Tetracycline treats several types of bacterial infections. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight while taking tetracycline as it causes increased sensitivity to the sun.

Tetracycline Overview

Reviewed: October 15, 2013

Tetracycline is a prescription medication used to treat various bacterial infections. Tetracycline belongs to a group of drugs called tetracyline antibiotics, which help to stop the growth of bacteria in the body.

This medication comes in capsule form and is typically taken 2 or 4 times a day with or without [non-dairy] food.

Common side effects of tetracycline include loss of appetite, nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea.

How was your experience with Tetracycline?

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What are you taking Tetracycline for?

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  • Other
  • Acne Vulgaris
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Chlamydia Infections
  • Eye Infections, Bacterial
  • Gonorrhea
  • Gram-positive Bacterial Infections
  • Helicobacter Infections
  • Mycoplasma Infections
  • Protozoan Infections
  • Rickettsia Infections
  • Syphilis

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  • Less than a week
  • A couple weeks
  • A month or so
  • A few months
  • A year or so
  • Two years or more

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Tetracycline Cautionary Labels


Uses of Tetracycline

Tetracycline is a prescription medication used to treat various bacterial infections.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tetracycline Brand Names

Tetracycline may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Tetracycline Drug Class

Tetracycline is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Tetracycline

Serious side effects have been reported with tetracycline. See the “Drug Precautions” section.

Common side effects of tetracycline include:

  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

This is not a complete list of tetracycline side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.