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Old 08-20-2003, 10:36 PM   #1
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Question Should I stop taking zinc/calcium supplements with Tetracycline?

I know it says to take it 1 hour before you eat, or 2 hours after you eat. And if you have anything that is dairy related, 2-3 hours before and after.

So what I'm wondering is, will I get the full effects if I wait for the time period of 2-3 hours if I take a zinc supplement beforehand? Or will any zinc in the bloodstream affect the results of tetracycline, and thus, I should stop taking the zinc supplements altogether?

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Old 08-21-2003, 02:06 AM   #2
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Does anyone know? :/

Old 08-21-2003, 03:12 PM   #3
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I remember reading that you should not take zinc supplements with any tetracyclines - not sure if waiting for 2-3 hours would do, but you should probably just stop and see how you do on the tetracycline alone.

Old 08-21-2003, 03:54 PM   #4
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Ok, thanks...I wish I had a definite answer but I was going to do what you said anyways.

Does the mechanism for tetracycline just kill the bacteria in the intestine? or does it kill bacteria in the blood?

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