Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Terramycin (oxytetracycline intramuscular solution) is an antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. The brand name drug Terramycin is no longer available in the U.S., but generic versions may still be available. Common side effects of Terramycin (oxytetracycline) include:
- irritation at the injection site,
- stomach upset,
- sensitivity to sunlight,
- loss of appetite,
- swollen tongue,
- difficulty swallowing,
- serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), and
The usual daily adult dose of Terramycin is 250 mg administered once every 24 hours or 300 mg given in divided doses at 8 to 12 hour intervals. For children above eight years of age the dose is determined by the child's body weight. Terramycin may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Terramycin should be used only if prescribed. Use during the last half of pregnancy, or during infancy and childhood up to the age of 8 years may cause permanent discoloration of the teeth (yellow-gray-brown). Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before taking Terramycin. This drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Terramycin (oxytetracycline intramuscular solution) 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.
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.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Terramycin (Oxytetracycline)