Tetracycline

September 1st, 2011 by Helen Scholz

If you suffer from really terrible acne that just doesn’t want to go away and have tried different acne medications you may have already stumbled across the antibiotic Tetracycline.

Tetracycline is an antibiotic that is used for many different bacterial infections; however its most common use is to treat acne. Tetracycline is used to treat pneumonia, cholera, typhus, and strep throat. Tetracycline is also used in different dental applications. Some brand names that contain tetracycline are: Terramycin, Tetracyn, Panmycin, and Sumycin.

For severe infections Tetracycline can be administered intravenously; however it is normally taken in pill form because it is rarely given in liquid form. Children who are under age eight should not use tetracycline, this is the reason why it is not usually given in liquid form, because children’s medicine usually comes in liquid form and it is dangerous for them to take it.

If you are taking birth control, then tetracycline is an antibiotic you want to stay away from, unless you want the possibility of the birth control side effects to be an actual pregnancy. The chemicals of the two medications could maybe cause the birth control to lose its ability. Also, pregnant and nursing ladies should not be using tetracycline. The antibiotic get’s into nursing mothers milk and could cause bone growth or teeth staining in the children. It can also cause damage to an unborn child.

Most people can tolerate the antibiotic tetracycline very well; however, there are those who do not and have some negative side effects. Most side effects are minor ones which means, those who had the side effects did not require treatment or they were treated very easily.

Some of the side effects of tetracycline include:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Skin reactions
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Upset stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

There have been a few other side effects not included in the above list. If you have liver or kidney disease you must tell your doctor before taking tetracycline. Those who have liver or kidney diseases may not be able to take this antibiotic or may need a different dosage of the medicine; they may even need special monitoring during therapy.

Another thing to take note is that if you are taking Tetracycline you should avoid going into the sun and avoid artificial UV rays. The antibiotic can make your skin more sensitive and you could develop sunburn very easily.