- What is tetracycline, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Is tetracycline available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for tetracycline?
- What are the side effects of tetracycline?
- What is the dosage for tetracycline?
- Is tetracycline safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about tetracycline?
What is tetracycline, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Tetracycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic, that is, it is active against many different types of bacteria. It is effective against Hemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia psittaci, Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and many others. Tetracycline prevents growth of bacteria by preventing the bacteria from manufacturing proteins that they need to survive. The first drug of the tetracycline family, chlortetracycline, was introduced in 1948.
Is tetracycline available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for tetracycline?
What are the side effects of tetracycline?
Tetracycline is generally well-tolerated. The most common side effects are:
Tetracycline may cause discoloration of teeth if used in patients below 8 years of age. Exaggerated sunburn can occur with tetracycline (photosensitivity). Therefore, sunlight or sunlamp exposure should be minimized during treatment.
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