Tetracycline periodontal fibers are used to help treat periodontal disease (a disease of your gums). Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria growing beneath the gum line. Tetracycline works by keeping the number of bacteria from growing. Lowering the amount of bacteria helps to reduce inflammation and swelling in your mouth, and the amount of bleeding around the teeth. Tetracycline fibers are placed in the inflamed mouth areas by your dentist after he or she has thoroughly cleaned your teeth.

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  • tetracycline
  • Severity: Moderate
    If any of the following side effects occur while taking tetracycline, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

    For all tetracyclinesMore common:
    Increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight (rare with minocycline)
    Abdominal pain
    bulging fontanel (soft spot on head) of infants
    loss of appetite
    nausea and vomiting
    visual changes
    yellowing skin
    For demeclocycline onlyLess common:
    Greatly increased frequency of urination or amount of urine
    increased thirst
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    For minocycline onlyLess common:
    Pigmentation (darker color or discoloration) of skin and mucous membranes
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with tetracycline may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    For all tetracyclinesMore common:
    Cramps or burning of the stomach
    Less common:
    Itching of the rectal or genital (sex organ) areas
    sore mouth or tongue
    For minocycline onlyMore common:
    Dizziness, light-headedness, or unsteadiness
  • (oral tablet, oral capsule, oral suspension, compounding powder)