A patient has recently been prescribed tetracycline for the treatment of acne vulgaris. The nurse should include which of the following in her teaching plan?


• A common side effect of tetracycline is photosensitivity. The patient should be instructed to apply sunscreen before being exposed to the sun.

Incorrect options:

• Tetracycline should not be taken with food or dairy products. It should be taken on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals or snacks, and with a full glass of water with each dose.

• Tetracycline is pregnancy category X and should not be taken while pregnant. The FDA places a drug in category X when studies confirm fetal abnormalities associated with its use and the risks involved for pregnant women clearly outweigh the benefits.

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