Ensuring Your Safety With Tetracycline

Side Effects of Tetracycline

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with tetracycline. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. If people do develop side effects, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by your healthcare provider.
 
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
 
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin reactions to sunlight (photosensitivity)
  • Upset stomach (dyspepsia)
  • Unexplained rash
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Itchy skin.
     
Serious side effects are less common.
 
(Click Tetracycline Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that should be reported to your healthcare provider.)
 

Drug Interactions

Tetracycline can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Tetracycline Drug Interactions for more information).
 

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Tetracycline?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this drug if you:
 
  • Have liver disease or failure
  • Have kidney disease or failure
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have any allergies to medications
  • Will be having any surgery.
     
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you may be currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, oral contraceptives, blood-thinners, antacids, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Tetracycline Precautions and Warnings to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 
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