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Oxytetracycline Basic information
Physical and Chemical Properties Pharmacology Adverse reactions Drugs interactions
Product Name:Oxytetracycline
Product Categories:-;Terramycin, Liquamycin;Antimicrobial;API
Mol File:79-57-2.mol
Oxytetracycline Structure
Oxytetracycline Chemical Properties
Melting point 183 °C
alpha -223 º (c=1 0.03N HCl)
Boiling point 565.29°C (rough estimate)
density 1.6340
refractive index 1.6500 (estimate)
storage temp. -20°C
solubility Sparingly soluble in aqueous solution at 0.6 mg/mL
form Crystalline Powder
pkapKa 3.27/7.32/9.11(H2O,t =25,I<0.01)(Approximate)
color Beige to light yellow
Water Solubility 0.2 g/L
CAS DataBase Reference79-57-2(CAS DataBase Reference)
EPA Substance Registry System2-Naphthacenecarboxamide, 4-(dimethylamino)-1,4,4a,5, 5a,6,11,12a-octahydro-3,5, 6,10,12,12a-hexahydroxy-6- methyl-1,11-dioxo-, (4S,4aR,5S,5aR,6S,12aS)-(79-57-2)
Safety Information
Hazard Codes Xn,Xi
Risk Statements 63-36-36/37/38
Safety Statements 22-24/25-36/37/39-26-36
WGK Germany 2
RTECS QI7875000
HS Code 30029090
Hazardous Substances Data79-57-2(Hazardous Substances Data)
Oxytetracycline Usage And Synthesis
Physical and Chemical PropertiesIsolated from the culture medium of Streptomyces fission; appears as a gray-yellow to yellow crystalline powder. Commonly in a form of hydrochloride; appears as yellow crystal, easily soluble in water, stable under acidic conditions but unstable in alkaline environment.

Its oxytetracycline appears as light yellow to dark yellow crystalline powder, insoluble in water. Adjusting the pH to over 8 or below 2 yields oxytetracycline sodium salt or hydrochloride, this is stable and easily soluble in water. The 10% aqueous solution should have a pH of 2.3 to 2.9.
Pharmacology1. Pharmacodynamics; The drug is a tetracycline antibacterial drug with a broad spectrum of anti-pathogenic microorganisms; appears as a rapid bacteriostatic agent; exhibits bactericidal effect to some bacteria species at high concentration; have a slightly high potency than tetracycline for the treatment of intestinal infections (including amoebic dysentery).
  • Mechanism of action; The drug can specifically bind to the A site of the 30s subunit of the ribosomes in pathogens, preventing the binding of aminoacyl-tRNA to this position, thereby inhibiting the growth of the peptide chain and affecting the protein synthesis of bacteria or other pathogenic microorganisms .
  • Antibacterial spectrum The drug has strong antibacterial activity on Staphylococcus aureus, pneumococcus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, meningococcal, Escherichia coli, Aerobacter aerogenes, Shigella, Yersinia and Listeria monocytogenes. It also has strong effect on rickettsia, mycoplasma, chlamydia, spirochetes, amoebae and some plasmodium and actinomyces.
2. Pharmacokinetic: oral absorption is not complete (absorb about 30% to 58%); single-dose oral administration of 1 g gives a peak plasma concentration of about 3.9mg / L. The drug is widely distributed after absorption, being capable to penetrate pleural effusion, ascites, can also be distributed in the liver, spleen, bone marrow, bone, dentin and enamel, and can reach a higher concentration in milk. The drug can penetrate through the placental barrier, but not easily through the blood - cerebrospinal fluid barrier. The drug has a distribution volume of 0.9 ~ 1.9L / kg, the protein binding rate of about 20% to 35%, half-life of 6 to 10 hours for people of normal renal function. It has a prolonged half-life for renal failure patients, being as long as 47 to 66 hours for anastomosis patients. The drug is mainly excreted through the glomerular filtration with 70% administered drug being discharged within 24 hours; non-absorbed drugs are excreted in the form of prototype. Hemodialysis can remove about 10% to 15% of the drug.
Adverse reactions
  1. Bone; The medicine can be deposited in the teeth and bones, resulting in varying degrees of discoloration yellow teeth, enamel dysplasia and dental caries, and can cause bone dysplasia.
  2. Oral administration of the gastrointestinal tract can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, abdominal distension, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal reactions; occasional esophagitis and esophageal ulcer reported in patients with bed rest immediately after taking medicine.
  3. Liver; in rare cases, serum bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase and aminotransferase increase. Long-term medication can cause liver damage, usually leading to hepatic steatosis. People of liver and renal insufficiency, late pregnancy and women receiving high-dose intravenous administration are more likely to suffer. Occasionally also cause both pancreatic inflammation together with liver toxicity.
  4. Renal; in rare cases, blood urea nitrogen content increase. Patients with significant renal impairment may have aggravating azotemia, hyperphosphatemia and acidosis.
  5. Allergic reaction cases are less than penicillin. It can cause drug fever or rash, the latter can exhibit rash, urticaria, erythema multiforme, eczema-like erythema; can also cause photosensitive dermatitis. In addition, anaphylactic shock, asthma, purpura, etc. are also occasionally reported.
  6. Long-term use in blood can cause abnormal lymphocytes, granulocytic granules, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia and neutropenia.
  7. Superinfection; Long-term medication can induce drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Gram-negative bacteria and fungi, which lead to the infections in digestive tract, respiratory and urinary tract infections with sepsis occurring in severe cases.
  8. Dysbacteriosis; long-term medication can also reduce the body's normal bacteria population, resulting in vitamin deficiency, fungal breeding, dry mouth, sore throat, angular cheilitis, glossitis, dark brown tongue or discoloration.
  9. Central nervous system; it has been reported of the cases of benign increased intracranial pressure, manifested as headache, vomiting, optic disc edema and so on.
Drugs interactions
  1. Quinolones: not suitable for combination usage with reduced efficacy and increased side effects.
  2. Cephalosporins: oxytetracycline can reduce the antibacterial effect of cephalosporins.
  3. Chlortetracycline, kanamycin, olaquindox, enramycin, North rifampin, furinomycin, flavomycin: incompatibility; oxytetracycline are incompatible with the latter combination.
  4. Tylosin and other macrolides: combination yields synergistic effect.
  5. Polymyxin: combination with oxytetracycline enhances the absorption of the latter, leading to synergistic effect.
  6. Penicillins: Antagonistic effect.
  7. Metronidazole: combination can reduce the effect of metronidazole, reducing the efficacy.
  8. Sodium bicarbonate: increase the pH of oxytetracycline; reduce the dissociation degree and absorption rate.
  9. Magnesium sulfate: oxytetracycline can form chelate with magnesium ions; reduce its own absorption and curative effect.
  10. TMP: significant synergistic effect.
  11. Vitamin C: The latter can inactivate oxytetracycline; oxytetracycline in turn causes faster excretion of vitamin C in the urine. Not suitable.
  12. Drugs and feeds containing calcium, magnesium, aluminum and other cationic; prevent the absorption of oxytetracycline and reduce its efficacy.
  13. Sodium sulfate: In order to avoid the effect of metal cations in feed; adding appropriate amount of sodium sulfate in the feed can improve the absorption of oxytetracycline and improve the curative effect.
  14. Diuretics: Combination can increase blood urea nitrogen, leading to increased renal toxicity.
  15. Berberine: combination can enhance antibacterial effect.
  16. Vitamin B complex: reduce the effect of oxytetracycline.
  17. Bacitracin: incompatibility should not be combined.
  18. Food, milk: oxytetracycline, when used with food, milk, the blood concentration is only 20% of that in the cases of fasting drug administration with remarkably compromised antibacterial effect.
  19. Trace elements: block the absorption of oxytetracycline, reduce the effect. 
Chemical Propertiesbeige to light yellow crystalline powder
UsesOxytetracycline(Terramycin) was the second of the broad-spectrum tetracycline group of antibiotics to be discovered. Oxytetracycline works by interfering with the ability of bacteria to produce proteins that are essential to them. Without these proteins t
UsesOxytetracycline (terramycin) is a linear, tetracyclic broad spectrum antibiotic originally isolated from Streptomyces rimosus in 1949. Like all tetracyclines, oxytetracycline shows broad spectrum antibacterial and antiprotozoan activity and acts by binding to the 30S and 50S ribosomal sub-units, blocking protein synthesis. Oxytetracycline, although less coloured than other tetracyclines, is still a pigment and is thus sensitive to environmental and storage conditions. Commercial oxytetracycline may contain significant levels of degradation products.
DefinitionChEBI: A tetracycline used for treatment of infections caused by a variety of Gram positive and Gram negative microorganisms including Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Pasteurella pestis, Escherichia coli, Haemophilus influenzae /ital> (respiratory infections), and Diplococcus pneumoniae.
Brand nameTerramycin (Pfizer).
Antimicrobial activityIt is slightly less active than other tetracyclines against most common pathogenic bacteria.
Pharmaceutical ApplicationsA fermentation product of certain strains of Streptomyces rimosus, supplied as the dihydrate or hydrochloride for oral or parenteral administration.
PharmacokineticsOral absorption: c.60%
Cmax 500 mg oral: 3–4 mg/L after 2–4 h
Plasma half-life: c.9 h
Volume of distribution: c.1.8 L/kg
Plasma protein binding: 20–35%
Oxytetracycline is moderately well absorbed from the upper gastrointestinal tract. Food decreases plasma levels by approximately 50%. Although widely distributed in the tissues, it achieves lower concentrations than related agents such as minocycline. Sputum concentrations of 1 mg/L have been recorded on a daily dosage of 2 g. Approximately 60% is excreted in the urine and the half-life is prolonged in renal insufficiency.
Clinical UseIt offers no unique therapeutic advantages, although it is one of the cheaper preparations.
Side effectsGastrointestinal intolerance is responsible for most side effects, and tends to be more severe than with other tetracyclines. Esophageal irritation may result from the local effects of the swallowed drug. Potentially serious adverse reactions have included neuromuscular paralysis following intravenous administration to patients with myasthenia gravis. Thrombocytopenic purpura and lupus erythematosus syndrome have been reported, although a direct role for the drug in the latter remains uncertain. Apart from the effect on nitrogen balance common to many tetracyclines, a metabolic effect on glucose homeostasis has been noted in type 1 diabetes mellitus. Allergic contact sensitivity reactions have also been reported.
Purification MethodsTerramycin crystallises (as dihydrate) from water or aqueous EtOH and is soluble in MeOH, EtOH, Me2CO and H2O (0.25mg/mL at 25o ) but insoluble in Et2O and pet ether. It is amphoteric, and an aqueous solution has pH 2.0-5.0. It has max at 247, 275 and 353nm in 0.1 M phosphate (pH 4.5). [Finlay et al. Science 111 85 1951.] The hydrochloride, [2058-46-0] M 496.9 [Beilstein 14 IV 2630], crystallises from MeOH in needles and from H2O at 50o it forms plates. Terramycin has also been purified via the hydrochloride by dissolving it in H2O, adjusting to pH 6, and the solid is filtered off after 1hour. The crystals of the dihydrate are dried to constant weight in vacuum/CaCl2/25o. Drying at 60o in vacuo gives the anhydrous base m 184.5-185.5o (sintering at 180o). The dihydrate has m 181-182o. Its optical rotation in MeOH decreases from [] D 25 +26o (c 0.5%) to [] D 25 +11.3o after standing for 16hours. It forms a sodium salt and a CaCl2 complex. [Regna et al. J Am Chem Soc 73 4211 1951, Beilstein 14 IV 2633.]
Oxytetracycline Preparation Products And Raw materials
Raw materialsCalcium carbonate-->Starch-->Oxalic acid-->Dextrin
Preparation ProductsDoxycycline hydrochloride-->Oxytetracycline hydrochloride-->Doxycycline-->METHACYCLINE HYDROCHLORIDE-->Metacycline hydrochloride
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