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Tetracycline-Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
Other Known Brands
  • Beatacycli    
  • Tetracycli    
  • Pharmaniag    

Why do I need this medicine?

Tetracycline is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the lung, skin, and bladder, certain types of infectious diarrhoea and sexually-transmitted diseases (STD).

Tetracycline may also be used together with other medicines for gastric ulcers caused by a type of bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori.

This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Tetracycline exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Tetracycline should be taken on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. You may take it after meals if you experience any stomach discomfort. Take Tetracycline with a full glass of water, in a sitting or standing position. Do not take it while lying down and do not lie down for at least half an hour after swallowing it.

This medicine must be taken at regular intervals for it to be effective. Continue to take it Tetracycline even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

Do not skip any doses. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction (breathlessness, rashes, swollen eyes) to other similar antibiotics such as doxycycline, lymecycline, minocycline or oxytetracycline.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- liver disease
- kidney disease
- systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE (immune system disorder marked by skin inflammation)
- myasthenia gravis(muscle weakness disorder)
- syphilis (a certain type of sexually-transmitted disease)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are being treated with Tetracycline for STD, you should follow your doctor's advice on ways to prevent passing the disease to others. You should also avoid sexual contact until the doctor certifies that you are cleared of the infection.

What side effects could I experience?

Tetracycline may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and stomach discomfort. These side effects are usually temporary.

This medicine may also cause discoloration of teeth in children below 12 years of age.

If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience swelling of eyes, cheeks or lips without apparent reason and rashes with skin peeling or blisters.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- penicillin antibiotics e.g. amoxicillin
- medicines for high cholesterol e.g. cholestyramine, colestipol
- medicines for treating acne e.g. isotretinoin, acitretin
- atovaquone (a medicine for malaria)
- coumarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
- lithium (a mood disorder medicine)
- digoxin (medicine for heart disease)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Tetracycline.

This medicine should not be taken with antacids, multivitamins, calcium pills, iron pills or laxatives containing magnesium. These could reduce the effectiveness of Tetracycline. If you must take these medicines, take them at least 3 hours after you have taken this medicine.

Inform your doctor if you are taking birth control pills. Tetracycline may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. You may wish to discuss additional birth control methods with your doctor.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

Tetracycline should not be taken with dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt or ice-cream as these could reduce the effectiveness of Tetracycline. Take Tetracycline at least 2 hours before or after you have taken any dairy products.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.

The syrup can be stored at room temperature of up to 30°C. Do not freeze it otherwise it will become less effective.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Tetracycline-Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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