What is Tetracycline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Tetracycline is an antibiotic used in the treatment of susceptible bacterial infections of both gram-positive and gram-negative organisms.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Acne 15 7
Hidradenitis suppurativa 5 3
Acne breakout 4 1
Lyme disease 3 1
Bacterial overgrowth syndrome 2 2

Show all 16 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
2
Moderate
3
Mild
4
None
10

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tetracycline

Side effect Patients
Nausea 3
Fatigue 2
Abdominal pain 1
Acid reflux 1
Anorexia (appetite loss) 1
Bowel irritability 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tetracycline

Dosage Patients
500 mg daily 2
1,000 mg daily 1
500 mg three times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Tetracycline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 14
Did not seem to work 5
Side effects too severe 5
Doctor's advice 2
Other 2
See all 24 patients who've stopped taking Tetracycline

Duration

Currently taking Tetracycline

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Tetracycline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 2
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 13
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 9
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tetracycline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clarithromycin (Biaxin) 1
Dapsone topical 1
Metronidazole (Flagyl) 1

Patients stopped taking Tetracycline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cefixime (Suprax) 1
Clarithromycin (Biaxin) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Tetracycline

Dec 29, 2011 (Started Jun 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for perioral dermatitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Took this antibiotic for about 2 years. Did not work to relieve perioral dermatitis.

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Jul 1, 2011 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hidradenitis suppurativa)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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