Tetracycline class of antibiotics

Tetracycline class of antibiotics

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* Tetracyclines is an antibiotic often used to treat skin diseases, mostly acne, rosacea and perioral dermatitis.

Tetracyclines is an antibiotic often used to treat skin diseases. In additional to treating bacterial infections, it also has anti-inflammatory effects. In the dermatological context, it's most often prescribed to treat acne, rosacea and perioral dermatitis, but it may also be prescribed to treat Hidradenitis suppurativa, bullous pemphigoid, sarcoidosis, Pyoderma gangrenosum, Sweet disease, and Pityriasis lichenoides chronica. Tetracycline works by preventing the growth and spread of bacteria.


For bacterial infections, Tetracycline is taken for one to two weeks typical. For skin conditions, dosage varies depending on the type of skin condition for which it is prescribed. It should not be taken with food, especially diary products. Drink a full glass of water with each dose.

Side Effects

Side effects may occur, and can include upset stomach, diarrhea, itching of the rectum or vagina, sore mouth, sunburn, and changes in skin color. If these side effects are severe or persistent, notify your doctor. More serious side effects may include severe headache, blurred vision, skin rash, hives, difficulty breathing or swallowing, yellowing of the skin or eyes, itching, dark-colored urine, light-colored bowel movements, loss of appetite, upset stomach, vomiting, stomach pain, extreme tiredness or weakness, confusion, joint stiffness or swelling, unusual bleeding or bruising, decreased urination, pain or discomfort in the mouth, throat sores, fever or chills. If you experience any of the more serious side effects, notify your physician.

Notes of Precaution

* Tetracycline should be stored in a cool place and out of direct sunlight.

* Do not take Tetracycline if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

* Children under 12 should not take Tetracycline.

* Expired tables may cause kidney infection.

* Notify your doctor if you are allergic to tetracycline, minocycline, doxycycline, sulfites, or any other medications.

* Antacids, calcium supplements, iron products, and laxatives containing magnesium interfere with tetracycline, making it less effective.

* Long-term use may result in the appearance of resistant bacteria.

* Tetracycline may make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and wear protective clothing.

* Because Tetracycline reduces the amount of bacteria, Tetracycline may also cause yeast infections in women.

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