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Oxytetracycline is a broad-spectrum tetracycline antibiotic medicine with an antibacterial action, that is used in the treatment of acne.


What is Oxytetracycline?

Oxytetracycline is part of a group of medications called the tetracycline antibiotics, which are catered to treat bacterial infections. As a broad-spectrum antibiotic, Oxytetracycline targets susceptible microorganisms such as rickettsiae, protozoans, mycoplasmata, gram positive or gram negative bacteria and chlamydiae. It is used to treat most types of infections, including most types of bites and sexually transmitted infections. Some doctors also prescribe this medicine for long-term skin conditions, including rosacea and acne.

Oxytetracycline is the second antibiotic in the broad-spectrum classification of tetracycline to be discovered.  


What is the history of Tetracyclines? 

This classification of medicines was first discovered in the 1940s. They were first obtained from the Streptomyces bacteria. It works by restricting protein synthesis in the microbial RNA, which refers to an important molecule that passes on messages for DNA. It doesn’t necessarily kill the bacteria in the system but it does prevent them from growing and multiplying to the point that the body’s defenses can easily overwhelm them soon. 

Tetracyclines can be found in veterinary and human medicines as a way to treat and prevent the following:

  • Malaria
  • Acne
  • Rosacea 
  • Anthrax 
  • Eye infections 
  • Gastrointestinal tract infections
  • Genitourinary tract infections
  • Gum infections
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Skin infections 
  • Infections caused by ticks, lice and mites 
  • Sexually transmitted infections 

However, some infections are more difficult to treat nowadays because of bacterial resistance has increased and strengthened over time. This is why it’s important to start culture and susceptibility treatment. What this treatment does is it ensures that safety and health of an individual by first finding germs and checking to see what type of medicine is best to treat the illness or infection caused by the germs. 


How does Oxytetracycline work?

Since Oxytetracycline treats many bacterial infections as an antibiotic, it targets the bacteria found in the body. All tetracyclines are designed to work the same way, which is to block out the bacteria’s ability to grow and multiply. The microbial RNA is in charge of passing messages to the DNA. Once this important molecule has been restricted of its photo synthesis, the bacteria is unable to grow to its full potential. Because their numbers are severely limited, the body’s system is able to overwhelm it. 


What should you know before taking Oxytetracycline?

There are certain precautions you need to know before taking Oxytetracycline. This medicine isn’t suitable for everybody. Extra care must be taken each time you start new treatment or medication. In the case of Oxytetracycline, here are the list of things you should know: 

  • This medicine isn’t suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • This medicine isn’t recommended for children under 12 years old. 
  • This medicine shouldn’t be taken by people who have kidney problems. 
  • This medicine can worsen certain muscle conditions, such as systemic lupus erythematosus or any condition that can cause muscle weakness. 
  • This medicine shouldn’t be taken by people with an inherited blood disorder called porphyria.
  • This medicine can cause allergic reactions to certain people. 


How do you take Oxytetracycline?

Oxytetracycline should be taken with precaution and care. When you receive your medication, make sure to first check out the manufacturer’s printed information leaflet inside the package. Important information regarding Oxytetracycline is printed there, such as the side-effects that you may experience during the entire duration you’re taking it.  

Your doctor will give you strict instructions on how to take this medication. Make sure to follow the instructions thoroughly and carefully. When you’re afflicted with an infection, it is usually recommended to take one to two tablets every six hours. If you’re taking Oxytetracycline for rosacea or acne, then you’re usually instructed to take two tablets twice a day. The dosage depends entirely on what you’re using this medication for so it’s important to inform your doctor or pharmacist regarding any current or past health issues that you’ve experienced. 

Treatment involving Oxytetracycline usually lasts for a week. Some infections or conditions, such as acne or rosacea, can typically last for several months. Patients are also instructed not take other over-the-counter medication as the effects might interfere with the Oxytetracycline. Specific remedies that aren’t recommended include iron supplements, indigestion remedies or other supplements that have zinc or magnesium. But if you must take other drugs, then you should wait at least two hours before or after taking Oxytetracycline. 

Accordingly, dairy products have been reported to have a direct effect on Oxytetracycline. So, the entire time you’re taking this medicine, you should avoid consuming any dairy product. It’s also important not to drink any tablets right before you go to bed. 


What are the benefits of taking Oxytetracycline?

All medicines have benefits, especially if they’re designed to target a specific illness or condition. When it comes to Oxytetracycline, patients taking this medication can be treated regarding any infection that they’ve contracted. It can treat skin conditions such as acne or even more serious ones such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. 

People afflicted with acne can feel embarrassed or self-conscious about their appearance but with Oxytetracycline, this can gradually fade in time. Sometimes, doctors will prescribe this medicine to patients who are suffering from clostridial wound infections, spirochaetal infections and people who are sensitive to pencillin. However, despite its benefits, many people are opting to use Doxycycline thanks to its improved pharmacologic features. 


What are the side-effects of taking Oxytetracycline? 

There are certain side-effects that will happen to a patient when they’re taking any type of tetracyclines. Before taking this medication, it’s important to know what’s ahead of you during the treatment. Here are the most common side-effects that have been reported by people: 

  • Headaches
  • Photosensitivity reactions 
  • Skin rashes 
  • Itching
  • Thrush
  • Discoloration or pigmentation of the skin 
  • Gastrointestinal effects which includes vomiting, stomach cramps, loss of appetite, acid reflux, nausea and diarrhea
  • Laboratory values such as blood urea nitrogen are increased, especially people afflicted with impaired renal function 
  • Sore mouth or tongue 
  • Vaginal discharge or itching 


Where can you purchase Oxytetracycline? 

Oxytetracycline is a prescription-only medication, which means that you can’t buy it from any local pharmacy or supermarket without presenting a prescription. It’s important to follow the instructions that have been given to you by the pharmacist or the doctor. Some people would want an online option, especially since the pandemic has been restricting people from leaving their house. In this case, virtual pharmacies offer this medicine, along with shipping fees. But you also need to present a prescription, even if you’re buying Oxytetracycline from online means. You can book an online consultation with a doctor if it’s still not safe to leave the house and book an appointment with the nearest clinic.

Please note: this page is only to be used as a reference of our price for this medication. If you are approved for Chronic Conditions medication, you will be offered treatment for you and the prescriber to jointly consider. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber's.
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