Sumycin is a brand name of Tetracycline, which started to be sold in 1978. This medication was originally developed to fight the bacteria Streptomyces. It is considered by World Health Organization (WHO) to be a safe and effective antibiotic.
What Is It Used for?
Sumycin belongs to tetracycline antibiotics. It can fight certain bacterial infection in the body and is able to affect the production of proteins required by bacteria for growth. Thanks to slowing of the growth of bacteria, the defense mechanisms of the body can destroy them.
It is prescribed for people with different bacterial infections, including acne, urinary tract infections, chlamydia, gonorrhea and others. Generic form of Sumycin is also available.
What Precautions Should Be Paid Due Attention to?
You should not use Sumycin if it causes an allergic reaction or if you have an allergy to other tetracycline antibiotics, for instance, doxycycline. If you use methoxyflurane or acitretin, you should notify your healthcare provider about that. Also, you should tell your doctor if you have at least one of the following health conditions:
Pregnancy, intention to become pregnant or breastfeeding;
Use of any prescription or non-prescription medications, dietary supplement or herbal preparations;
History of allergies to any substances;
This medication should not be used by children who are under 8 years old.
What Side Effects May Occur?
Like any other medication, Sumycin is able to cause a range of side effects. The most common of them are the following:
Skin color changes;
The following are the severe side effects that may be experienced:
Itching, skin rash or hives;
Difficulty swallowing or breathing;
Yellowing of the eyes or skin;
Light bowel movements;
Decreased urination or dark urine;
Loss of appetite;
Weakness or extreme fatigue;
Pain in the mouth or throat sores;
Chills or fever;
Unusual bruising or bleeding;
Joint swelling or stiffness.
Can It Interact with Other Medications?
There are 321 drugs that can interact with Sumycin, including 11 that cause major interactions. You should not combine Sumycin with the following drugs:
If you need to take any medication along with Sumycin, you should consult your healthcare provider first. Mixing Sumycin and isotretinoin or acitretin may cause a range of side effects, for instance, increased pressure in the fluid around the brain. Such medications as lithium, atovaquone, oral contraceptives or penicillin should not be used with Sumycin, because it may decrease their effects.