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Interactions

Tetracycline/Dairy Products

This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug, changing your diet or commencing any course of treatment.

Medical warning:

Most important. A change in your diet, medicine, or dosage is likely to be necessary. Promptly consult your doctor or pharmacist.

How the interaction occurs:

When dairy products are taken with this medicine, they may bind to tetracycline and interfere with its absorption into your bloodstream.

What might happen:

A decrease in the beneficial effects of tetracycline may occur.

What you should do about this interaction:

Take tetracycline at least two hours before or two hours after eating or drinking dairy products (see list below). Contact your healthcare professional (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) for more information. The following is a list of dairy foods: milk, cream, yogurt, cheese (all), ice cream, sherbets (some have milk or cream).Your healthcare professionals may be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change your medicine or diet before checking with them first.

References:

1.Neuvonen PJ. Interactions with the absorption of tetracyclines. Drugs 1976;11(1):45-54.

2.SCHEINER J, ALTEMEIER WA. Experimental study of factors inhibiting absorption and effective therapeutic levels of declomycin. Surg Gynecol Obstet 1962 Jan;114:9-14.

3.Leyden JJ. Absorption of minocycline hydrochloride and tetracycline hydrochloride. Effect of food, milk, and iron. J Am Acad Dermatol 1985 Feb;12(2 Pt 1):308-12.

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