My dermatologist prescribed doxycycline for my acne. I heard this antibiotic can stain teeth yellow. Is this something I should be concerned about?
DOXYCYCLINE falls in the class of tetracycline antibiotics. There has been more than 50 years of experience with these medications. Tetracyclines are used for a broad range of infections, including acne.
Tetracyclines may indeed cause permanent discoloration and/or disflguration of teeth in children under the age of 10. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take tetracyclines because they can be passed to the fetus or baby and cause tooth discoloration.
Minocycline (another type of tetracycline) may occasionally result in prolonged grayish discoloration of adult teeth in about 5 percent of people.
If you are not pregnant, planning to become pregnant, breastfeeding or under the age of 10, doxycycline will not stain your teeth yellow.