When to Use Tetracycline
Tetracycline is an antibiotic that is used to treat many medical issues that are related to bacterial infections. This includes but is not limited to gonorrhea, urinary tract infections, Chlamydia, acne, rosacea, and other bacterial related conditions or illnesses.
Most doctors recommend that you take Tetracycline in 1 to 2 gram dosages daily. If the infection is more severe, then your primary care physician may increase the dosage. Like any antibiotic, Tetracycline should continue to be taken for up to 48 hours after any symptoms of the illness or condition have disappeared. Failure to continue a recommended dosage of this medication for 48 hours after any symptoms have subsided may result in a strengthening of the virus or condition with which you were diagnosed.
Warnings and Precautions of Tetracycline
Be sure to talk to your doctor before you buy or take Tetracycline if you have a history of being allergic to antibiotics. Make sure that you indeed have a bacterial related infection before you consider buying or taking Tetracycline due to the fact that a misdiagnosis can cause an illness or condition to worsen when taking this medication. This can result in creating a stronger illness or infection that will be immune to most antibiotics.
Tetracycline does pass into breast milk and can damage bone and tooth development in children who are nursing. Talk to your doctor before taking this medication if you are pregnant or are nursing a child.
Also keep in mind that using Tetracycline usually decreases the effectiveness of birth control pills therefore it is recommended to avoid sex while taking this medication or use a condom in order to prevent becoming pregnant.
In some cases, your doctor will prescribe Tetracycline for long time periods. In this cases it is highly recommended to go for a periodic testing of all bodily and organ functions to make sure there are no adverse side effects resulting from the use of this medication.
Possible Side Effects of Tetracycline
There are a quite a few side effects that can occur when taking this medication. You should pay careful attention and seek medical help if you have any of the following symptoms while taking Tetracycline: inflammation of the anal or genital areas, dysphagia, vomiting, enterocolitis, glossitis, black hairy looking tongue, diarrhea, symptoms of anorexia such as rapid weight loss or poor appetite, sore throat or any problems or discomfort with the intestines, stomach or esophagus.
Tetracycline tablets should always be stored at any temperature between 70 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also avoid placing this medication in areas of direct sunlight or anywhere in the vicinity of extreme heat. As with all medication, Tetracycline should always be kept out of the reach of children.
Make sure that you do not skip any doses when taking Tetracycline due to the fact it will severely lower the ability of the drug to perform the way it is supposed to. If you do forget to take a dosage then continue taking the medication as prescribed without trying to catch up or make up for the missed dosage.
If you do overdose on this medication, make sure that you get emergency medical treatment immediately.
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