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What is Tetracycline used for?

Tetracycline is a type of antibiotic that is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It works by preventing the growth and spread of bacteria in the body. Some common infections that tetracycline is used to treat include:

1. Acne: Tetracycline can be taken orally or applied topically to treat mild to moderate acne.

2. Urinary tract infections: It can be used to treat urinary tract infections caused by certain types of bacteria.

3. Chlamydia: Tetracycline can be effective in treating chlamydial infections, which are sexually transmitted.

4. Respiratory tract infections: This antibiotic can also be used to combat respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

5. Skin and soft tissue infections: Tetracycline can help treat skin and soft tissue infections like cellulitis, impetigo, and infected wounds.

6. Helicobacter pylori infection: It may be prescribed along with other medications to eradicate H.pylori bacteria in patients with gastric ulcers or peptic ulcer disease.

7. Lyme disease: In some cases, tetracycline may be prescribed to combat Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness.

It is important to note that tetracycline should only be used for bacterial infections and not viral infections such as the common cold or flu.