Oxytetracycline acts as an anti-bacterial agent. Thus, it prevents infections that occur because of bacterial invasion in the body. The drug is generally recommended for the treatment of infections that affect the chest and the mouth. A few sexually transmitted infections are also effectively treated with Oxytetracycline. Some doctors also prescribe Oxytetracycline to treat skin conditions like acne and rosacea that have lasted for a long time.
In order to ensure your safety, give your doctor details about your current medical condition and give him a list of the medications that you are on. If you suffer from problems like porphyria or suffer from an inflammatory condition, take Oxytetracycline only after consulting with your doctor first. The drug is generally not recommended for pregnant women and lactating mothers. Children below the age of 12 years should not be given Oxytetracycline.
Oxytetracycline should be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor. For treatment of acne and rosacea your doctor will prescribe you two doses to be taken twice daily. Oxytetracycline should be taken on an empty stomach. Ensure that you do not have milk for a couple of hours after you have taken the drug.
The side effects of Oxytetracycline include abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache and feeling sick. The drug sometimes also causes an allergic reaction which can result in symptoms like rashes, severe itching, hives etc. In this case seek immediate help from your medical adviser.
If you are undergoing a surgery or dental treatment make sure to inform your doctor about Oxytetracycline if you are taking any. Keep the drug away from small children and store it in a clean and dry environment away from direct sunlight or heat.
Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.
- infection that spreads from animals caused by Brucella bacteria.
Rickettsial InfectionOxytetracycline is used in the treatment of Rickettsial infections like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus fever and the typhus group, Q fever, rickettsial pox, and tick fevers caused by Rickettsiae.
Chlamydia InfectionOxytetracycline is used in the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia Infection.
How long is the duration of effect?The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 18 to 33 hours.
What is the onset of action?The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 1 to 3 hours
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
Is it habit forming?No habit forming tendency have been reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women.
Missed Dose instructionsThe missed dose should be taken as soon possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it's already time for your next scheduled dose.
Overdose instructionsSeek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Oxytetracycline as ingredient
Oxytetracycline belongs to the class tetracyclines. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria by inhibiting the protein synthesis by acting on 30S ribosomal subunits of susceptible bacteria.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
DiseaseInformation not available.
Interaction with Alcohol
AlcoholInteraction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Lab Test
LabInformation not available.
Interaction with Food
Iron and calcium supplementsThis medicine is not recommended to take with iron and calcium preparations due to the decrease in the absorption. The minimum time gap of 3 hours should be maintained for a better absorption.
Interaction with Medicine
WarfarinOxytetracycline may increase the effect of warfarin and may increase the risk of bleeding. Close monitoring of blood platelets is necessary. Any symptoms of unusual bleeding should be reported to the doctor. Dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Ethinyl EstradiolThe desired effect of contraceptive pills will not be achieved if these medicines are taken together. Appropriate dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Cholera VaccineIf you have taken Oxytetracycline, then it is advisable to wait for 14 days before taking Cholera vaccine. Usage of other antibiotics and vaccines should be reported to the doctor.
DigoxinOxytetracycline may increase the concentration of digoxin and may cause serious effects like irregular heartbeats, nausea, and visual changes. The dose of digoxin should be adjusted. Close monitoring of symptoms is necessary.
Calcium gluconateCalcium, aluminum or magnesium salts may decrease the concentration of Oxytetracycline. Inform the doctor if you are receiving any calcium supplements or any preparation containing aluminum or magnesium salts. There should be a time gap of at least 2 to 3 hours between these two medications. If necessary, an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
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