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Sumycin (generically known as tetracycline hydrochloride) is an antibiotic medication used to treat a variety of bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, acne, gonorrhea, and more. It can be used to treat respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and skin infections.
Tetracycline is in a class of medications called tetracycline antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. It prevents bacteria from making certain proteins, which stops them from multiplying and spreading the infection.
Use and Dosage
Tetracycline is a tablet that should be taken by mouth as prescribed by the doctor, usually 2 or 4 times daily. It works best when taken on an empty stomach, either 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. If stomach upset occurs, ask the doctor if the medication can be taken with food. Each dose should be taken with a full glass of water, unless directed otherwise by the doctor. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking the tablet, so do not take it right before bedtime.
If you take any products containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium, such as antacids, quinapril, certain forms of didanosine (chewable/dispersible buffered tablets or pediatric oral solution), vitamins/minerals, sucralfate, dairy products (like milk, yogurt), calcium-enriched juice, bismuth subsalicylate, iron, or zinc, take Tetracycline 2 to 3 hours before or after taking these products. These products can bind with Tetracycline and prevent its full absorption.
The dosage of Tetracycline is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. The dosage for children older than 8 years of age is also based on weight. To ensure the best effect, take Tetracycline at evenly spaced times. It can be helpful to take the medication at the same time(s) every day to remember.
Continue taking Tetracycline until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue growing, which can lead to a relapse of the infection.
Common Side Effects of Sumycin (Tetracycline):
- Skin rash
- Stomach pain or discomfort
Serious Side Effects of Sumycin (Tetracycline):
- Black hairy tongue
- Difficulty swallowing
- Inflammation or ulcer in esophagus
- Low appetite (anorexia)
- Nail problems or discoloration
- Skin inflammation or irritation
- Sore throat
- Sores or swelling in your rectal or genital area
- Stomach upset
- Sun sensitivity
- Swollen tongue
- Teeth staining or thinning
- Trouble swallowing
- Vaginal itching or discharge
- White patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips
Forms and Strength
Sumycin (Tetracycline) is available in the following forms and strength:
- Do not take Sumycin if you are allergic to tetracycline antibiotics or any of the other ingredients in the medication.
- Sumycin may interact with other medications, such as antacids, calcium supplements, or blood thinners. Discuss all current medications and supplements with a healthcare provider before beginning treatment with Sumycin.
- Sumycin should not be taken during pregnancy, as it can harm the developing fetus, and can also harm nursing infants.
- Sumycin can cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, and photosensitivity (increased sensitivity to sunlight). Discuss any potential side effects with a healthcare provider.
- Sumycin may cause tooth discoloration and should not be used in children under 8 years of age unless under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
- Sumycin can make birth control pills less effective, so additional contraceptive measures should be taken while taking Sumycin and for at least one week after discontinuing the medication.
- Sumycin should be taken with a full glass of water and should not be taken with milk or other dairy products, antacids, calcium supplements, or iron supplements as they can interfere with the absorption of the medication.
- Sumycin may cause liver damage and can worsen liver disease. Discuss any pre-existing liver conditions with a healthcare provider before beginning treatment with Sumycin.
- Sumycin may also cause kidney damage and can worsen pre-existing kidney disease. Discuss any pre-existing kidney conditions with a healthcare provider before beginning treatment with Sumycin.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is it okay to stop taking Sumycin if my symptoms improve?
No, complete the full course of treatment prescribed even if symptoms improve.
Can Sumycin be taken with food?
Sumycin should be taken on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after a meal.
How long does it take for Sumycin to work?
The length of time it takes for Sumycin to work depends on the nature and severity of the infection being treated. Complete the full course of treatment as prescribed by a healthcare provider, even if symptoms improve.
Can Sumycin be used to treat viral infections?
No, Sumycin is an antibiotic medication that is only effective in treating bacterial infections. It will not be effective in treating viral infections such as the common cold or flu.
Can Sumycin be given to children?
Sumycin can be given to children aged 8 years and older, as long as it is under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
It's important to purchase Sumycin from verified Canadian pharmacy.