OXYTETRACYCLINE TABLETS 250MG
Active substance(s): OXYTETRACYCLINE DIHYDRATE
OXYTETRACYCLINE 250 mg TABLETS
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 or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. 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 Oxytetracycline is for
2. Before you take Oxytetracycline
3. How to take Oxytetracycline
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Oxytetracycline
6. Further information
1. WHAT OXYTETRACYCLINE IS FOR
Oxytetracycline belongs to a group of medicines called
tetracycline antibiotics. It can be used to treat a wide range
of bacterial infections, such as:
infections of the lungs, including whooping cough,
bronchitis and pneumonia
urinary tract infections
sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia,
gonorrhoea and syphilis
skin infections including acne
infections of the eye including conjunctivitis
rickettsial infections (infections spread by lice, fleas and
ticks) including Q fever and tick fevers
other infections including brucellosis (an infection
spread from infected animals through untreated milk or
direct contact), psittacosis (an infection spread from
birds), plague and cholera
If you are not sure why you have been prescribed these
tablets then please ask your doctor.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE OXYTETRACYCLINE
Do not take Oxytetracycline, and tell your doctor if you:
are allergic to oxytetracycline, other tetracycline
antibiotics, or any of the other ingredients in the tablets
(listed in section 6 of this leaflet)
have kidney problems
are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or are
are a child under 12 years of age
are receiving treatment with vitamin A or retinoid
medicines such as isotretinoin, tretinoin or acitretin
have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), an
inflammatory disease which causes skin rashes, fever
and joint pain
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before taking Oxytetracycline if you:
have any problems with your liver
have muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis)
If you are taking Oxytetracycline for a long time, your doctor
may ask you to have some tests to check on your blood,
kidneys and liver.
Taking Oxytetracycline can affect the results of some
clinical tests. If you are going to have a test, it is important
to tell your doctor or nurse that you are taking
Other medicines and Oxytetracycline
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have
recently taken, or might take any other medicines, even
medicines bought without a prescription.
In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking
any of the following medicines, as they may affect how
penicillin antibiotics to treat bacterial infections, such as
amoxicillin, flucloxacillin or phenoxymethylpenicillin
antacids to treat indigestion or heartburn, or over the
counter medicines or supplements containing
aluminium, calcium, iron, magnesium, bismuth or zinc.
These medicines should not be taken at the same time
as Oxytetracycline as they can affect the body’s
absorption of Oxytetracycline. You should allow 2-3
hours between doses of these medicines and
retinoids to treat eczema, acne or other skin conditions,
such as tretinoin or adapalene
medicines to control diarrhoea, such as kaolin-pectin or
medicines to treat diabetes, such as insulin gliclazide or
medicines to increase urine production (diuretics), such
as furosemide or spironolactone
medicines to thin the blood and stop blood clots
forming, such as warfarin or phenindione
strontium ranelate to treat osteoporosis
ergotamine to treat migraines
Oxytetracycline can make birth control pills less effective.
You should use an additional form of contraception while
you are taking Oxytetracycline and for 7 days after
If you go into hospital or have treatment for any other
conditions, you must tell the doctor, dentist or nurse that
you are taking Oxytetracycline.
Oxytetracycline with food and drink
Avoid taking this medicine at the same time as milk or food,
in particular dairy products, as they can affect the body’s
absorption of Oxytetracycline.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take Oxytetracycline if you pregnant, planning a
pregnancy or breast-feeding, unless your doctor has
advised you to, as it may affect the development of your
Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicines.
Driving and using machines
Oxytetracycline is not known to affect the ability to drive or
Oxytetracycline contains sunset yellow (E110)
Oxytetracycline Tablets contain sunset yellow (E110) which
may cause allergic reactions.
3. HOW TO TAKE OXYTETRACYCLINE
Always take Oxytetracycline exactly as your doctor has
Swallow each tablet whole with a glass of water, ideally on
an empty stomach, (either one hour before or two hours
after a meal).
Do not take Oxytetracycline immediately before going to
Your doctor will decide your exact dose, as it depends on
Adults, elderly and children over 12 years: typical dose
is 250 mg every six hours. If you have a severe infection,
your doctor may increase your dose to 500 mg every six
Children under 12 years: Oxytetracycline must not be
used in children under 12 years old, as it can stain teeth
and affect bone development.
If you take more Oxytetracycline than you should
Contact your doctor or go to the nearest hospital casualty
department immediately. Take the package with you so the
doctor knows what has been taken.
If you forget to take Oxytetracycline
Do not 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
If you stop taking Oxytetracycline
You should continue taking Oxytetracycline 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 reappear.
If you have any further questions on the use of this
medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Oxytetracycline can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
If you get any of the following serious side effects,
STOP TAKING Oxytetracycline and contact your doctor
or go to the nearest hospital casualty department
allergic reactions, the symptoms of which may include
itching, rash, swelling of the hands, feet, face, lips,
tongue or throat, which can cause difficulty in
swallowing or breathing
increased pressure within the skull, which can cause
severe headaches or problems with your vision
swelling of the sac around the heart (pericarditis), the
signs of which may include chest pain, difficulty
breathing, fever and dry cough
If you get any of the following side effects, stop taking
Oxytetracycline and tell your doctor as soon as
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.
changes to your blood, such as altered numbers of red
blood cells, white blood cells, or blood platelets. This
may cause symptoms including unexplained bleeding,
bruising, increased risk of infections, sore throat, fever,
weakness, breathlessness, pale skin and general
illness. A blood test can be taken to check.
Tell your doctor if you get any of the following side
stomach upsets such as feeling sick (nausea), stomach
ache, being sick (vomiting), diarrhoea. If you experience
severe stomach upset you should take Oxytetracycline
loss of appetite, difficulty swallowing, inflammation of
the digestive tract
inflammation of the colon, which causes fever, severe
diarrhoea and abdominal pain
overgrowth of some resistant organisms causing
infections, such as thrush, affecting the genitals or anus
tooth discolouration. This is more common
during long-term or repeated use of
inflammation or ulceration of the gullet,
causing heartburn, sore throat, difficulty
swallowing, nausea, vomiting or chest pain
inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis),
which can cause severe stomach pain that
reached through to your back
liver damage, inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), which
causes yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
(jaundice), liver failure, worsening of fat build-up within
scaling and peeling of the skin
problems with your kidneys, causing changes in your
urine, tiredness, weakness, shortness of breath and
swelling due to fluid retention
worsening of the inflammatory disease Systemic Lupus
Erythematosus (SLE), which causes skin rashes, fever
and joint pain
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 the
Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE OXYTETRACYCLINE
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package or
container and keep the container tightly closed.
Do not use these tablets after the expiry date, which is
stated on the package or container. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Oxytetracycline contains
The active substance (the ingredient that makes the tablet
work) in Oxytetracycline Tablets is oxytetracycline
dihydrate. Each tablet contains 250 mg of oxytetracycline
The other ingredients are maize starch, pregelatinated
maize starch, povidone, sodium starch glycollate, sodium
lauryl sulphate, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide
(E171), quinoline yellow (E104), hydroxypropyl cellulose
(E463), sunset yellow (E110), hypromellose, ethylcellulose
What Oxytetracycline looks like and contents of the
Oxytetracycline 250 mg Tablets are pale yellow biconvex,
film-coated tablets with the marking MP10 on one side.
The tablets come in blisters packs and containers of 28, 30,
50, 56, 60, 84, 100, 250, 500 & 1000 tablets. Not all pack
sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Genethics Europe Limited,
41 – 43 Klimentos, Klimentos Tower, Nicosia 1061, 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 04/2016
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