Tetracycline (Panmycin) Nursing Considerations

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treatment of infection, gonorrhea and syphilis with penicillin allergy, chronic bronchitis


bacteriostatic by inhibiting protein synthesis

Therapeutic Class


Pharmacologic Class


Nursing Considerations

• use caution with liver impairment
• may cause pseudomembranous colitis, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, photosensitivity, rash
• may increase effects of warfarin
• assess for infection
• obtain culture prior to initiating therapy
• monitor renal and liver labs
• instruct patient to complete entire dose

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Okay, let’s take a look at the drug tetracycline. Also known as pan mycin or doxycyline. This is an oral medication, as you can see here, this is actually tetracycline in its powder form. Tetracycline works in the body as an anti-infective, which is its therapeutic class and its pharmacologic class is a tetracycline. So tetracycline is a bacteriostatic medication, meaning it inhibits protein synthesis. And we use it for the treatment of infections for gonorrhea and syphilis. When the patient has a penicillin allergy and also for chronic bronchitis, diarrhea, nausea, rash, and vomiting are side effects that we can see with tetracycline, a few nursing considerations for te recycling. Make sure you assess your patient’s infection. Use caution in patients who have liver impairment and be aware that te recycling may increase the effects of warfarin monitor your patient’s liver and renal lab work obtain cultures prior to starting tetracycline therapy. Be sure to teach the patient that they must finish the entire dose of this medication. And guys have actually seen this before, but there is a risk in children who take tetracycline that it will stain their teeth yellow. That’s it for tey or pan micin or doxycyline now go out and be your best self today and as always happy nursing.

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