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Prescribing Information for Sumycin (Tetracycline):
What Is Sumycin (Tetracycline)?
Tetracycline is belongs to the antibiotic drug classification as these drugs are designed to fight off bacterial infections. Tetracycline is prescribed to treat many different bacterial infections, such as UTI (urinary tract infections), especially sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Pneumonia and some respiratory infections are also treated with Tetracycline, as well as gastric ulcers caused by the bacteria H. pylori. Lyme Disease is also another case wherein Tetracycline is considered the drug of choice. The drug is also used in preventing the progression of asthma in suspected individuals who may have inhaled or been exposed to the bacteria.
Apart from these bacterial infections, there are also other diseases wherein Tetracycline is used for treatment. It is important to remember that this drug will not work for colds and cough, because these are caused by viruses not bacteria.
What is the most important information I should know about Sumycin (Tetracycline)?
This drug is not to be taken when you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant as it is teratogenic, thus it could cause harm to the unborn baby, including permanent discoloration of the teeth later in life. Tetracycline can also lessen the effect of birth control pills that is why it is important to make use of another form of birth control procedure when taking Sumycin in order to avoid pregnancy. Also this drug is contrainidicated for nursing mothers because this drug passes into the breastmilk and is passively taken in by the feeding child. When passed into the infant, it may pose adverse effects to an infant\'s musculoskeletal system as well as tooth development.
This drug is also not recommended for children eight years old and below because it can cause permanent discoloration or graying of the teeth as well as affect his or her growth. Do not give tetracycline to a child younger than 8 years old.
Also, tetracycline can make our skin more sensitive to heat so it is a must to avoid sunlight and tanning beds. Using a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 is recommended as well as wearing additional protective clothing outside the sun. Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours before or after taking tetracycline. These products can make tetracycline less effective.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Sumycin (Tetracycline)?
Avoid the use of this medication if you are allergic to Sumycin (Tetracycline), or to similar medicines such as demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), or minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin). Before engaging in a treatment regimen with Sumycin (Tetracycline), be sure to inform your physician if you have had or currently have a kidney or liver disease. You may not be able to take Sumycin (Tetracycline) thus will have to be prescribed another drug, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during therapy to make sure your blood levels and other laboratory diagnostics are on the safe level.
If you have gonorrhea and are being treated with Tetracycline, your physician might order some diagnostics to confirm that you do not have syphilis, as well, another sexually transmitted infection.
Sumycin (Tetracycline) belongs to the Pregnancy Category D which means that this medication can cause harm to an unborn baby, including permanent discoloration of the teeth later in life. Never try to use tetracycline without your doctor\'s consent if you are pregnant because it may cause abnormalities and defects in an unborn child which may progress throughout his or her lifetime. Also, do not take this drug when breastfeeding as this drug may be passed on through the breastmilk and may lead to yelllowish or grayish discoloration of the teeth as well as bone development problems. Children below eight years old should not be given this drug as well for the same reasons.
How should I take Sumycin (Tetracycline)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
It is important to take tetracycline with one full glass of water (eight ounce) to make sure it doesn\'t stain your teeth. Also, this drug should be taken on an empty stomach preferably one hour before or 2 hours after meals. Taking this drug with dairy products might slow down the absorption of the drug so it is good to consult with your physician especially if you are on a lacto-ovo diet.
If you are taking the oral suspension type of Sumycin (Tetracycline), you have to make sure you shake the bottle thoroughly before pouring it onto the dosage cup or measuring cup. Never use a spoon when measuring the liquid suspension as measuring cups are more accurate. Taking this medication for the entire length of the prescribed period is vital because it treats the infection better and in a more efficient manner. As this drug is an antibiotic, it is not expected to cure viral infections.
Also, if you have to undergo a certain type of surgery, inform your physician because you might need to stop taking this drug several weeks prior to the surgery.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, disregard the missed dose and take the next dose of drug. Do not take two drugs to compensate for the other missed dose as it may cause overdosage of the drug.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is important to contact the physician and the Poison Control Hotline for immediate assistance.
Sumycin (Tetracycline) side effects.
If any of these signs and symptoms shows up, make sure you contact emergency services or bring the person to the hospital immediately as these are signs of allergic reaction to the drug- Hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.Stop using tetracycline and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- severe headache, dizziness, blurred vision;
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
- severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
- urinating less than usual or not at all;
- pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
- severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate;
- loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness.
- sores or swelling in your rectal or genital area;
- mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach upset;
- white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
- swollen tongue, trouble swallowing; or
- vaginal itching or discharge.
These and other unlisted sid effects may also occur so be sure to be careful and observant of these things and be quick to report these to your physician.
What should I avoid while taking Sumycin (Tetracycline)?
Always remember that Antibiotics, of any kind, may cause GI upset such as diarrhea, which may also indicate another sign of infection. If your stool bcomes watery or has streaks of blood in it, it is best to confide with your physician. Never use another anti-diarrhea medicine to stop this occurence unless your physician has prescribed you with something.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays as Sumycin (Tetracycline) can make your skin more sensitive to the sunlight and may cause our skin to burn. Use a sun screen with at least an SPF 15 and wear additional clothing to avoid sun exposure. Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours before or after taking Sumycin (Tetracycline).
What other drugs will affect Sumycin (Tetracycline)?Prior to taking Sumycin (Tetracycline), be sure to inform your doctor if you are currently taking:
- anti-cholesterol drugs that contain cholestyramine such as Prevalite and Questran) or colestipol (Colestid).
- Isotretinoin (Accutane), a drug used to treat acne.
- Tretinoin (a drug rich in vitamin A)
- Antacids (used to treat hyperacidity and heartburn) such as Maalox, Milk of Magnesia.
- any product that contains Bismuth subsalicylate such as Pepto-Bismol.
- vitamin minerals and supplements which may contain iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium.
- an anticoagulant drug such as Warfarin
- an antibiotic that contains Penicillin like Amoxicillin, Dicloxacillin, Carbenicillin and Oxacillin.
These drugs as well as other drugs not listed may affect your taking Sumycin (Tetracycline) either positively or negatively so it is best to disclose all information to your physician. Also, remember even herbal products, vitamins and maintenance supplements may affect how this drug will perform inside your body.
Where can I get more information about Sumycin (Tetracycline)?
As always, it is best to consult your Physician or Pharmacist for more information about this drug. These people can provide you accurate and legitimate information with regards to all aspects of the drug, whether it be taking the drug, its side effects and adverse effects, alternatives to taking the drug and the like.
Sumycin is a helpful drug especially in treating bacterial infections especially sexually transmitted infections. But just like all other drugs, Sumycin (Tetracycline), too has its limitations which we have to be careful of. Being cautious and at the same time conscious will eventually lead to recovery from the conditions that we are being treated for.