Generic Name: tetracycline topical (te tra SYE kleen)Brand Names: Achromycin, Topicycline
Tetracycline is used topically to treat bacterial infections such as acne.
Tetracycline topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Tetracycline topical may cause yellowing of the skin. This staining can be removed by washing with mild soap and water.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using tetracycline topical?Do not use tetracycline topical without first talking to your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it. Tetracycline topical is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use tetracycline topical without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether tetracycline topical passes into breast milk. Do not use tetracycline without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Use tetracycline topical exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Wash your hands before and after using this medication.Clean and dry the area to which you will apply tetracycline topical. Apply the solution generously until the skin is thoroughly wet. Tetracycline is usually applied twice daily in the morning and evening. Follow your doctor's directions.
To prevent excessive irritation, avoid getting the medication in the eyes, inside of the nose or mouth, on the lips, and in areas where the skin is broken.It may take 3 weeks or more to see the effects of this medication. Do not stop using tetracycline topical if you do not see results immediately. Store tetracycline at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember.
Avoid applying the medication to broken or irritated skin.
Avoid using other topical products on the same area at the same time unless directed to do so by your doctor.
Avoid using harsh, abrasive, or irritating cleansers, perfumes, or cosmetics during treatment with tetracycline topical.
Serious side effects are not expected to occur from treatment with tetracycline topical.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur such as burning, stinging, or irritation of the skin. Continue to use tetracycline topical and talk to your doctor if these side effects persist or are excessive.
Tetracycline topical may cause yellowing of the skin. This staining can be removed by washing with mild soap and water.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Usual Adult Dose for Acne:
Apply 1-2 times per day. The duration of therapy depends upon the response of the patient. Improvement in acne may be seen in 4 to 6 weeks in some patients, but may require 6 to 8 weeks. Maximal improvement usually occurs in 8 to 12 weeks.
Usual Adult Dose for Superficial Bacterial Skin Infection:
Apply 1-2 times per day. Improvement is usually seen within 2 weeks. If no improvement is noted in 2 weeks time, re-evaluation of the condition and/or alternative treatment should be considered.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Acne:
<11 years: Safety and effectiveness have not been established.>=11 years: Apply 1-2 times per day. The duration of therapy depends upon the response of the patient. Improvement in acne may be seen in 4 to 6 weeks in some patients, but may require 6 to 8 weeks. Maximal improvement usually occurs in 8 to 12 weeks.
Do not use other topical prescription or over-the-counter products on the same area at the same time unless directed to do so by your doctor.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with tetracycline topical. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using other prescription or over-the-counter medications, including herbal products.
Tetracycline topical is available with a prescription under the brand name Topicycline in a solution with a strength of 2.2 mg per mL. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.