ECONOMYCIN 250 MG FILM-COATED TABLETS
Active substance(s): TETRACYCLINE HYDROCHLORIDE
Economycin 250 mg
148 x 297 mm
Final Preparation Date For Submission: 21/10/2015
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ECONOMYCIN 250 mg
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor
- This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do
not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their symptoms are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
THIS LEAFLET CONTAINS
1. What Economycin is for
2. Before you take Economycin
3. How to take Economycin
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Economycin
6. Further information
1. WHAT ECONOMYCIN IS FOR
The name of your medicine is Economycin and it
contains the active ingredient tetracycline
Economycin belongs to a group of medicines called
tetracycline antibiotics. It is also known as a
broad-spectrum antibiotic and may be used to treat a
wide range of infections caused by bacteria and fungal
organisms, these include:
respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia,
bronchitis or whooping cough
urinary tract infections
sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia,
gonorrhoea or syphilis
skin and soft tissue infections such as acne or
infections of the eye such as conjunctivitis
rickettsial infections such as Q-fever or tick fever
(severe headache, rash, high fever)
other infections such as brucellosis (headache,
sickness, fever, swollen lymph nodes), psittacosis
(headache, nose bleeds, shivering, fever), plague
(painful swelling of lymph nodes), cholera,
gas-gangrene, tetanus and leptospirosis (fever
causing jaundice or meningitis).
If you are not sure why you have been prescribed these
tablets then please ask your doctor.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE ECONOMYCIN
Do not take Economycin and tell your doctor if you:
are allergic to tetracycline, other similar antibiotics
(such as minocycline or doxycycline) or any other
ingredients in Economycin tablets (listed in section 6)
have severe kidney or liver problems
have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a
condition characterised by a rash (especially on the
face), hair loss, fever, a feeling of general
discomfort or illness and joint pain
have porphyria (a genetic disorder of the blood)
are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or are
breast-feeding. (see ‘pregnancy and
are taking retinoids (see also 'other medicines and
Do not give this medicine to children under 12 years
Warnings and Precautions
Tell your doctor before you take this medicine if you:
suffer from myasthenia gravis, a condition
characterised by muscle weakness, difficulty
chewing and swallowing and slurred speech
have kidney or liver diseases
are sensitive to sunlight or artificial light (e.g.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk
to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this
Other medicines and Economycin
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or
have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription. The
following are some of the drugs with which economycin
tablets may interact:
penicillins such as phenoxymethylpenicillin (to treat
retinoids (to treat acne such as acitretin, isotretinoin
or tretinoin) may cause serious problems such as
abnormally high pressure around brain (benign
intracranial hypertension) on concurrent use
oral contraceptives (the pill). Economycin tablets
may make the oral contraceptive pill less effective.
You should use additional contraceptive precautions
whilst taking Economycin and for 7 days after
medicines to thin the blood and stop blood clots
forming (anticoagulants) such as phenindione or
medicines to increase urine production, diuretics
(water tablets such as furosemide or spironolactone)
medicines to treat diabetes, such as insulin,
gliclazide or tolbutamide
medicines to control diarrhoea, such as
kaolin-pectin or bismuth subsalicylate
lithium (to treat bipolar disorder, depression)
methoxyflurane (an anaesthetic), if you need an
operation, tell your doctor or dentist you are taking
atovaquone (to treat pneumonia)
antacids or other medicines containing aluminium,
calcium, iron, magnesium, bismuth or zinc salts. Do
not take at the same time as Economycin tablets, as
absorption of Economycin may be reduced
sucralfate (to treat ulcers)
quinapril (to treat high blood pressure or heart
digoxin (to treat uneven heartbeats (arrhythmia))
colestipol or colestyramine (to treat high cholesterol)
strontium ranelate (to treat bone disease such as
methotrexate (to treat certain cancers or skin, joint
or gut diseases)
ergotamine and methysergide (to treat migraines).
During your treatment your doctor may carry out blood,
kidney and liver tests.
Economycin with food and drink
Do not take Economycin tablets at the same time as
food, milk or milk products, as they can make the
medicine less effective.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take Economycin tablets if you are pregnant,
planning a pregnancy or are breast-feeding, unless
your doctor has advised you to, as it may affect the
development of your baby.
Economycin tablets can cause permanent
discolouration of tooth enamel and affect bone
development in children.
Driving and using machines
Economycin tablets should not affect your ability to
drive or operate machinery.
Economycin tablets contain sunset yellow (E110)
Economycin tablets contain sunset yellow (E110),
which may cause allergic reactions.
3. HOW TO TAKE ECONOMYCIN
Always take Economycin tablets exactly as your doctor
has told you.
Swallow the tablets one hour before or two hours
after meals, followed by a glass of water. Take the
tablets either standing up or sitting down.
Do not take Economycin immediately before going to
Your doctor will decide your dose and length of
treatment, as it depends on your condition.
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Skin infections: 1-2 tablets (250-500 mg) daily either as
a single dose or in divided doses for 3 months.
Brucellosis: 2 tablets (500 mg) four times a day with
Sexually transmitted diseases: 2 tablets (500 mg) four
times a day for between 7 to 30 days depending on
your condition. You will have regular follow up and
laboratory tests (blood and serum).
Children under 12 years old:
Do not give this medicine to children under 12 years
old, as it can cause permanent discolouration of tooth
enamel and affect bone development.
If you take more Economycin than you should
If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of tablets at the
same time, or you think a child may have swallowed
any. Contact nearest hospital casualty department or
tell your doctor immediately.
If you forget to take Economycin
Don't worry, take it as soon as you remember.
However, if it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the
missed dose and take your next scheduled dose at the
correct time. Do not take a double dose to make up for
the one you have missed.
If you stop taking Economycin
You should continue taking Economycin for as long as
your doctor has told you to, even if you start to feel
better. If you stop before finishing the prescribed course
of treatment your infection may still be present or may
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Economycin can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
If you get any of the following serious side effects,
STOP TAKING the tablets immediately and seek
urgent medical advice:
Allergic reactions, these include skin rashes which
may be itchy, swelling of the face, eye lids, lips,
tongue or throat, fever, difficulty in breathing,
sudden wheezing or collapse (anaphylaxis), chest
pain or tightness
Symptoms of raised pressure in the skull:
headaches, dizziness, ‘ringing’ in the ears or visual
problems including blurred vision, "blind" spots or
double vision. Bulging of the skull may occur in
infants. Permanent loss of vision also has been
Symptoms of a severe skin rash: this may include
fever, blisters or ulcers, reddening, peeling or
swelling of the skin
Severe or prolonged diarrhoea (which may be a
sign of serious bowel inflammation).
Tell your doctor if the following side effects occur:
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
liver failure, hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) and
changes in the numbers and types of your blood
cells. If you notice increased bruising, nose bleeds,
sore throats, infections, excessive tiredness,
breathlessness on exertion or abnormal paleness of
the skin, you should tell your doctor who may want
you to have a blood test
ulceration/irritation/swelling of the oesophagus
(gullet/throat) and difficulty in swallowing, usually
when taken before bed or with inadequate fluid
kidney failure, nephritis (may cause swollen ankles
or high blood pressure)
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from
the available data):
increased sensitivity to sunlight or artificial sunlight
(sun-beds or sun-lamps) causing itching, stinging
and burning of the skin.
You should limit your exposure to natural sunlight,
and avoid exposure to artificial sunlight, where
possible. Blisters, lesions or scaly skin may
over-growth of resistant organisms which may
cause infection/inflammation of the mouth, tongue,
intestines and vagina
headache, stomach upsets, feeling sick (nausea),
being sick (vomiting) or diarrhoea, loss of appetite,
discolouration of teeth
inflammation of oesophagus and pancreas-causing
pain in the abdomen or back, feeling sick and fever
(oesophagitis and pancreatitis)
pseudomembranous colitis (watery diarrhoea, fever
skin rashes, which involve changes to the colour
and texture of the skin (Steven Johnson syndrome
and toxic epidermal necrolysis)
worsening of the inflammatory disease Systemic
Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), which causes skin
rashes, fever and joint pain
may increase muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis)
discoloured thyroid tissue (no changes in thyroid
function are known to occur)
fatty liver (causes tiredness, discomfort in upper
increased levels of urea, phosphates or acid in the
blood, poor kidney function
scaling and peeling of skin (exfoliative dermatitis),
red/purple colour spots on skin, joint pain and
abdominal pain (anaphylactoid purpura)
Reporting of side effects:
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor
or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report
side effects directly via Yellow Card Scheme:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE ECONOMYCIN
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Store below 25°C in a dry place. Store in the original
package or container and keep the container tightly
Do not use the tablets after the expiry date, which is
stated on the package or container. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via waste water or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw
away medicines you no longer use. These measures
will help to protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Economycin film-coated tablets contain
The active substance (the ingredient that makes the
tablets work) is tetracycline hydrochloride.
The other ingredients in the tablets are microcrystalline
cellulose, sodium starch glycollate, povidone,
magnesium stearate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose,
ethylcellulose, diethyl phthalate, sunset yellow (E110),
titanium dioxide (E171) and hydroxypropyl cellulose
What Economycin film-coated tablets look like and
contents of the pack
Economycin film-coated tablets are orange, biconvex
The tablets are available in containers of 100, 500 and
Not all the pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Chelonia Healthcare Limited,
Boumpoulinas 11, 3rd Floor Nicosia, P.C. 1060 Cyprus
DDSA Pharmaceuticals Limited,
310 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 9JQ
For more information about this product, please contact
the Marketing Authorisation Holder.
This leaflet was last revised in 10/2015
The usual doses are:
Adults, elderly and children 12 years or over:
General infections: The normal dose is 250 mg to
500 mg (1 to 2 tablets) every 6 hours (4 times a day),
depending on the severity of the condition. If you are
elderly your doctor may prescribe you a lower dose (for
example, if you suffer from kidney problems) so that the
level of tetracycline in your blood stream will be
appropriate for the treatment.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.