Terramycin is a brand name an oxytetracycline antibiotic.
How It Works
Terramycin belongs to a group of antibiotics known as oxytetracyclines. These drugs are called broad-spectrum tetracycline antibiotics. Terramycin can penetrate bacterial cells and stop the bacteria from producing and synthesizing essential proteins. Without these proteins, the bacteria cannot reproduce and multiply. Terramycin thus prevents the spread of a bacterial infection. The remaining bacteria eventually die, or are killed by the immune system.
Terramycin is not effective against all strains of bacteria. A medical professional may test the infecting bacterial cells to check if the strain is vulnerable to Terramycin. If it is, then treatment will commence.
Terramycin cannot treat infections that are not bacterial in nature. This antibiotic should be not used to treat viral or fungal infections.
Terramycin is known as a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning the drug is effective against a number of different types of bacteria. This antibiotic is most commonly prescribed to treat psittacosis infections in the chest, trachoma infections in the eye, and urethritis in the urinary tract. Pneumonia caused by mycoplasma organisms are also sometimes treated with Terramycin.
Terramycin may be prescribed to clear by severe acne, caused by bacteria on the surface of the skin penetrating the pores. Terramycin can also be used to control chronic bronchitis caused by Haemophilus influenza bacteria.
Terramycin is occasionally prescribed to treat rare infections like Q fever caused by rickettsiae microorganisms.
The recommended dosage of Terramycin will vary depending on the bacterial infection being treated. Your doctor will prescribe you the appropriate amount of Terramycin that will best treat your condition.
Adults are usually prescribed one or two grams of Terramycin per day. The dosage is separated into four, evenly spaced intervals.
Take Terramycin exactly as your doctor prescribed. Read the patient information leaflet provided with the packaging for detailed information regarding proper use.
Take Terramycin tablets by the mouth with a glass of water if needed. As your doctor if it’s okay to take your dose with food.
Do not crush or chew Terramycin tablets. Only split tablets with score lines.
Terramycin may cause one or several of the side effects listed below:
Difficulty with swallowing
Inflammation of portions of the digestive system
Rashes on the skin
Sensitivity to light
Increased urea nitrogen in blood
Seek medical care if any of the above side effects worsen over time or persist for more than 5 days.
Do not take Terramycin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug. You can find them listed on the packaging.
Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or are planning to get pregnant soon are advised against using Terramycin. It is known to have harmful effects on babies and unborn fetuses.
If you have suffered from kidney problems in the past, you may need to take Terramycin in lower than average doses.
If Terramycin causes vomiting or diarrhea, drink plenty of liquids to stay well hydrated until the side effects disappear.
Take Terramycin the same time each day to avoid skipping doses.