Tetracycline is a polyketide broad-spectrum antibiotic belongs to the Tetracyclines group that were discovered in the 1940s. All Tetracycline antibiotics are used to fight against a wide range of microorganisms including Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
Tetracycline are generally use is in the treatment of cholera, brucellosis, acne, syphilis, and malaria. In some cases, Tetracycline combines with another antibiotic to treat such infections as Listeria, Actinomyces, anthrax, and Clostridium.
Tetracycline comes to market in the forms of tablets, film-coated tablets, capsules, ointment, and liquid. It should be taken by mouth.
Every product has its trade name, Tetracycline is no exception, its main brand name is Sumycin. But this doesn’t mean that everybody must use only this particular brand, as nowadays there is a wide range of Tetracycline generic alternatives. They are produced by different companies but all have the same formula as Sumycin, so there is no difference in quality between them. Moreover, the price of generic equivalents is always lower.
Tetracycline shouldn’t be used to treat virus infections such as common flu, for example. It can treat only bacterial infections.