Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Oxytetracycline is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the skin, lung, eye, genitals and bladder. It is also used to treat certain infectious diarrhoea and sexually-transmitted diseases (STD).

This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Oxytetracycline 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.

Oxytetracycline is best taken on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. This will help improve the absorption of Oxytetracycline.

This medicine must be taken at regular intervals for it to be effective. Continue to take Oxytetracycline 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 similar antibiotics such as doxycycline, lymecycline, minocycline or tetracycline.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

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

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What side effects could I experience?
Oxytetracycline 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. Discuss with your doctor if you are concern with this side effect.

Oxytetracycline may also cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid direct or long hours of exposure to the sun and other forms of ultraviolet (UV) light like tanning beds or sun lamps.

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 any of the following:

- headache and visual disturbance
- pain when swallowing, chest pain
- yellowing of the skin or eyes

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 treating acne e.g. isotretinoin, acitretin
- medicines for high cholesterol e.g. colestipol
- acenocoumarol (a blood-thinning medicine)
- medicine for diabetes e.g. insulin

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

This medicine should not be taken with antacids, multivitamins, calcium pills, iron pills or laxatives containing magnesium. These could reduce the effectiveness of Oxytetracycline. 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. Oxytetracycline may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. You may wish to discuss additional birth control methods with your doctor or pharmacist.

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.

Do not take Oxytetracycline with dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt or ice-cream. These could reduce the effectiveness of Oxytetracycline. Take Oxytetracycline 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.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on oxytetracycline-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 © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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