Tetracycline - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Checked by S. Hemamalini, B. Pharm
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Information about Tetracycline

Generic Name : Tetracycline
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Tetracycline are provided here.
Pronunciation : tet ra sye’ kleen
Learn the correct pronunciation of the Tetracycline, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.
ICD Code : Y40.4 | Therapeutic Classification : Antibiotics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Tetracycline

India : 


International : 

Helidac Therapy, Sumycin

Why is Tetracycline Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antibiotic, prescribed for certain types of bacterial infections.  It fights bacteria in the body.

When should Tetracycline not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Tetracycline?

Adults: Usual daily dose is 1 to 2 gm.
For mild to moderate infections: 500 mg two times per day.
For children above eight years of age: usual daily dose is 10 to 20 mg/lb (25 to 50 mg/kg) body weight divided in four equal doses.

How should Tetracycline be taken?

It comes as a tablet, capsule, oral liquid to take by mouth, on an empty stomach.

What are the warnings and precautions for Tetracycline?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of diarrhea, a stomach infection, or kidney problems, any allergies, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause dizziness or blurred vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• It may cause stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools; if it is so consult with your doctor.

What are the side effects of Tetracycline?

   Gastrointestinal : Loss of appetite, stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bulky loose stools, mouth ulcer, sore throat, tongue inflammation, difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness and inflammatory lesions.
   Skin : Sensitivity to sunlight.
   Genitourinary : Increases in BUN.
   Hypersensitivity : Shock, fever, rash, joint pain, hives and bruising.
   Blood : Anemia, decrease in white blood cells and platelets.
   Miscellaneous : Dizziness and headache.

What are the other precautions for Tetracycline?

Avoid exposure to sunlight.
Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Tetracycline?

Store it at room temperature.
Last Updated : August 11, 2022

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