Information about Oxytetracycline

    Oxytetracycline uses

    Oxytetracycline is used in the treatment of bacterial infections.

    How oxytetracycline works

    Oxytetracycline is an antibiotic. It stops bacterial growth by inhibiting synthesis of essential proteins, which are required by bacteria to carry out vital functions.

    Common side effects of oxytetracycline

    Rash, Nausea, Photosensitivity, Vomiting, Loss of appetite, Haemolytic anemia, Diarrhoea, Urticaria

    Available Medicine for Oxytetracycline

    Expert advice for Oxytetracycline

    • Always take oxytetracycline 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals as food and some dairy products may interfere with drug absorption.
    • If you are taking oxytetracycline for long-term, you may need periodic laboratory evaluation of organ systems such as blood tests, kidney and liver function tests. 
    • Exercise caution if you are an elderly patient or have renal or hepatic impairment, myasthenia gravis (abnormal, progressive weakness of muscles), and systemic lupus erythematosus (auto immune disease in which immune system attacks its own organs)

    Frequently asked questions for Oxytetracycline


    Q. Is oxytetracycline is same as tetracycline?
    No, both the drugs are different
    Q. Can I take oxytetracycline for cystitis/tonsillitis/gum infection?
    Oxytetracycline can be taken for cystitis and gum infection but not in case of tonsillitis. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use
    Q. Does oxytetracycline cause weight gain?
    No, it doesn't cause weight gain. However, consult your doctor if you experience such side effect
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    Q. Does oxytetracycline affect the contraceptive implant?
    No, oxytetracycline doesn't affect contraceptive implants.

    Content on this page was last updated on 01 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)