Tetracycline is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body.
This medicine should be taken with a full glass of water. It is generally not recommended to take this drug with dairy products as they may slow down the absorption of the drug in your body. Sometimes the symptoms get better after just a few days of treatment. However, you should take this medicine for as long as your doctor recommended, because improving symptoms do not always mean the infection has been completely treated.
If you are using oral suspension, the bottle containing it should be shaken before measuring a dose. Make sure you use a precise measuring device to take just the amount you were prescribed. Do not use tetracycline past its expiration date as it may damage your kidneys and cause other serious complications. Some common side effects of tetracycline are swelling in your rectal or genital area, vomiting, and mild nausea. Diarrhea, stomach upset, swollen tongue, trouble swallowing, vaginal discharge or vaginal itching, loss of appetite. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are the most typical symptoms in case of an overdose. If you have these symptoms and you have taken more tetracycline than needed seek emergency medical help.