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Tetracycline, Achromycin, Actisite, Helidac, Panmycin, Robitet


Tetracycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic indicated for use against many bacterial infections. It is commonly used to treat acne.

Tetracycline is produced by the streptomyces bacterium,


antibiotic, tetracycline


acne rosacea, acne vulgaris, Actinomyces israelii, actinomycosis, amebiasis, anthrax, Bacillus anthracis, Balantidium coli, Bartonella bacilliformis, Bejel, biliary tract infections, Bordetella pertussis, Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia recurrentis, bronchitis, Brucella sp., brucellosis, Burkholderia mallei, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Calymmatobacterium granulomatis, Campylobacter fetus, Chlamydia psittaci, Chlamydia trachomatis, Clostridium perfringens, Clostridium tetani, conjunctivitis, Coxiella burnetii, duodenal ulcer, Entamoeba histolytica, enterocolitis, Francisella tularensis, Fusobacterium fusiforme, gastric ulcer, gonorrhea, granuloma inguinale, Haemophilus ducreyi, Haemophilus influenzae (º-lactamase negative), Haemophilus influenzae (º-lactamase positive), Helicobacter pylori, Legionella pneumophila, Legionnaire's disease, Leptospira sp., Leptotrichia buccalis, Listeria monocytogenes, lower respiratory tract infections, Lyme disease, lymphogranuloma venereum, malaria, murine typhus, Mycobacterium fortuitum, Mycobacterium marinum, Mycoplasma hominis, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Neisseria meningitidis, Nocardia sp., non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU), ophthalmia neonatorum, otitis media, Pasteurella multocida, periodontitis, pharyngitis, Pinta, plague, Plasmodium falciparum, pneumonia, Propionibacterium acnes, Propionibacterium propionicum, psittacosis, Q fever, Rickettsia akari, Rickettsia prowazekii, Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia tsutsugamushi, Rickettsial pox, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Shigella sp., shigellosis, sinusitis, skin and skin structure infections, Spirillum minus, Streptobacillus moniliformis, syphilis, trachoma, Treponema pallidum, tularemia, upper respiratory tract infections, Ureaplasma urealyticum, urinary tract infection (UTI), Vibrio cholerae, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, yaws, Yersinia enterocolitica, Yersinia pestis,

Side Effects

abdominal pain, anorexia, azotemia, candidiasis, diarrhea, elevated hepatic enzymes, enamel hypoplasia, eosinophilia, erythema, Fanconi syndrome, gingivitis, glossitis, hepatitis, increased intracranial pressure, nausea/vomiting, neutropenia, photosensitivity, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, vitamin B deficiency

Drug-Vitamin-Herb Interactions

Negative interactions:

Potassium Citrate
Potassium Citrate makes urine less acidic, may decrease effectiveness of tetracycline antibiotics.

St JohnÕs Wort and Dong Quai
St JohnÕs Wort and Dong Quai can cause sensitivity to sunlight, which may add to side effects of tetracyclines.

Minerals can interfere with absorption of tetracycline antibiotics. Take separately.

Positive interactions:

Lactobacillus acidophilus
Probiotics replace normal intestinal bacteria, which may reduce the side effect of diarrhea associated with antibiotics.

Sacchromyces boulardii
Sacchromyces boulardii may prevent antibiotic-related diarrhea.

Vitamin K
Antibiotics may cause vitamin K deficiency by destroying the beneficial bacteria that produce it.




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