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What is Tretracycline used for?
Tretracycline is prescribed to treat a wide range of bacterial infections such as those of the skin, intestines, respiratory tract, urinary tract, genitals, lymph nodes, and other body systems. It is often used to treat severe acne or sexually transmitted infections such as Syphilis, Gonorrhea, or Chlamydia. Tetracycline can also be used in combination with anti-ulcer medications to treat certain types of stomach ulcers.
This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.
How does Tetracycline work?
Tetracycline comes as tablets or in liquid form for oral administration. When taken as directed, it interferes with the bacteria’s ability to produce essential proteins they need in order to grow, replicate, and increase in number. This medication is considered a bacteriostatic drug, which means that it does not actually kill the bacteria but it makes the bacteria unable to grow and multiply while your immune system takes of any remaining bacteria in your system.
Before taking Tetracycline, read all the instructions and paper work that given to you by your pharmacist. Make sure you take it at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Tetracycline dosage in your system. This medication should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. The Tetracycline dosage that you take will depend on your condition and your age. Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
Tetracycline may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Tetracycline. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions especially those relating to kidney disease, liver disease, problems swallowing, or any esophagus problems.
Some common Tetracycline side effects include:
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, mouth sores, black hairy tongue, sore throat, dizziness, headache, or rectal discomfort
Some serious Tetracycline side effects include:
Nail discoloration, muscle pain, difficult or painful swallowing, signs of kidney problems, brown/gray tooth discoloration, numbness/tingling of the hands/feet, unusual fatigue, new signs of infection, hearing changes, easy bruising/bleeding, severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine.
If any side effects of Tetracycline become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take?
A: The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best Tetracycline dosage for your treatment.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication should be stored at room temperature away from moisture and heat, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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