Tetracycline

Prescription Drugs   Non-Prescription Drugs

Tetracyclines are medicines that kill certain infection-causing micro-organisms.


Purpose

Tetracyclines are called "Broad-spectrum" Antibiotics, because they can be used to treat a wide variety of infections. Physicians may prescribe these drugs to treat eye infections, pneumonia, Gonorrhea, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, urinary tract infections, and other infections caused by bacteria. The medicine is also used to treat acne. The Tetracyclines will not work for colds, flu, and other infections caused by viruses.


Description

Tetracyclines are available only with a physician's prescription. They are sold in capsule, tablet, liquid, and injectable forms. Some commonly used medicines in this group are Tetracycline (Achromycin V, Sumycin) and Doxycycline (Doryx, Vibramycin).