Tetracycline (Class) (Oral Route, Parenteral Route)Drug Information provided by: Micromedex
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Tetracyclines are used to treat infections and to help control acne. Demeclocycline, doxycycline, and minocycline also may be used for other problems as determined by your doctor. Tetracyclines will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.
Tetracyclines are available only with your doctor's prescription.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, tetracyclines are used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:
- Gonococcal arthritis
- Leprosy (for minocycline)
- Lyme disease (for doxycycline and tetracycline)
- Malaria treatment (for doxycycline and tetracycline)
- Nocardiosis (a type of bacterial infection) (for doxycycline and minocycline)
- Ocular rosacea (a type of eye infection) (for doxycycline and tetracycline)
- Pneumothorax (a pocket of air in the space surrounding the lungs) (for doxycycline and tetracycline)
- Rheumatoid arthritis (for minocycline)
- Shigellosis (a type of intestinal infection) (for doxycycline and tetracycline)
- Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) (for demeclocycline)
For patients taking this medicine for SIADH:
- Some doctors may prescribe demeclocycline for certain patients who retain (keep) more body water than usual. Although demeclocycline works like a diuretic (water pill) in these patients, it will not work that way in other patients who may need a diuretic.
This product is available in the following dosage forms:
- Powder for Suspension
- Capsule, Extended Release
- Tablet, Delayed Release
- Capsule, Delayed Release
- Tablet, Extended Release