Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Bacterial conjunctivitis, Trachoma
Adult: As 1% ointment: Apply thinly unto conjunctival sac bid. Treatment duration: 7 days (bacterial conjunctivitis); 6 weeks (trachoma).

Prophylaxis of neonatal conjunctivitis
Child: As 1% ointment: 1 single application into each eye immediately after birth.

Susceptible infections
Adult: 250-500 mg 6 hourly. Dosage and treatment duration vary depending on the type of infection.
Child: ≥8 years 25-50 mg/kg daily, in divided doses 6 hourly.

Acne vulgaris, Rosacea
Adult: 250-500 mg daily as a single or in divided doses for at least 3 months.

Adult: 500 mg 4 times daily for 3 weeks in combination with streptomycin.

Nongonococcal urethritis, Uncomplicated genital infections due to Chlamydia trachomatis, Uncomplicated gonorrhoea
Adult: 500 mg 4 times daily for 7 days.

Adult: 500 mg 4 times daily. Treatment duration: 15 days for early syphilis (<1 year’s duration) or 30 days for syphilis of >1 year (except neurosyphilis).

Adult: 500 mg 4 times daily for 10 days.

Minor skin infections
Adult: As 3% ointment: Apply a small amount to affected area 1-3 times daily.
Renal Impairment
Acne vulgaris; Rosacea; Brucellosis; Uncomplicated genital infections due to Chlamydia trachomatis; Uncomplicated gonorrhoea; Nongonococcal urethritis; Epididymo-orchitis; Syphilis
Severe: Contraindicated.
Hepatic Impairment
Susceptible infections; Acne vulgaris; Rosacea; Brucellosis; Uncomplicated genital infections due to Chlamydia trachomatis; Uncomplicated gonorrhoea; Nongonococcal urethritis; Epididymo-orchitis; Syphilis
Max: 1 g daily.
Should be taken on an empty stomach. Take 1 hr before or 2 hr after meals w/ a full glass of water, in upright position. May be taken w/ meals to reduce GI discomfort.
Hypersensitivity to tetracyclines. Children <8 years. Severe renal impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.  Concurrent use of methoxyflurane, retinoids or vitamin A.
Special Precautions
Patient with myasthenia gravis, SLE. Children. Hepatic and mild to moderate renal impairment.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Photosensitivity, intracranial hypertension, increased BUN. Enamel hypoplasia or permanent tooth discolouration in children, tissue hyperpigmentation in children <8 years.
Blood and lymphatic system disorders: Rarely, agranulocytosis, aplastic or haemolytic anaemia, eosinophilia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Oesophagitis, oesephageal ulceration, epigastric distress, glossitis, gastrointestinal irritations, dysphagia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal discomfort, pancreatitis.
Hepatobiliary disorders: Rarely, transient increases in LFT, hepatitis, hepatic failure, jaundice.
Metabolism and nutrition disorders: Anorexia.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Erythematous or maculopapular rash, pruritus, bullous dermatoses, skin discolouration.
Potentially Fatal: Hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. anaphylaxis, angioedema, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, exacerbation of SLE). Clostridium difficile-associated disease (CDAD), hepatotoxicity.
Patient Counseling Information
Avoid exposure to sunlight; wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Use of eye ointment may cause transient blurring of vision and other eye disturbances, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor renal, hepatic and haematopoietic functions periodically; mental status. Obtain CBC and temperature. Assess culture and sensitivity prior to starting therapy.
Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, hypersensitivity. Crystalluria and haematuria may occur following very large dose. Management: Symptomatic and supportive treatment. Oral fluids may be given in case of severe vomiting and diarrhoea.
Drug Interactions
Absorption may be impaired by divalent and trivalent cations (e.g. Al, Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn), Na bicarbonate, bismuth subsalicylate, kaolin-pectin, sucralfate, colestipol and colestyramine. May form a complex with strontium ranelate, resulting in decreased absorption of tetracycline. May interfere with the bactericidal action of penicillin. May prolong the effect of anticoagulants. May reduce plasma-atovaquone concentration. May decrease the efficacy of oral contraceptives. Nephrotoxic effects may be exacerbated by diuretics or other nephrotoxic drugs. May increase the hypoglycaemic effect of insulin and sulfonylureas in patients with diabetes mellitus. May increase the toxic effects of ergot alkaloids and methotrexate. May increase lithium and digoxin levels. May diminish therapeutic effects of BCG, BCG vaccine, typhoid vaccine.
Potentially Fatal: Increased risk of benign intracranial hypertension when given concurrently with retinoids (e.g. acitretin, tretinoin, isotretinoin). Concurrent use of methoxyflurane may result in renal toxicity.
Food Interaction
Absorption may be impaired by food, milk or milk products.
Lab Interference
May interfere with diagnostic tests including determination of urinary catecholamines or glucose.
Description: Tetracycline exhibits its bacteriostatic action by reversibly binding to the 30S subunits of the ribosome, thereby preventing the binding of aminoacyl transfer RNA and inhibiting protein synthesis, thus arresting cell growth.
Absorption: Incompletely absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Bioavailability: Approx 60-80%. Time to peak plasma concentration: Approx 1-4 hours.
Distribution: Widely distributed in body tissues and fluids e.g. ascitic, synovial and pleural fluids. Crosses the placenta and enters breast milk. Plasma protein binding: 55-64%.
Excretion: Via urine (up to 55% as unchanged drug) and faeces. Elimination half-life: 8 hours (range: 6-12 hours).
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Tetracycline, CID=54675776, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Tetracycline (accessed on Jan. 23, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C. Protect from light.
MIMS Class
ATC Classification
S01AA09 - tetracycline ; Belongs to the class of antibiotics. Used in the treatment of eye infections.
J01AA07 - tetracycline ; Belongs to the class of tetracyclines. Used in the systemic treatment of infections.
D06AA04 - tetracycline ; Belongs to the class of topical tetracycline and derivatives agents used in the treatment of dermatological diseases.
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