Panmycin
DESCRIPTION

Panmycin, also known as tetracycline, is used to treat a wide range of infections, especially acne. Since this medication is an antibiotic, it will only work on bacterial infections.

How it works

The medication works by putting an end to bacterial growth. By stopping the growth of bacteria, this medication prevents the infection from getting worse.

Uses

Panmycin is primarily used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. When used alongside anti-ulcer medications, Panmycin is also useful in treating a wide range of stomach ulcers.

Dosage

The dosage will be decided by your physician and will be based on your condition and your response to the treatment. For children under the age of 8, the dosage will be determined by his or her weight.

The medication is highly effective when taken on an empty stomach. You can consume it one hour before or two hours after having your meals. You must take the pill with a full glass of water, unless you are asked to do otherwise by your physician. You must not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication. Therefore, do not take Panmycin just before bed time.

Usually, antibiotics work best when they are maintained within the body at a constant amount. So, you need to take your medication on a regular basis. Make sure to take this medication until your doctor advises you to stop. Although your symptoms may have disappeared, the bacteria can continue to grow. Hence, do not stop consuming Panmycin until the prescription finishes.

Side effects

Some of the common side effects of consuming this medication are:

Loss of appetite
Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Headache
Dizziness
Sore throat

These symptoms will disappear within a day or two. However, there are other symptoms that prevail and cause serious damage to your health. These include:

Sun sensitivity
Nail discoloration
Muscle pain
Signs of kidney problems
Unusual fatigue
Severe stomach pain
Yellowing eyes
Dark urine

During such circumstances, you need to contact a physician immediately. If you leave these symptoms untreated, they can deteriorate to a worse level with time.

Precautions

The following precautionary methods need to be followed during the course of the entire treatment.

Before consuming the medication, see whether you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
Inform your physician and pharmacist of your medical history, including the current medication you are taking.
Consuming Panmycin can make you dizzy. So, do not drive or operate machinery after taking this medication.
Reduce your alcohol consumption – especially after taking this medication.
Avoid prolonged sun exposure and tanning booths. This medication can increase your sensitivity to the sun.
Be careful when you give this medication to senior citizens. They will be more sensitive to the side effects.
Do not give this medication to children below the age of 8 since it can cause permanent discoloration.

Self-care

It is not advised to take this medication during the period of pregnancy. Using this drug at this time can affect the baby adversely.

This medication can passed onto breast milk in small amounts. Although it has not been proven that this can be a problem, it is best to consult your physician before you make a decision.

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