This medication is an antibiotic, prescribed for various infections such as acne, dermatitis, gonorrhea, etc.
It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the skin, lung, genitals and bladder. It is also used to treat certain infectious diarrhoea and sexually-transmitted diseases (STD).
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food. It also comes as a cream to apply topically. PO- The recommended dose range is 250 to 1.5gm in divided doses. Topical: Apply a thin layer over the affected skin 4 times per day.
Oxytetracycline may cause diarrhoea, nausea and stomach discomfort. These side effects are usually temporary. If you have diarrhoea, drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost. However, if you have severe diarrhoea or diarrhoea with severe stomach cramps or bloody stools, alert your doctor. - If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction. - Oxytetracycline may also cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid direct or long hours of exposure to the sun and other forms of ultraviolet (UV) light like tanning beds or sun lamps.
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.
Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction (breathlessness, rashes, swollen eyes) to similar antibiotics such as doxycycline, lymecycline, minocycline or tetracycline. - Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while being treated with Oxytetracycline. Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. - Do not give Oxytetracycline to children unless directed by the doctor.
If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Very bad headache. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Do not take Oxytetracycline together with antacids, multivitamins, calcium pills, iron pills or laxatives that contain magnesium. These could reduce the effectiveness of Oxytetracycline. Take Oxytetracycline at least 2 hours before or after these medicines. - Alert your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines: - penicillin antibiotics such as amoxicillin. - rifampicin (a TB medicine). - Inform your doctor if you are taking birth control pills. Oxytetracycline may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. You may wish to discuss additional birth control methods with your doctor or pharmacist. - Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal medicines and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Avoid alcohol. - Do not take Oxytetracycline with dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt or ice-cream. These could reduce the effectiveness of Oxytetracycline. Take Oxytetracycline at least 2 hours before or after you have taken any dairy products.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category D : There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
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