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Generical name: tetracycline TET-tra-SYE-kleen TET-tra SYE-kleen [ TET-tra-SYE-kleen
Brand names: Ala Tet, Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap, and Tetracon
The class of drugs: tetracyclines

The brand name Sumycin is no longer available in the U.S. If the generic versions of this drug are approved by the FDA, there may be substitutes that are similar to Sumycin available.

What is Sumycin?

Sumycin can be described as an antibiotic that combats infections caused by bacteria. Sumycin is a treatment for various bacterial infections that affect the intestines, skin, urinary tract, genitals, lymph nodes, and various body systems. Sumycin is frequently used to treat severe acne or sexually transmitted illnesses like syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. The medicine can also be used to treat infections that may be contracted from contact with infected animals or food items that are contaminated. In certain situations, sumycin is used when penicillin or other antibiotics cannot be utilized to treat serious infections like anthrax, Listeria, Clostridium, Actinomyces, and others. Sumycin can also be used for reasons not mentioned in this guideline.

Side effects of Sumycin

Contact a medical professional immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, like hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and throat.

Sumycin can cause severe adverse effects. Consult your physician immediately in the event of:

  • Severe peeling, blistering, and a red skin rash;
  • Fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • Pale or yellowed skin, bleeding or bruising easily;
  • Any indication of a recent indication of a new

Common adverse consequences of sumycin can include:

  • Vomiting, diarrhea, an upset stomach, and a loss of appetite.
  • White patches of sores or white spots in the mouth or around your lips.
  • Tongue swelling, tongue that's black or hairy,"  trouble swallowing;
  • Swelling or sores in the rectal area or in your genital area
  • Vaginal irritation or loss of discharge

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other side effects could occur. Contact your doctor to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Children who are younger than 8 years old shouldn't be taking Sumycin.

Utilizing sumycin during pregnancy may affect the unborn baby as well as cause permanent discoloration of the teeth after the baby's life.

Before taking this medication, you must consult your physician.

It is not recommended to use Sumycin if you are allergic to it or other similar medications like demeclocycline, doxycycline, minocycline, or tigcycline.

To make sure that Sumycin is not harmful to you, inform your doctor if you are suffering from:

  • Liver disease or
  • Kidney disease.

If you're using Sumycin in order to manage gonorrhea, your doctor could examine you to ensure you're not suffering from syphilis, a different sexually transmitted illness.

The use of this medication during pregnancy could impact the development of bones and teeth in the baby who is not yet born. Taking sumycin during the final two weeks of pregnancy could result in permanent discoloration of the baby's teeth later in life. Consult your physician if you are pregnant or are pregnant while taking Sumycin. Sumycin could make the birth control pill less effective. Consult your physician about an alternative to hormonal birth control (condom diaphragm, diaphragm containing diaphragm, spermicide) to stop pregnancy. Tetracycline is a drug that can be found in the breast milk of a nursing infant and can alter the growth of bones and teeth during nursing. Do not breastfeed while taking tetracycline. Children who are younger than 8 years of age should not use sumycin. The medicine may cause permanent dental discoloration and affect the growth of a child.

What is sumycin?

Follow the directions on the label of your prescription. Don't take this medication in smaller or larger doses or for longer than the recommended time. Consume Sumycin with a full stomach at least an hour prior to or two hours after eating. Don't consume Sumycin along with milk or any other dairy products unless your doctor has instructed you to. Food products that contain dairy can make it more difficult for the body to absorb medication. The oral suspension (liquid) should be shaken well prior to measuring the dosage. You can measure the liquid medicine using the dosing syringe that comes with it or use a measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you don't own an instrument to measure doses, request one from your pharmacist. If you are in need of surgery, inform the surgeon in advance that you're taking Sumycin. If you take this medication over a long period of time, you could require regular medical examinations.

Take this medication for the entire prescribed duration. The symptoms could improve prior to the infection being completely gone. Avoiding doses could increase your risk of developing new infections that are resistant to treatment. Sumycin does not treat viral diseases like the flu or the commonly occurring cold. Do not share this medication with anyone else, even if they share similar symptoms to yours.

Place this medication in a safe place in a room at a temperature that is free of heat and moisture. Get rid of any Sumycin that is not used after its time limit in the prescription is over. The use of expired Sumycin can cause kidney damage.

What happens If I miss a dose?

Do the dose you missed as soon as you can remember. Avoid any missed doses if it's close to the time of the next dose. Don't take any extra medication to make up for the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency medical attention or contact the Poison Help line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

At least two hours prior to or two hours after taking Sumycin, avoid vitamin supplements with iron, such as multivitamins, calcium supplementation, antacids, and the use of laxatives. Diarrhea can be caused by antibiotics, which could be a sign of a new infection. If you experience diarrhea that is bloody or watery, contact your doctor. Don't take anti-diarrhea medication unless you are advised to do so by your physician.

Avoid exposure to the sun as well as tanning beds. Sumycin could cause the skin to burn more quickly. Be sure to wear protective attire and apply sunblock (SPF 30 or greater) whenever you're outside.

Interaction with other drugs

Discuss with your physician all your medications currently in use and all you are about to start or stop using, in particular:

  • Any other antibiotics;
  • Isotretinoin (Accutane);
  • Tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A, and Vesanoid);
  • A bleeding thinner (Warfarin, Coumadin, or Jantoven);
  • Laxative or an antacid: an antacid or laxative medicine
  • A mineral or vitamin supplement that is made up of the elements iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, or iron

This list isn't complete. Other medications may be incompatible with tetracycline, such as medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal products. There are many possible interactions that are not included in this guideline for medication.






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