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Demeclocycline

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Read time: 7 mins
Last updated: 06 May 2020
Published: 24 Jul 2020

4.1 Therapeutic indications

For the treatment of infections caused by tetracycline-sensitive organisms. For example, LEDERMYCIN is highly effective in the treatment of infections caused by Borrelia recurrentis (relapsing fever), Calymmatobacterium granulinatis (granuloma inguinale), Chlamydia species (psittacosis, lymphogranuloma vereneum, trachoma, inclusion conjunctivitis), Francisella tularensis (tularaemia), Haemophilus ducreyi (chancroid), Leptospira (meningitis, jaundice), Mycoplasma pneumoniae (non-gonococcal urethritis), Pseumomonas mallei and pseudomallei (glanders and melioidosis), Rickettsiae (typhus fever, Q fever, rocky mountain spotted fever), Vibrio species (cholera). It is also highly effective, alone or in combination with streptomycin, in the treatment of infections due to Brucella species (brucellosis) and Yersinia pestis (bubonic plague). Severe acne vulgaris.

Other sensitive organisms include: Actinomyces israelii, Bacillus anthracis (pneumonia), Clostridium species (gas gangrene, tetanus), Entamoeba histolytica (dysentery), Neisseria gonorrhoeae and anaerobic species, Treponema pallidum and pertenue (syphilis and yaws).

For the treatment of chronic hyponatraemia associated with the syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) secondary to malignant disease, where water restriction is ineffective and the patient does not have concomitant cirrhosis.

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