TETRACYCLINES - a patient's guide
- Tetracycline - Panmycin
- Doxycycline - Doxy 100‚Äö
- Minocycline - Minotab, Minomycin
USE: Antibiotic - broad spectrum
This medicine is used to treat bacterial infections involving the chest, stomach, skin, throat, urinary tract, and other infections. It is also used to treat sexually transmitted diseases and acne. Tetracyclines work by preventing the formation of bacteria, thus stopping the growth of various infections.
- Previous allergy to sulphonamides
- Liver and kidney impairment
- Children < 12 years (teeth discolouration)
- Oral contraceptive (the "Pill") users
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Occasional: stomach upset, photosensitivity (sunburn risk), vaginal thrush susceptibility
Rarely: headache, eye sight problems, skin rash
Overdose: liver injury
Oral contraceptives (the "Pill") - use additional contraception (e.g. condoms), while on the antibiotic and until SEVEN DAYS of active pills have been taken in a row after course of antibiotics is completed.
Antacids, calcium and iron supplements reduce its absorption.
Other medicines include ACE inhibitors, antiepileptics and anticoagulants.
- Follow instructions carefully on the label of the medicine.
- Always complete the course of antibiotics unless directed by your doctor.
- Food: Take the medicine after food with a large glass of water.
- Alcohol: No problems.
- Sunlight: Avoid excess exposure.
- Calcium, antacids, iron supplements: Take after 3 hours of using this medicine.
- Consult your doctor immediately if side effects are severe (e.g. skin rash) or you experience ongoing side effects.