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Tetracycline Cap 250 mg by Pro Doc Limited

tetracycline

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

00156744     TETRACYCLINE CAP 250MG

  • How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

      Tetracycline belongs to the class of medications called antibiotics. It is used to treat certain types of infections that are caused by bacteria (antibiotics are not useful for viruses like the ones that cause the common cold).

      Tetracycline is most commonly used to treat infections of the skin (including acne), Lyme disease, and certain sexually transmitted infections. Tetracycline is also used in combination with bismuth subsalicylate, another antibiotic called metronidazole, and a proton pump inhibitor such as omeprazole for treatment of the bacteria (H. pylori) that cause a majority of stomach ulcers.

      Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

      Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

  • What form(s) does this medication come in?

      Tetracycline Cap 250 mg de Pro Doc Limited® is no longer being manufactured for sale in Canada. For brands that may still be available, search under tetracycline. This article is being kept available for reference purposes only. If you are using this medication, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for information about your treatment options.

  • How should I use this medication?

      The recommended adult dose of tetracycline is 250 mg to 500 mg 4 times daily on an empty stomach. For 2 hours before and after taking the medication, avoid dairy products as well as antacids that contain aluminum, calcium, or magnesium. Tetracycline should be taken with a full glass of water while standing or sitting upright and should not be taken at bedtime (to avoid irritation of the lining of the throat and the tube leading to the stomach, known as the esophagus).

      Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

      It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Finish all this medication, even if you have started to feel better. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

      Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

  • Who should NOT take this medication?

      Do not take this medication if you:

      • are allergic to tetracycline or any ingredients of this medication
      • are allergic to related medications such as doxycycline or minocycline
      • are pregnant or breast-feeding (unless the benefits outweigh the risks)
      • have severe reduction in kidney function

      Do not give this medication to children under 8 years of age who have a common infection that may be treated with a different antibiotic.

  • What side effects are possible with this medication?

      Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

      The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

      The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

      Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

      • abdominal pain
      • diarrhea
      • increased skin sensitivity to sunlight
      • nausea and vomiting
      • vaginal yeast infections

      Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.

      Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

      • hepatic cholestasis, or blockage of bile flow (a digestive fluid) from the liver; symptoms may include yellowing of the skin or eyes, intense itching and/or dark coloured urine

      Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

      • bulging soft spot on the heads of infants (which may also be a result of increased pressure in the skull)
      • increased pressure in the skull (also known as intracranial pressure). Patients may experience headache and/or visual disturbances as a result
      • serious allergic reaction (e.g. difficulty breathing)

      Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.

  • Are any nutrients depleted by this medication?

      Some medications can affect vitamin and nutrient levels in the body. Below is a list of nutrient depletions associated with this medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about whether taking a supplement is recommended or if you have any questions or concerns.

      Tetracycline Cap 250 mg by Pro Doc Limited may deplete vitamin B1

      How can this nutrient deficiency affect me?
      Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, helps the body convert carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy. It also helps the body with normal growth, and is needed to keep your nervous system functioning properly, help produce cellular energy, and make chemical messengers that are involved in mood.

      What can I do about this?
      Talk to your pharmacist about vitamin B1 deficiency. Vitamin B1 is available in supplement form. Before starting any nutrient supplement, always talk with your pharmacist first.

      Tetracycline Cap 250 mg by Pro Doc Limited may deplete vitamin B2

      How can this nutrient deficiency affect me?
      Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is a nutrient that plays a vital role in metabolism and energy production by converting carbohydrates, fats, and protein to energy. Vitamin B2 acts as an antioxidant and is beneficial for the healthy growth of skin, hair, and nails.

      What can I do about this?
      Talk to your pharmacist about vitamin B2 deficiency. Vitamin B2 is available in supplement form. Before starting any nutrient supplement, always talk with your pharmacist first.

      Tetracycline Cap 250 mg by Pro Doc Limited may deplete vitamin B3

      How can this nutrient depletion affect me?
      Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, is a nutrient vital to cellular energy production and metabolism - maintaining the function of every cell in the body. It plays an important role in blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

      What can I do about this?
      Talk to your pharmacist about vitamin B3 deficiency. Vitamin B3 is available in supplement form. Before starting any nutrient supplement, always talk with your pharmacist first.

      Tetracycline Cap 250 mg by Pro Doc Limited may deplete vitamin B6

      How can this nutrient deficiency affect me?
      Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is a nutrient vital to metabolism and energy production as it helps produce blood cells, and certain brain chemicals. It is required for the proper functioning of over 60 enzymes in the body. Low levels of vitamin B6 can have a variety of symptoms including depression, sleep disturbances, decreased alertness, and nerve inflammation.

      What can I do about this?
      Talk to your pharmacist about vitamin B6 deficiency. Vitamin B6 is available in supplement form. Before starting any nutrient supplement, always talk with your pharmacist first.

      Tetracycline Cap 250 mg by Pro Doc Limited may deplete vitamin B12

      How can this nutrient deficiency affect me?
      Vitamin B12, also known as cyancobalamin or cobalamin, is involved in the body's metabolism, DNA synthesis, and the maturation of red blood cells. It also helps maintain the nervous system. Vitamin B12 deficiency is most common in people on meatless diets since it is not found in grains, fruits, or vegetables.

      What can I do about this?
      Talk to your pharmacist about vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is available in supplement form. Before starting any nutrient supplement, always talk with your pharmacist first.

      Tetracycline Cap 250 mg by Pro Doc Limited may deplete vitamin C

      How can this nutrient deficiency affect me?
      Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a nutrient that plays a major role in stress response, immune system, wound healing, and production of collagen and elastin (major components of skin, tendons, bone, teeth, blood vessels). It is an antioxidant and helps neutralize free radicals. Vitamin C deficiency is most common in people who do not get enough of it from their diet, since the body cannot produce its own and must depend on diet to receive enough vitamin C.

      What can I do about this?
      Talk to your pharmacist about vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C is available in supplement form. Before starting any nutrient supplement, always talk with your pharmacist first.

      Tetracycline Cap 250 mg by Pro Doc Limited may deplete vitamin K

      How can this nutrient depletion affect me?
      Vitamin K is a nutrient that can be made by bacteria in the gut. Vitamin K plays a vital role in blood clotting and bone formation.

      What can I do about this?
      Talk to your pharmacist about vitamin K deficiency. Vitamin K is available in supplement form. Before starting any nutrient supplement, always talk with your pharmacist first.

      Tetracycline Cap 250 mg by Pro Doc Limited may deplete potassium

      How can this nutrient deficiency affect me?
      Potassium plays an important role in muscle contraction, helping maintain proper functioning of your heart and digestive system. Potassium is an electrolyte and helps maintain water balance, nerve conduction, and blood pressure. Deficiency increases the risk of low blood pressure and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat).

      What can I do about this?
      Talk to your pharmacist about potassium deficiency. Potassium is available in supplement form. Before starting any nutrient supplement, always talk with your pharmacist first.

      Tetracycline Cap 250 mg by Pro Doc Limited may deplete magnesium

      How can this nutrient deficiency affect me?
      Magnesium is a nutrient important to the body's metabolism, energy production, and detoxification. It also is involved in the production of some hormones as well as healthy bones and teeth. Magnesium helps to control blood pressure and maintain heart health.

      What can I do about this?
      Talk to your pharmacist about magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is available in supplement form. Before starting any nutrient supplement, always talk with your pharmacist first.

      Tetracycline Cap 250 mg by Pro Doc Limited may deplete zinc

      How can this nutrient deficiency affect me?
      Zinc is a mineral vital to enzyme function and so has a major role in many biological processes. It is involved in DNA synthesis, wound healing, immunity, normal growth and maturation, plus regulating taste, smell, and vision. Depletion of zinc is also common in some medical conditions, including alcoholism, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), and liver and kidney diseases.

      What can I do about this?
      Talk to your pharmacist about zinc deficiency. Zinc is available in supplement form. Before starting any nutrient supplement, always talk with your pharmacist first.

  • Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?

      Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

      Diarrhea: If you develop diarrhea while taking tetracycline, call your doctor.

      Kidney function: People with reduced kidney function should take tetracycline with caution and use an adjusted dose, as prescribed by their doctor. People with severely reduced kidney function are at risk of significant side effects with the use of this medication.

      Overgrowth of organisms: The use of antibiotics may allow organisms not killed by the antibiotic to overgrow. This may cause unwanted conditions such as yeast infections.

      Sensitivity to sunlight: An exaggerated sunburn reaction may occur for some people who take this medication. Watch for this if you spend time in direct sunlight or ultraviolet light and ensure that sun protection measures are taken (e.g., wear sunscreen, a hat, and long sleeve shirts). At the first sign of skin redness, stop taking the medication and see your doctor about changing your prescription.

      Tooth discolouration: The use of tetracycline during tooth development (from the second trimester of pregnancy to the age of 8 years) may cause permanent discoloration of the teeth (yellow-grey-brown). Though more commonly associated with long-term use of tetracyclines, this effect has also been known to occur after taking the medication for a short time. Tetracycline should therefore not be used by children 8 years old or younger unless other medications are unlikely to be effective or can't be used.

      Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

      Breast-feeding: This medication passes in small amounts into breast milk. Tetracycline is not recommended for nursing women unless potential benefits outweigh the risks.

  • What other drugs could interact with this medication?

      There may be an interaction between tetracycline and any of the following:

      • antacids that contain aluminum, calcium, or magnesium
      • birth control medications
      • bismuth subsalicylate
      • calcium supplements
      • cholestyramine
      • colestipol
      • digoxin
      • insulin
      • iron supplements
      • lithium
      • kaolin and pectin
      • penicillin
      • vitamin A derivatives (e.g. isotretinoin)
      • warfarin
      • zinc sulfate or gluconate

      If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

      • stop taking one of the medications,
      • change one of the medications to another,
      • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
      • leave everything as is.

      An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

      Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

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