Generic Name: Tetracycline

  • What is Sumycin?

    Sumycin is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. Sumycin is often an alternative drug for people who are allergic to penicillin.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Sumycin?

    Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children <8 years old should not take Sumycin. It could cause harm to children, including affecting bone development and permanently discoloring teeth.

    Throw away any unused Sumycin when it expires or when it is no longer needed. Do not take this medicine after the expiration date on the label has passed. Expired Sumycin can cause a dangerous syndrome resulting in damage to the kidneys.

    Antibacterial drugs including Sumycin should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

  • Who should not take Sumycin?

    Do not take Sumycin if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to any tetracycline medication.

    Do not take Sumycin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Sumycin?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Sumycin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney or liver disease.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: For most infections, the usual daily dose is 1 gram (g) divided as 500 milligrams (mg) twice a day or 250 mg four times daily. For more severe infections, a dose of 500 mg four times daily may be required. Your doctor, however, may prescribe a different dose based on the site and severity of your infection.

  • How should I take Sumycin?

    Take each dose with a full glass of water (8 ounces). Drink adequate water with each dose to prevent irritation of the esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach). Take Sumycin 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals, or exactly as your doctor tells you to. Skipping doses or not taking all your Sumycin may decrease its effectiveness or increase the chance that bacteria will develop resistance to it.

  • What should I avoid while taking Sumycin?

    You should avoid becoming pregnant or breastfeeding. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or artificial UV light (tanning beds). Sumycin may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight and you may be sunburned as a result. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when you are outside. Avoid simultaneous use of iron-containing preparations and aluminum-, calcium-, and magnesium-containing antacids or supplements because these can impair absorption of Sumycin.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Sumycin?

    If Sumycin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Sumycin with the following: antacids containing aluminum, calcium, or magnesium; blood thinners, such as warfarin; dairy products; iron-containing products; methoxyflurane; oral contraceptives; or penicillin or other antibiotics.

  • What are the possible side effects of Sumycin?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: loss of appetite, nausea, stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, hives, anemia

  • Can I receive Sumycin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Sumycin is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Sumycin may cause harm to an unborn baby. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, tell your doctor right away. Sumycin appears in breast milk. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Sumycin.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Sumycin?

    If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Sumycin?

    Store at room temperature.

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