• jonathan h February 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    i was on tetracycline antibiotics for at least 1.5 years. from 1995-1997 Minocycline, doxycycline and tetracycline. i had a adverse reaction with the doxycycline and minocycline that caused abdominal pains. 14 years later on 06/30/2010 i was diagnosed with crohns disease, ankylosing spondylitis, GERD, IBS, and colitis of ileum. after reading this article and the medical journal. i am convinced that the Tetracycline drugs have made me sick. i dont have any family history of any of the conditions that ill me. im now becoming more ill because of the cimzia im on, i have hypersensitivity, optic neuritis, anemia, lupus like symptoms. i just had a MRA done to check for vasculitis. i feel like im falling apart. im only 29 years old and i feel like my life has been taken away from me. im trying to find legal help. any info would be appreciated.

    • admin March 1, 2011 at 5:17 am

      Hi Jonathan, I'm sorry to hear about all you've been through on tetracycline etc–not good. Regarding your question about legal help, you can start here–just fill out this form and submit it for a lawyer who specializes in tetracycline litigation to review in order to see if you might have a case; it's a free service to our readers and you're under no obligation.

      • olga June 12, 2012 at 9:13 am

        hello i almost died with tetracycline no vary give a shirt my life is being pure hell after that two weeks take 4 times a day 500 mg each pill and the doctor sade ohhhhh yea i forgot it was for 10 days stop drink ed so why he give me 20 days treatment after that my life is being hell and now i cant take any antibiotic and i have lot health problems

  • Norman R June 14, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    After a sinus operation (Caldwell-Luc) in 1976, I was prescribed the anti-biotic Tetracycline to prevent infection during recovery. In those days, they didn’t have a warning label about avoiding the sun for 12 hours after taking it.
    Not being warned of the danger, I went out sailing and came back “red as a beet” on my face arms and hands. Every 3 to 6 months for the past 35 years, I’ve been to the dermatologist for treatment. This includes Efudex, Aldara cream, burning with liquid nitrogen, Mohs surgical procedures and a number of skin grafts. While medical insurance and medicare cover most of the costs, it takes one hour to drive there and many scars still remain from the dozens of treatments.
    Is there any responsibility for the manufacturer of Tetracycline to adequately warn patients of this risk?

    • teresa February 27, 2013 at 10:22 am

      I too had tetracycline prescribed to me in 1976 for acne and I was not warned about the side effects from sun exposure. My side effects resulted with a bacterial infection and deep scarring on my face. I have suffered so much from this over the last 36 years.

      • Larry D. March 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm

        Your story sounds similar to mine Teresa. Good luck and stay strong.

  • tammy goodall September 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    took massive doses of tetracycline as child from 1958-1967 due to frequent illness. it stained my permanent teeth. dr, appologized to my parents but it has made my life misrable.

    • leslie May 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      have you had any other heath problems i have the grey teeth and i could not have children i had to do infetility treatments just wonder if this is the reason the black teeth is bad also evey one thinks you did somthing like drugs i took it in 1973

      • JENNIFER ROGERS May 3, 2021 at 4:34 pm

        My teeth are the same way. Do you know if there is any kind of lawsuit for this.

  • pam January 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    in in 1988 i had an ear infection and was given tetracycline for it i took them three times a day i only had taken them for two days and i started to have blured vision and bad headaces i call my doctor and was told to only take them once day. On the fouth day my head was hurting so bad i couldn't see nor could i stand any light . I went to the hospital an my blood presure was so high they thought i was go to have a stroke i was only twenty seven.after the mri and cat scan they still didn't no want it was. I was put in the hos[pital and the next day the doctor came and told me i had something pseudotumor cerebri. all because of life has been ful of headaces and pain because of it.

    • Lisa November 24, 2012 at 12:42 am

      I now have pseudotumor cerebri, from taking tetracycline for 2 weeks at a high dosages, I really would like to sue, the drug company, I have had to go through so much.

      • Christine February 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm


        Can you email me? I'm trying to put together a group, especially for those that developed pseudotumor cerebri (or Intracranial Hypertension) from taking this drug to find out what we can do legally. I too only took it for 2 weeks and started experiencing vision loss, stiff neck, etc. I'm still on medication daily to control it.

        This side effect was not listed on the pamphlet from the pharmacy or given to me as a warning from my Dr.

        • diane March 10, 2014 at 4:10 am

          Oh I am so happy to find others who are battling this thanks to taking a antibonic I wasnt allergic to. Well until this past summer when I was given it to treat a so called sin. infection. First time I had ever experienced blisters on my toes, painful. My doctor thought I was crazy until he saw these blisters. Gave me another drug but still a family waited till blisters went away and tried new script and again blisters and what I thought was a sin. infection. Major vison problems, stiff neck, headache that has had me thinking death would be so much better many times as a cry in pain. Unable to function normal and hating life, sent to three specialists to find out IIH/p.tumor. I weight currently 93 lbs during the time this summer when I complianed to dr about these problems I weighed no more than 110. Spinal Tap….NIGHTMARE with a leak that made things worst resulted in a rush four days later for a blood patch. Now I am right back to having that dam headache, neck to point I cant move it, throwing up from vison problems and feeling worthless as a new divorced single mom to teenagers that I am fighting everyday with myself to just keep going for them. They willnt give me anything of the pain saying I have so many drug allergies as it is. Really?? the pain is making me lose my mind, my grip and control on life! Makes a person very bitchy being in constant pain. So what can one do? Experiencing this I can honestly say I know why some people find their meds on the street. If dr doesnt start finding a way to help me manage this so i can be super mom and actually work a full week I see myself NOT having a choice but to seek assistance from our local streets. Risk of losing our house and everything over this condition that I NEVER asked for or was WARNED about.

        • linda November 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm

          I took tetracycline in the 70s to help clear up my face. I don’t remember when my teeth turns yellow.

        • Julie Kesler November 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

          My daughter has been dealing with Pseudotumor Cerebri for over a year, She has been thru 3 surgeries, has had a VP shunt placed in front of head to help with fluid build up, yet still having same problems.

  • Cina March 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I was on tetracycline for rosacea for 14 years and never had site affect for this medicine.Now I can't by tetracycline because some manufacture problem and doctor gave me doxycycline.I think this same.

  • Karen July 24, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I was prescribed Tetracycline for ear infections in the 1960's. All I wanted for my High School Graduation was white teeth. My parents in 1977 took me to a local University Hospital to "bleach" my teeth. After several treatments using acid (removing my tooth enamel), determined that the staining was found to be completely through each tooth and there was nothing they could do. I refuse to have photo's taken and was teased all through my school years. I have never been able to afford caps, etc. I can't believe there has not been a successful lawsuit regarding this subject….

  • Hodgie October 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I was prescribed Tetracycline in 1965, long before the FDA or Pfizer disclosed the adverse side affect of discoloration to permanent teeth forming in a child. I had a serious infection and was given Tetracycline while in the hospital. Due to this, when my second teeth came in they were brown, yellow , ridged, with less enamel than a normal healthy set of teeth.
    I have suffered all my life without a smile! I could never understand why I, out of 8 children, was the only one with bad teeth. It wasn't until my 20's that my Mother gave me the truth. I have spent hours upon hours in dentist offices, either with cavities or having permanent teeth pulled because they could not be saved. Due to this fact, I have an honest fear of the dentist and have always been ashamed of my mouth, somehow, thinking I was responsible. I KNOW I am NOT!
    How can a Pfizer and the FDA discard this! They had not disclosed the warning of discoloration until the early 70's. I was given this medication in 1965. Pathetic! Shame on them! I am tired of continuing to open my checkbook and pay thousands of dollars in an attempt to give myself a smile. Pfizer and the FDA are responsible! I am going to act on this! I would hope and pray that others, like me, don't give up.

  • Gudmundur November 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I seems that there is not an end to the problem of the tetracycline effects on more than just the teeth but I agree most with Karen by that I was teased because of my yellow teeth and no later in life I believe that many of the aches and pain from joint and neurological problems there must be more of us to come together and make it known as such that the drugs were still given even after the medical society was well aware of its ill effects> I am not sure of the records because both of my parents have died,father AML, mother RCC.I am sure they would have supported the idea of the class action. The doctors said I had rheumatic fever and I was put on tetracycline it seems nearly three years and stopped abruptly in light of my adult teeth coming in. Telling my mother that it was a mistake I did not ever have rheumatic fever

  • Margi February 24, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I was born in 1961. I took tetracycline for chicken pox,when I was 4or 5 years old. A dentist prescribed tetracycline to me a few years Latef for an infection I i I had in my mouth. There were at least 3 other times I was prescribed tetracycline over a course of another 4 years. Well, my teeth are yellow; developed gingivitis, ans.have no lower back teeth and on my way losing more Matters wora, I have Constant earinfections which is attributed to the tetracycline later in life and that has something to do with. I have tried everything from the whitening srips lasr whitening. Pzier must be held accountable and must settle for the unfortunate people that need new White Teeth. And compensate those that have had health issues. Something has to be done now. It’s 5p years later and this has affected many people with yellow teeth and can’t smile with confidence along with low self esteem I can’t believe that This has gone on too long. Over 50 years later I an still suffering w4 bad ear infections and justabout losing the rest if my teeth. Anyone know the status on this lawsuit? And perhaps a dentist that would do pro Bono teeth for me? I’m took of my teeth; never neglected , and now I am almost with teeth and feel miserable especially with the cvertigo

  • jay May 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    hello i had i this drug as a young child my teeth were very yellow and crumble t cut long story short i have had to have all my teeth removed because they were so bad by the time i was 26 years of age i only had five teeth that belonged to me so now i have to wear dentures at 45 years of age no one has no idea how depressed i feel at work i go in the toilet to eat i have stopped going out what can i say this is life now for me cant afford implants unless i have cancer or have been it by a shovel sad life jay

  • Jason July 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    When I was a child, I was given Tetracycline for an ear infection in the early 70's. My teeth are grey and yellow as a result. My self-image and self-esteem withered and died as a result. My life has been ruined by Tetracycline. I'm 43 now, single, no long-term relationships, no kids, no home of my own, no stable job, no hope for the future. Thanks Tetracycline! (I'm curious, did any of the makers or sellers of this detrimental drug gave it to their own children?)

  • Paul July 31, 2014 at 12:17 am

    I took tetracycline for several years as a teenager from 77 to 80, I have yellowish teeth,I had digestion problems and surgery on a fissure in 86, ulcers and digestion problems continued for reasons unknown. in 91 a unexpected emergency room trip and a ICU week long stay complete with blood tranfusions and still no explanation. Then in 93 after several visits to the hospital a diagnoses of chrohns disease, and my health continues to be a daily struggle, there are no other members of my family with ulcers or chrohns,If any knows of any lawyers or lawfirms who specialize in tetracycline litigation, a quick email would be appreciated.

  • Nancy Masson July 31, 2015 at 3:14 am

    I am a victim of tetracycline stained teeth. My life has been compromised as a result. I would like to be part of a class-action lawsuit.

  • Steven Fortner March 20, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I was given tetracycline as a child for tonsillitis. I’ve had hypersensitive skin and migraines. I’ve fought all my life with the green teeth label. Let’s get a class action law suit started ASAP

  • Patrick clougherty April 1, 2016 at 1:56 am

    I was given tetracycline for an ear infection and have suffered the slow death green teeth an out cast all of my life in countless fist fights it ruined my life I would like to be contacted about starting a class action suite till you have suffered from it you will never know what it’s like it kills you socially bitter and mean what can we be heard

  • Renee G Martinez April 24, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Pfizer / Tetracycline

    Please Contact me of any class action lawsuit.

    Thank You

  • Johanna Clark May 3, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I took minocycline for 2 weeks in 1990, I was 16 years old. I told the dermatologist I was having headaches he said they could not possibly be from the minocycline so he prescribed another 30 days.

    I continued to have headaches and near the end of the 30 days, I woke up on a Sunday morning with double vision. I was so scared I did it to myself. My parents took me to the doctor and specialists and I was put in the hospital. I had a lumbar puncture and an MRI and was told I had pseudotumor cerebri and it was most likely cause by taking the minocycline.

    I am now 42 years old. I have suffered with these headaches since I was 16. I have recently found out I have a Chiari Malformation and syringomyelia. Chiari is a herniation of the cerebellum into the spinal canal and syringomyelia is a cyst (syrinx) inside the spinal cord. My neurosurgeon is pretty sure my history of pseudotumor cerebri is the reason for the current neurological conditions I have.

    I am so frustrated, mad, depressed, anxious etc. I am terrified about what my prognosis with these conditions and I have one dermatologist to thank for a lifetime of neurological problems.

    If there are any class action lawsuits…please count me in!

  • Marlene Nunez September 1, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Hi,I’m 51 years old and was given Tetracycline as very young child .I’ve had to live with dark discolored teeth most of my life.I’ve spent money on bleaching 3 times and it doesn’t work. I DON’T have a lot of money to get white teeth for other work.So many people I know also have the stains.The company should have to pay something for our dark smiles!

  • Jackie pantel January 18, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    My mom or me took thay crap & ir destroyed my life….my smile. Hp me back from.making friends finding jobs smiling in pictutes!!!!! I did not even sme at my daughter’s wedding!!!!!! I want compinsated!!! AT THE VERY LEAT I WANTY TEETH FIXED!!!! ALL THE JUDGMENT FRIM OTHER PPL?? WELL IN SO TIRED IT!!!!! I COULD HAVE FOUND ME A MAN BY NOW!!!!! But noooooo……who the hell wants a wife with green slimy TEETH?????&&&&&&&&&

  • olga April 24, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I almost die from tetracycline, the doctor prescription was 2000 mil a day for 20 days 4 pills of 500 mil a day. After that I was in hospitals for 2 years I am a life because I stop going to doctors I chose God he is helping me to get true this ,still have alot of problems with chemicals , cleaning products pesticides perfume I can allergy reaction when is Miles why I smile smile Smiles by

  • olga April 24, 2017 at 8:05 am

    When smell the product I get sick very sick my hearth go fast my eyes swollen muscles hurt very bad before I took tetracycline I never have problems have to quit so many jobs because the chemicals make me very sick and how I say it I never have this bad problem after after the overdose my life was never the same but God is in control and he is still helping me go through

  • Theresa Allan July 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    My daughter was on doxycycline (contains tetracycline) since December 2014. This past April she was hospitalized with a pseudotumor. The doctor who prescribed the medication verified that another dr in the office knew this could cause a pseudotumor when questioned. Do I have a legal case?

  • Jessica Ervin August 30, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Hi my name is Jessica I am as well as all these others that say they got affected by tetrocyclin poisoning of my teeth. I have Payed alot of dentists to look at my teeth and tell me my options and what their thoughts were.. I’m 26 yrs old and struggle with severe depression bc of my smile. . I just wish someone could help find a way to help me fix my smile or even get a case would be the most relieving thing they could do bc of what it has literally put me through. I am a very beautiful woman but with dark brown and yellow staining of my teeth if someone could help pls I am in desperate need thanks again.

  • Tykisha smith February 27, 2018 at 5:12 am

    I was giving this medicine when I was little to treat an infection due to my server asthma. It also ate all the enemal off my teeth. I use to be self conscious about my teeth because kids use to tease me because my teeth aren’t white. Use to get butter teeth. So can y’all help

  • Laura McKown May 3, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    My dentist gave me tetracycline back in the 60’s my teeth have always been yellow since then. I got teased a lot when I was young. Can you help me.

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