1. Take PO form 1 hr before or 2 hr after meals with a full glass of water. Avoid dairy products, antacids, or iron preparations for 2 hr of ingestion of drug.
2. May cause photosensitivity reaction; avoid exposure to sunlight and wear protective clothing and sunscreen when exposed.
3. Transient blurring of vision or stinging may occur when instilled into the eye.
5. Drug may cause increased yellow-brown discoloration and softening of teeth and bones. Not advised for children under 8 years of age, pregnant women, or nursing mothers.
6. With oral application for gum disease, review proper care of site(s), foods to avoid, and proper cleaning while avoiding floss or toothpicks for the entire length of therapy. Symptoms that require immediate reporting include pain, abnormal discharge, fever, swelling, expulsion of fiber; return as scheduled for removal and follow-up.
7. The tetracycline fiber product consists of a monofilament of ethy-lene/vinyl acetate copolymer evenly dispersed with tetracycline. The fiber provides for continuous release of tetracycline for 10 days. The fiber releases about 2 mcg/cm/hr of tetracy-cline.
8. Avoid actions that may dislodge the fiber; i.e., chewing hard, crusty, or sticky foods; brushing or flossing near any treated areas; engaging in hygienic practices that might dislodge the fiber; probing the treated area with tongue or fingers.
9. Contact the dentist if the fiber is dislodged or falls out before the next scheduled visit or if pain or swelling occurs.
10. Dispose of any outdated tetracy-cline products. Fanconi-like syndrome can occur if outdated tetracy-cline products are ingested.
11. Document indications for therapy, type, onset, duration, and characteristics of symptoms.
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