Taking this medication while pregnant could cause permanent teeth discoloration to the baby later in life. Tetracycline is transferred in the milk during breastfeeding, so you should talk to your doctor if you are breastfeeding before taking this medicine. Tetracycline can also affect the effectiveness of birth control pills. While taking this medication, it is strongly recommended to use secondary birth control methods.
Do not give Tetracycline to children 8 years old or younger as it may cause permanent teeth discoloration and affects children’s growth.
While on Tetracycline, avoid exposure to sunlight and UV rays (such as in tanning beds), as the medicine can make your skin more prone to sunburns. If you must be exposed to sunlight, be sure to use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF level of 20. Also, use protective clothing.
If you are taking any multivitamins, iron supplements, calcium, laxatives or antacids, wait for at least 2 hours before or after taking Tetracycline.
DO NOT use expired Tetracycline as it may cause serious damage to the kidneys. If it has passed its expiration date, discard.
DO NOT take Tetracycline if you are allergic to it or to similar antibiotics including demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), or minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin).
Before taking Tetracycline, inform your doctor if you have kidney or liver conditions. If you are taking Tetracycline to treat gonorrhea, it is possible your doctor will also test you for syphilis.