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Tetracycline Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Tetracycline is used to treat bacterial infections such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus fever, and tick fevers; upper respiratory infections; pneumonia; gonorrhea; amoebic infections; and urinary tract infections. It is also used to help treat severe acne and to treat trachoma and conjunctivitis.

Tetracycline Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is 1 to 2 grams divided into 2 or 4 equal doses, depending on severity daily.
  • For children 8 years of age and above, the usual daily dose is 10 to 20 milligrams per pound of body weight divided into 2 or 4 equal doses.

Uses of Tetracycline

  • It is used to treat bacterial infections such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tick fevers; pneumonia; gonorrhea; and urinary tract infections.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Tetracycline

Before taken Tetracycline medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Tetracycline . Side effects may include:

  • Anemia
  • Blood disorders
  • Diarrhea
  • Extreme allergic reactions
  • Genital or anal sores or rash
  • Hives
  • Inflammation of large bowel

Warnings and precautions before taking Tetracycline:

  • If you have kidney disease, then you should tell your doctor.
  • Tetracycline drugs can make you more prone to sunburn when you are in sunlight or ultraviolet light. So you should be used appropriate precautions.
  • If you are taking this medication, then it may develop headache and blurred vision while you are taking tetracycline, and infants may develop a bulging soft spot on the head. You should contact your doctor if you experience or notice these symptoms.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Tetracycline with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Tetracycline with the following:

  • Antacids containing aluminum, calcium, or magnesium, such as Mylanta and Maalo
  • Blood thinners such as Coumadin
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Penicillin (Amoxil, Pen-Vee K, others)

After taken Tetracycline if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Tetracycline overdose is unknown.

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