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Tetracycline Hydrochloride

Where is Tetracycline Hydrochloride used?

Tetracycline Hydrochloride is an antibiotic medication used to treat a wide variety of infections including acne. This stops the growth and development of the bacteria. Tetracycline Hydrochloride is an FDA-approved medication that comes as a tablet for oral use.

Acne occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with dead skin cells and oil. Sometimes, it causes pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads. Acne affects people of all ages but it is most common among teenagers.

How does Tetracycline Hydrochloride work?

Tetracycline Hydrochloride interferes with the ability of bacteria to make proteins. The bacteria cannot develop and increase in number if there are no proteins. This medication stops the spread of the infection and the remaining bacteria are killed by the immune system or eventually die. 

This medicine is active against the bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes. It is a common type of bacteria that feeds sebum that is made by the sebaceous glands in the skin. It creates waste products and fatty acids that irritate the sebaceous glands which makes them inflamed. By controlling bacterial numbers, makes the inflammation of the sebaceous glands under control and lets the skin heal.

How is Tetracycline Hydrochloride taken?

This medication works best on an empty stomach. Take a dose an hour before or 2 hours after a meal. If a stomach upset happens, ask your doctor if you can take this with food. Take this medication with a full glass of water. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking a dose. For this reason, do not take it right before bedtime. If you are taking any product that contains aluminum, magnesium, or calcium, take this medication 2 to 3 hours before. 

The dosage for Tetracycline Hydrochloride is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment. For use in children older than 8 years of age, the dosage is also based on weight. Continue to take Tetracycline Hydrochloride even if symptoms disappear after a few days until the full prescription is finished. Discontinuing taking the medication ahead of time may permit the bacteria to continue to grow. It may result in a relapse of the infection. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or gets worse.

What are the possible side effects of Tetracycline Hydrochloride?

  • Headache 
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach upset
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 

What are the precautions in using Tetracycline Hydrochloride?

  • Tetracycline Hydrochloride is not recommended for use in pregnant women, breastfeeding women, or in people with decreased kidney or liver function.
  • This should not be used in people who had an allergic reaction to it. Let your doctor know if you have any allergies. This drug may have inactive ingredients that cause an allergic reaction 
  • Some people might need a Tetracycline Hydrochloride lower dose or extra monitoring in people with liver problems, a condition called myasthenia gravis, or an inflammatory condition called systematic lupus erythematosus. 
  • Consult your doctor first if you have any questions about your intake of alcoholic beverages. Nevertheless, just be alert that if you are not feeling well with an infection or find that this drug gives you a headache then this might be made worse by drinking alcohol.
  • This drug may make you dizzy. Caution is advised when operating machinery or driving.