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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Oral contraceptives – oxytetracycline may reduce the effects of
OXYTETRACYCLINE 250 mg
Milk, antacids, calcium or iron preparations may affect the absorption
How much of this medicine should you take?
You should take your medicine as directed by your doctor. The
pharmacist’s label should tell you how much to take and how often. If
THIS LEAFLET PROVIDES A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION it does not or you are not sure ask your doctor or pharmacist.
AVAILABLE ON YOUR MEDICINE; PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY The usual dosages are as follows:
BEFORE YOU START TO TAKE YOUR MEDICINE. IF YOU HAVE ANY
QUESTIONS OR ARE NOT SURE OF ANYTHING ASK YOUR DOCTOR
250 mg four times daily. In cases of severe infection, your
doctor may prescribe a dose of up to 500 mg four times daily.
What is in this medicine?
Children (under 12 years):
Oxytetracycline 250 mg tablets: Yellow, biconvex, film-coated tablets. Each tablet contains oxytetracycline equivalent to 250 mg •
The tablets should be swallowed with a little water.
You should take your medicine on an empty stomach one hour
The tablets also contain the inactive ingredients lactose monohydrate,
You should keep taking your medicine until you have finished the
maize starch, povidone, sodium laurilsulfate, stearic acid and sodium
prescribed course, even if you feel well, as the infection may
starch glycolate. The coating contains hypromellose, titanium dioxide
(E171), hyprolose, propylene glycol, talc, quinoline yellow aluminium
If you stil feel unwel at the end of your prescribed course of
lake (E104) and erythrosine aluminium lake (E127).
treatment, you should contact your doctor.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to
What if you have taken too many tablets?
some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
An occasional unintentional extra dose is unlikely to cause problems. However, if a lot of tablets have been taken you should contact your
doctor or nearest hospital casualty department immediately.
What are Oxytetracycline Tablets?
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, then go
Oxytetracycline Tablets contain the active ingredient oxytetracycline
on as before. DO NOT take two doses within 2 hours of each other.
dihydrate. Oxytetracycline is one of a group of antibiotic medicines
What unwanted effects can this medicine have?
called tetracyclines. Oxytetracycline prevents the production of This medicine may cause unwanted effects in some people. If you
proteins that bacteria need in order to survive and multiply.
Clonmel Healthcare Ltd, Clonmel, Ireland.
Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
What is this medicine for?
STOP taking your medicine and contact your doctor.
Oxytetracycline is used to treat infections such as:
Blood disorders may occur including anaemia, thrombocytopenia
Chest and lung infections (e.g. bronchitis, pneumonia)
(bleeding and bruising easily) and a reduction in the number of white
Other unwanted effects include gastrointestinal upset (loss of appetite,
nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting) and at times with the occurrence of
Patients taking high doses of oxytetracycline who have impaired renal function may experience kidney problems.
Your doctor may prescribe Oxytetracycline Tablets to treat an infection not listed above. You may also have to take additional medicine to
There have been very rare reports of increased pressure in the brain
in infants treated with oxytetracycline.
What do you need to know before taking this medicine?
If you suffer badly or are concerned about anything tel your doctor.
If the answer to any of the following questions is YES, DO NOT
If you experience any of the above or any other unwanted effect not
this medicine without consulting your doctor:
Have you previously suffered an allergic reaction to a medicine
How should you store this medicine?
containing oxytetracycline or to any other tetracycline?
This medicine should not be used after the expiry date stated on the
Are you allergic to any of the other ingredients in this medicine?
pack. Do not store the tablets above 25°C. Keep the container tightly
(See ‘What is in this medicine?’ above.)
closed and store the tablets in the original container. These tablets
Are you pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast
Do you suffer from any kidney or liver disorder?
KEEP ALL MEDICINES OUT OF THE REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN
Has this medicine been prescribed for a child up to 12 years of
REMEMBER: THIS MEDICINE HAS BEEN PRESCRIBED FOR YOU. DO NOT GIVE IT TO ANYBODY ELSE EVEN IF THEIR SYMPTOMS APPEAR
Are you taking any other medicines?
TO BE THE SAME AS YOURS, SINCE IT MAY BE HARMFUL TO THEM.
You should consult your doctor BEFORE taking other medicines including:
Other medicines which may adversely affect the liver e.g. Last revision date: June 2003.
Coumarin anti-coagulants (drugs used to thin the blood) –
oxytetracycline may increase the effects of these drugs
Oxytetracycline interferes with the antibacterial action of penicillins
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