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Acnecycline

(Tetracycline)

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Kills bacteria and treats acne.

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

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Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.

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  • Effectively treats a wide range of conditions and is used for many different types of infections.
  • Effective for acne.
  • Cheap.
  • Good choice for people on kidney dialysis who need an antibiotic. Tetracycline isn't removed by dialysis, so the dose doesn't need to be changed.
  • For most infections you'll need to take it 4 times a day (or every 6 hours).
  • It needs to be spaced out from food, milk, vitamins, and some medications.
  • Can cause tongue darkening, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Tetracycline makes your skin more sensitive to the sun and ultraviolet light. Wear sunblock and protective clothing, and don't go tanning.
  • Interacts with birth control and makes it less effective. Use a backup form of birth control if you don't want to get pregnant.
  • Not a good choice for children ages 8 and under. Tetracycline can cause permanent staining of teeth in babies and young children.

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Side effects for Acnecycline (Tetracycline)

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Anaphylactoid purpura
  • Anaphylaxix
  • Angioneurotic edema
  • Black hairy tongue
  • Black microscopic discoloration of thyroid glands
  • Destruction of red blood cells
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Discoloration of nails
  • Enamel hypoplasia
  • Eosinophilia
  • Erythrematous rashes
  • Esophageal ulceration
  • Esophagus inflammation
  • Exacerbation of systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Exfoliative dermatitis
  • Fever
  • Hepatotoxicity & liver failure
  • Hives
  • Inflammatory lesions
  • Intestine inflammation
  • Intracranial pressure
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low white blood cells
  • Maculopapular
  • Nausea
  • Onycholysis
  • Pericarditis
  • Permanent teeth discoloration
  • Rash
  • Rise in bun
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Thrombocytopenia purpura
  • Tongue inflammation
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting

What to expect when you take Acnecycline (Tetracycline)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • You might feel better after a few doses, but you'll need to take all the medicine that was prescribed. Not taking all your medicine can cause the bacteria to get stronger and Tetracycline not to work when you need it again in the future.
  • It doesn't fight viral infections, so it won't work for the common cold.
  • Can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Use sunblock or cover up.
  • Take your dose at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals, milk, or multivitamins with minerals.
  • Take your dose with a full glass of water and don't lay down right after taking it to prevent throat irritation.
  • Can cause nausea, vomiting, belly cramping, and diarrhea.

Risks and Warnings for Acnecycline (Tetracycline)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Pregnancy
    • Age younger than 8 years

    Acnecycline (Tetracycline) and similar medicines can affect the growth and development of teeth in the fetus, infant and in children younger than 8 years old. Avoid using if you're pregnant, breast-feeding, or in children less than 8 years of age and ask your doctor about other effective medicine choices.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Acnecycline (Tetracycline)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • It needs to be spaced out from food, milk, vitamins, and some medications.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take your dose at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals, milk, or multivitamins with minerals.
  • Take it when you get up, so it waits an hour before breakfast.
    Taken for: Acne
    Duration taken: Two years or more
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Good choice for people on kidney dialysis who need an antibiotic. Tetracycline isn't removed by dialysis, so the dose doesn't need to be changed.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Acnecycline (Tetracycline) can lower your kidney function causing buildup of substances that should be removed from the body. There's a higher risk if you have current problems with your kidneys. It's also important that you don't take Acnecycline (Tetracycline) past the expiration date on your prescription label. This was more of a problem with older forms of the medicine, which could change and damage your kidneys.
  • Liver injury can happen rarely with Acnecycline (Tetracycline). There's a higher risk if you have kidney disease. Your doctor should check your liver function before starting you on Acnecycline (Tetracycline).