Tetracycline is used in the treatment and prevention of bacterial infections
How it Works
Tetracycline is an antibiotic which has antibiotic properties which inhibit bacteria from functioning. Tetracycline works by killsing the bacteria by inhibiting synthesis of essential proteins, required by bacteria to carry out vital functions.
Common Side effects
Patients who take Tetracycline may suffer from such side effects; Nausea, Rash, Vomiting, Urticaria, Loss of appetite, Photosensitivity, Diarrhoea, Haemolytic anemia
Tetracycline capsule is a drug that serves as an antibiotic which actively fights against Chlamydia psittaci, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Hemophilus influenzae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia trachomatis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and other microorganisms. It stops the development of the bacteria by stopping the microorganisms to create proteins so they cannot survive. The first produced tetracycline drug in 1948 was known as chlortetracycline.
Tetracycline comes in an odourless, yellow crystalline powder. Tetracycline is stable however too much exposure to the sun causes it to darken. Solutions of below pH 2 and rapid destruction of alkali hydroxide solutions affect the potent tetracycline. It is dissolvable in water at low levels, however, it is freely dissolvable in solutions of alkali hydroxide and in diluted acid, solubility is sparse in alcohol and not soluble in ether and chloroform. Every capsule is taken orally and has 250 mg or 500 mg tetracycline hydrochloride along with other inactive ingredients like D&C Yellow #10, colloidal silicon dioxide, gelatin, propylene glycol, pregelatinized starch, titanium dioxide, modified shellac glaze, and stearic acid. Capsule with 250 mg has Aluminum Lake FD&C Blue #1, black iron oxide, Aluminum Lake FD&C Blue #2, FD&C Yellow #6 and FD&C Red #40 Aluminum Lake. While capsule with 500 mg has FD&C Blue #1, simethicone, ammonium hydroxide and FD&C Red #40.
Tetracycline is effective for various types of infections due to susceptible microorganisms. These include infections in skin, urinary tract, and the respiratory tract. This drug is also good for the treatment of typhus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, cholera, anthrax, acne, nongonococcal urethritis, chancroid, brucellosis, and syphilis. This medicine also works well when combined with other medications for fast treatment of the bacteria causing ulcers, Helicobacter pylori and stomach inflammation as well as duodenu.
Dosage and administration
Two hours before and after meals is the advised intake time of this medicine because food lessens the concentration of tetracycline. Patients must take the tetracycline two to four times every day good for seven to fourteen days medication applicable for most infections. Adults must take a dose of 1 to 2 g per day in two to four doses divided equally.
This medicine is not a good recommendation, For pregnant women as it can impair the development of the fetus. Also, it is not allowed to be consumed by those who are breast-feeding their babies.
Using this drug as antibiotics may also spread the growth of other organisms like fungi. If there is occurrence of severe infections, patient must stop using his medicine immediately. It requires appropriate and immediate medical attention if any severe side effects occur.
Tetracycline has to be stored in room temperature, away from the reach of children and pets. Tetracycline also has to be kept away from heat, direct sunlight, moisture and extreme cold.