Tetracycline, a "broad-spectrum" antibiotic, is prescribed to treat bacterial infections such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus fever, and tick fevers; upper respiratory infections; pneumonia; gonorrhea; amoebic infections; and urinary tract infections. It is also prescribed to help treat severe acne and to treat trachoma (a chronic eye infection) and conjunctivitis (pinkeye). Tetracycline is often an alternative drug for people who are allergic to penicillin.
Tetracycline side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Vision Disturbance;
- Swelling Due To Fluid Accumulation;
- Ringing In The Ears;
- Loss Of Appetite;
- Inflammation Of The Upper Digestive Tract;
- Inflammation Of The Tongue;
- Inflammation Of Large Bowel;
- Increased Sensitivity To Light;
- Genital Or Anal Sores Or Rash;
- Extreme Allergic Reactions;
- Difficult Or Painful Swallowing;
- Bulging Soft Spot On The Head (In Infants);
- Blurred Vision And Headache (In Adults);
- Blood Disorders;
Your doctor will adjust your dose on the basis of the condition to be treated, your age, and risk factors such as kidney problems.
You should use this drug for at least 24 to 48 hours after symptoms and fever have subsided. For a streptococcal infection, doses should be taken for at least 10 days.
For most infections, the usual daily dose is 1 to 2 grams divided into 2 or 4 equal doses, depending on severity.
For treatment of brucellosis
The usual dose is 500 mg 4 times daily for 3 weeks; the drug should be accompanied by streptomycin.
For treatment of syphilis
You should take a total of 30 to 40 grams, divided into equal doses over a period of 10 to 15 days.
Gonorrhea patients sensitive to penicillin can take Tetracycline, starting with 1.5 grams, followed by 0.5 gram every 6 hours for 4 days, to a total dosage of 9 grams.
For urethral, endocervical, or rectal infections in adults caused by Chlamydia trachomatis
The usual dose is 500 mg, 4 times a day, for at least 7 days.
CHILDREN 8 YEARS OF AGE AND ABOVE
The usual daily dose is 10 to 20 mg per pound of body weight divided into 2 or 4 equal doses.