Tetracycline is a medicine specified to treat infections of urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, acne, and Chlamydia.
Follow the instructions of your doctor strictly. Go through the label on the medicine to learn instructions in detail. The medicine can be taken along with or without medicine, to avoid a stomach upset it is advised to take with food. Consume lots of water with Tetracycline. Do not discontinue medication without the suggestion of the concerned doctor. To avoid forgetting and for more effectiveness it is better to take the medicine at the same time every day. Never take more than one dose a day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Tetracycline is an antibiotic that slows down bacterial growth.
If a dose is missed, please take it shortly when you remember by giving a gap of 4 to 5 hours with the next dose. Otherwise, skip the dose and continue as usual. A double dose is not recommended at all as it will result in severe consequences.
Keep Tetracycline at room temperature within 20 and 25 degrees C. Always store in a clean, dry, cool, and dark place without the reach of children and pets.
Doctors do not prescribe tetracycline if you are allergic to any ingredient in the medicine or if you have problems like diarrhea, a stomach infection, or kidney obstacles.
Discuss your old and new clinical archives in detail with your doctor before commencing treatment with any new medication. If you are taking any herbal supplements or OTC medication, including vitamin pills, then communicate it to your doctor.
Tetracycline may raise the risk of having dizziness or drowsiness. This risk considerably increases if you take it along with alcoholic beverages. So kindly avoid them while taking tetracycline. Also, avoid doing any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, working on heavy machinery, etc).
Doctors may suggest certain laboratory tests to learn how you have responded to therapy and to check the severity of the side effects of Tetracycline in you.
Please tell your lab technician or surgeon that you are on Tetracycline medication before undergoing any emergency surgical procedure including dental operations.
Being an antibiotic tetracycline is not useful for treating viral infections common cold and flu. So, you must stay distant with people who have viral infections.
Some patients using antibiotics had extreme stomach cramps along with bloody or tarry stools. If you experience this, then contact your physician quickly.
Continuous use of tetracycline has led to a re-infection which is more severe than the first. Hence, doctors will constantly monitor your condition closely while using tetracycline.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child shortly, then ask your doctor before using Tetracycline to discuss any possible perils to the expected baby.
If you are breastfeeding take a consultation with a doctor before taking tetracycline as some drugs are passed in the breast milk and may enter the baby.