Tetracycline topical Side Effects
For the Consumer
Applies to tetracycline topical: topical application cream, topical application ointment, topical application solution
As well as its needed effects, tetracycline topical may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking tetracycline topical, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:Less common:
- Pain, redness, swelling, or other sign of irritation not present before use of this medicine
Some tetracycline topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:More common:For topical liquid form only
- Dry or scaly skin
- stinging or burning feeling
- Faint yellowing of the skin, especially around hair roots
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to tetracycline topical: ophthalmic ointment, topical ointment, topical solution
Dermatitis has been reported rarely with topical application of tetracycline. One-third of patients may experience a stinging and burning sensation lasting no more than a few minutes. A faint yellowing of the skin has been reported, especially around the hair roots.[Ref]
Tetracycline topical is generally well tolerated. Side effects reported with systemic administered tetracycline such as gastrointestinal complaints, vaginitis, hematologic abnormalities, dental, and skeletal disorders have not been reported and are unlikely to occur with topical administration.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Achromycin (tetracycline)." Lederle Laboratories, Wayne, NJ.
2. Fisher AA "Adverse reactions to topical clindamycin, erythromycin and tetracycline." Cutis 32 (1983): 415,419,424,428
It is possible that some side effects of tetracycline topical may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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