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    Generic for Achromycin V
    60 capsules $15.6 USD
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Do you need a prescription for tetracycline?

Yes, tetracycline is only available with a valid physician Rx.

How much is tetracycline without Insurance in the US?

Our website gives two competitive savings options to US customers who wish to purchase tetracycline, as either a brand or generic, if available. The first is access to medications through our mail-order online pharmacy. The second is by using the Now Patient Rx Advantage Card, which can be used in over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, across America. If you are insured, then in most cases, the cash price will be significantly cheaper than the copay.

What will my out-of-pocket cost be for tetracycline in the US?

There are no out-of-pocket (OOP) costs because we are currently only offering a cash-based option to purchase medications.

Is Now Patient a tetracycline savings card?

Yes. Save up to 90% on your tetracycline with the FREE Now Patient Rx Advantage card*.
*Based on the difference between the U&C submitted by the pharmacy and the price the patients pay.

Can you handle Rx transfers for home delivery in the US?

Yes. If you use the mail-order online pharmacy option, then we can handle requests by you to have your prescription transferred to our pharmacy for home delivery. We can even help you manage your refills by giving you timely reminders, so you do not run out of your medication.

Is Now Patient a tetracycline coupon provider in the US?

No. Now Patient does not provide tetracycline coupons or FREE tetracycline samples.

Do you accept commercial, Medicare or Medicaid coverage for tetracycline in the US?

No. Currently, we only offer cash-based options for purchase, therefore we do not require your insurance benefit details. In the future, our plan is to be able to handle commercial insurance, Medicare and Medicaid including cases where you have multiple health plans that provide benefit coverage (e.g. Medicaid and Commercial). We also anticipate being able to handle more complex scenarios such as using primary insurance combined with a manufacturer copay assistance program.

Does Now Patient work with Medicare?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than Medicare copays. We do not bill Medicare Part D (standalone drug coverage) or Medicare Advantage (combined health and drug coverage). When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

Does Now Patient work with Commercial Insurance?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than commercial plan copays. We do not bill your commercial plan. When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

What should you do if you use too much tetracycline?


Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using tetracycline. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource if you think you’ve used too much tetracycline. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.


If you think it is an emergency, call 999 or find your nearest A&E
If you need help now, but it’s not an emergency go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111. Alternatively you can speak to one of our pharmacists or use the Now Patient app to make an appointment with your GP.

What should I do if I miss my dose?

There are occasions when people forget to take their medication at correct prescribed times. This may not only have an effect on potentially making the medication less effective but it may also inadvertently lead to taking doses too close together, thereby increasing the risks of side effects.

Click here to find out what to do if you forgot to take your medication

What is generic tetracycline?

Generic tetracycline refers to the non-brand-name version of the medication. It contains the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug but is typically less expensive.

FDA approval of tetracycline

Tetracycline is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of various bacterial infections.

Active ingredient of tetracycline

The active ingredient of tetracycline is tetracycline hydrochloride.

US brand name of tetracycline and manufacturer

Tetracycline is available under various brand names in the US, such as Achromycin, Medicycline, Sumycin, and Tetracyn. It is manufactured by multiple pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of tetracycline and manufacturer

In the UK, tetracycline is available under various brand names, and the manufacturers may vary.

Prescription requirement for tetracycline

A prescription (Rx) is required for tetracycline in both the US and the UK.

Availability of tetracycline in the UK with NHS prescription

Tetracycline belongs to a class of medications known as tetracycline antibiotics. It is available in the UK with a NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by tetracycline

Tetracycline is an antibacterial used to treat gram-positive and gram-negative bacterial infections, including respiratory tract infections (Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae), urinary tract infections (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella), skin and soft tissue infections (Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus), intestines, eye infections, sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia, Lyme disease, and rare infections, including anthrax, plague, and brucellosis. Tetracycline may be used as an alternative in patients allergic to penicillin, and may also be used in combination with other medications for the treatment of certain types of stomach ulcers.

How does tetracycline work?

Tetracycline has bacteriostatic agent that inhibits bacterial protein synthesis by binding to the bacterial ribosomes. It prevents the bacteria from producing essential proteins necessary for their growth and replication.

Forms of tetracycline available

Tetracycline is available in various formulations, including oral capsules, tablets, and topical preparations.

Dosage of tetracycline

The dosage of tetracycline depends on the type and severity of the infection. It is important to follow the prescribed dosage instructions and medication labeling provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for tetracycline use

Tetracycline should be taken as directed by the healthcare provider. It is usually taken with a full glass of water, on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Warnings and contraindications for tetracycline

  • Tetracycline and other tetracycline-derivatives should not be used in children under the age of 8 or during tooth development, as it may cause permanent tooth discoloration
  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, hepatic impairment, difficulty swallowing, hiatal hernia, or reflux disease-GERD
  • It may also cause photosensitivity reactions, so it’s important to protect the skin from excessive sunlight or artificial UV light during treatment. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing if you go out in the sun
  • Do not take tetracycline with dairy products such as milk. Dairy products make it more difficult for this medicine to be absorbed

Use of tetracycline during pregnancy

Tetracycline should be avoided during pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters, as it can interfere with fetal bone development and cause other adverse effects. Consultation with a healthcare provider is necessary to weigh the potential risks and benefits.

Use of tetracycline while breastfeeding

Tetracycline passes into breast milk and may affect the nursing infant’s developing teeth and bone. It is generally recommended to avoid Tetracycline while breastfeeding. Consultation with a healthcare provider is necessary to discuss alternative treatment options.

Possible side effects of tetracycline

Common side effects of tetracycline may include gastrointestinal disturbances, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Other possible side effects include skin sensitivity to sunlight, discoloration of teeth, and rare allergic reactions.

Interactions with other drugs

Tetracycline may interact with certain medications, including anticoagulants such as warfarin, antacids containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium, calcium supplements, and oral contraceptives. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over the counter nonprescription medications, herbal products, supplements, and vitamins you are taking to avoid potential adverse effects and drug interactions.

Similar drugs to tetracycline

Other antibiotics in the tetracycline class include chlortetracycline, demeclocycline, doxycycline and minocycline.


  • FDA Prescribing Information for Tetracycline
  • MHRA product information for Tetracycline
  • NHS UK
  • Drugs.com
  • WebMD
Stefano Mirabello Medical Reviewer
Pharmacist / B.Pharm
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