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Terramycin Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Terramycin (oxytetracycline and polymyxin B ophthalmic) is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes. The brand name drug is no longer available in the U.S., but generic versions may still be available. Terramycin is a tetracycline antibiotic. Common side effects include burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, eyelid itching, eyelid swelling or crusting, tearing, or sensitivity to light.
The usual adult daily dose of Terramycin is 250 mg once every 24 hours or 300 mg given in divided doses at 8 to 12 hour intervals. For children above eight years of age dosage is determined by body weight. Avoid other eye medications unless your doctor approves them. Before using this medication, tell your doctor all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use. During pregnancy, Terramycin should be used only when prescribed by a doctor. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Terramycin Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Terramycin FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Gastrointestinal: anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, glossitis, dysphagia, enterocolitis, and inflammatory lesions (with monilial overgrowth) in the anogenital region. These reactions have been caused by both the oral and parenteral administration of tetracyclines.
Bulging fontanels in infants and benign intracranial hypertension in adults have been reported in individuals receiving full therapeutic dosages. These conditions disappeared rapidly when the drug was discontinued.
When given over prolonged periods, tetracyclines have been reported to produce brown-black microscopic discoloration of thyroid glands. No abnormalities of thyroid function studies are known to occur.
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