Tetracycline hydrochloride (Rx)
This drug is an antibiotic that fights certain bacterial infections. Tetracycline is available in the form of tablets, capsules, and as a liquid.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- A broad spectrum antibiotic
- Given by mouth
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To treat susceptible bacterial infections and many diseases that are carried by ticks.
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Animals with liver or kidney disease
- Animals that are pediatric
- Animals that may be pregnant or nursing
- Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this drug should not take this medication
Read and follow the prescription label carefully.
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed.
This medication should be given on an empty stomach.
Do not give this medication with any dairy foods such as milk, cheese or yogurt as the calcium prevents absorption of the medication into the body.
Give this medication for as long as your veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian.
Dose adjustments may be made based upon an assessment of how your dog or cat is responding clinically.
If giving a tablet or a pill, make sure that your pets swallows some water after taking this medication as it can cause irritation to the esophagus.
Call ahead for refills.
Ideally, give medication at the same time(s) daily.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Tetracycline hydrochloride, unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer, should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- This medication can affect the gastrointestinal system causing decreased appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea
- This medication if not swallowed properly can cause damage to the esophagus
- This medication can affect bone growth in young, growing animals
- This medication can stain and discolor the teeth in young, growing animals
- This medication can increase the sensitivity of your pets skin to sunlight causing blisters and pustules
- This medication when given orally to cats can sometimes cause fever, hair loss, and depression
- If these symptoms persist or you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur when giving tetracycline hydrochloride in conjunction with: aminoglycosides, antacids (ex. cimetidine, ranitidine), bismuth subsalicylate, cephalosporins, digoxin, insulin, kaolin, penicillins, theophylline, warfarin, and certain supplements containing iron
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with tetracycline hydrochloride
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When your pet will need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
Tell your veterinarian about:
- If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet's medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, tetracycline hydrochloride should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about tetracycline hydrochloride. If you have any questions or concerns about tetracycline hydrochloride or the condition it was prescribed for, please contact your veterinarian.
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