it from synthesizing proteins.

How should Tetracycline be taken?

Tetracycline is consumed orally. The dosage is typically 2-4 servings daily, to be taken on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after a meal or snack, with plenty of water. It is best to avoid milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream and other dairy products.

Side effects associated with Tetracycline

Among the possible adverse effects of tetracycline are the following:

  • upset stomach
  • diarrhea
  • itching at the level of the rectum
  • vaginal itching
  • sore mouth
  • burns
  • changes in skin color

It is important to contact a doctor immediately if the intake is associated with:

  • severe headache
  • blurred vision
  • skin rash
  • hives
  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty swallowing
  • jaundice
  • itching
  • dark urine
  • pale stools
  • loss of appetite
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • excessive tiredness or weakness
  • confusion
  • joint stiffness and swelling
  • bruising and bleeding
  • decreased urination
  • pain or discomfort in the mouth
  • sores in the throat
  • fever or chills

Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Tetracycline

Tetracycline should not be used before the age of eight, and it may decrease the effectiveness of certain contraceptives.

Its effectiveness can be reduced by antacids, calcium supplements or iron and magnesium based laxative. Tetracycline should be taken at least one hour before or two hours after antacids, calcium supplements and laxatives containing magnesium and two hours before to three hours after iron products.

Before taking tetracycline it is important to tell your doctor if:

  • You have allergies to the active substance or to minocycline, doxycycline, sulfites or any medication
  • You are taking other medicines, herbal remedies and supplements, remembering to mention particularly antacids, anticoagulants and penicillin
  • You suffer (or have suffered) from allergies, asthma, diabetes, hay fever, hives, liver or kidney disease
  • You are pregnant or lactating

It is good to warn surgeons and dentists of therapies with tetracycline in progress. Also, during treatment you should avoid unnecessary or prolonged exposure to the sun and use clothing and cosmetics suited to protect your skin and eyes from the sun's rays.