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What Is Tetracycline?

Tetracycline is an antibiotic medication that can be used to treat a range of infections caused by bacteria. It belongs to a class of antibiotics called tetracyclines, which also includes antibiotics such as doxycycline and minocycline.

Tetracycline is considered a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning it can effectively treat a range of different bacterial infections.

It is available under several brand names, the most recognized and available in the U.S. include: Sumycin, Panmycin, Tetracap, and Tetracon

Tetracycline comes in a variety of forms, including capsules and tablets, topical solutions or ointments, and oral suspension.

What Is Tetracycline Used For?

As a broad-spectrum antibiotic, Tetracycline is used to treat infections caused by a wide range of bacteria. Most commonly it is prescribed to treat respiratory infections, acne, and some STIs.

Common bacterial infections that can be treated with Tetracycline include:

  • Acne
  • Skin infections
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Lower respiratory tract infections
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

The above list is not exhaustive, and other infections may also be treated with Tetracycline.

How Does Tetracycline Work?

Tetracycline works by inhibiting bacterial proteins, which are essential for the growth and survival of bacteria. Every living cell needs proteins to function. Inside bacterial cells, tiny structures called ribosomes build these proteins. Tetracycline binds to these ribosomes, preventing them from assembling the proteins correctly.

This causes the bacteria to become unable to reproduce and grow, which in turn leads to their death. Allowing the body’s immune system to more easily clear the infection.

What Are the Side Effects of Tetracycline?

The most common side effects of Tetracycline include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash or itching
  • Sore or irritated throat
  • Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight

These side effects are generally mild and quite common but if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away with time, it is important to contact a healthcare professional.

More serious side effects may include:

  • Severe headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Signs of allergic reaction, including hives and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Bloody stool

If any of these side effects occur, it is important to contact a healthcare professional. If you experience any trouble breathing or chest pain seek medical attention immediately.

How to Take Tetracycline?

As with all prescription medications, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions on how and when to take the drug.

The dosage will depend on the type and severity of the infection being treated.

When taken orally, it can be taken with both meals and without food, but if taken with food it can help reduce the risk of stomach upset.

Tetracycline should generally be taken for the duration prescribed by a doctor. If symptoms do not improve within a few days or worsen, contact your doctor as soon as possible. And always finish the entire course of antibiotics, even if you start to feel better. Stopping early can lead to antibiotic resistance or recurrence of the infection.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tetracycline

Do You Need a Prescription for Tetracycline?

Yes, you must have a valid prescription from a licensed doctor in order to purchase Tetracycline. As it is an antibiotic, these types of medications are regulated by the United States government and require a prescription in order to purchase them.

How Quickly Does Tetracycline Work?

The speed of Tetracycline’s effectiveness depends on a variety of factors such as the type and severity of the infection, the dosage, and the individual’s health and age.

In general, Tetracycline begins to take effect within a few days. However, it may take several days or even weeks for symptoms to fully resolve. It is important to follow your healthcare professional’s instructions when taking any prescription medication and always finish the entire course of antibiotics, even if you start to feel better.

Is Tetracycline Stronger Than Doxycycline?

As the two are very similar antibiotics, there is no clear answer to this question. Both medications may be used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections, however, they may have different efficacy for different types of infection.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional when determining the appropriate medication and dosage for your particular condition.

Is Tetracycline Safe?

Tetracycline, like any other medication, has potential side effects and should be taken as directed by a healthcare professional.

It is important to follow the instructions of your doctor or pharmacist regarding the dosage and frequency of taking Tetracycline and seek medical advice if you experience any serious or concerning side effects.

What to Avoid While Taking Tetracycline?

There are several things you should avoid or be cautious about when taking Tetracycline such as:

  • Dairy Products
  • Antacids
  • Iron Supplements
  • Excessive Sunlight
  • Alcohol

For a full list of potential drugs, food, or activities to avoid when taking Tetracycline, it is important to consult with a doctor or pharmacist.


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Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.

    Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.

  • There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

  • With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
    • If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
    • Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.

    DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.

    For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.

  • With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.

  • Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.

    DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

    DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.

    In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.

    DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.