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Does excess intake of Tetracycline stunt growth?

I have two related questions ~~ When I was about 12 yrs old {around 1975}, I was diagnosed with PLEVA.... I am not entirely certain that dx was correct. How can I find out for certain if it was Mucha Haberman or chicken pox? At that time I was put on high doses of Tetracycline -- not sure of the dose, but it was four large capsules a day, in addition to some other medication that we were told was to help keep the Tetracycline from making me nauseous. I stopped growing that summer. I am 5 3 . The rest of my family ranges from 5 7 - 6 4 . I have been told the Tetracycline may have stunted my growth. Could this be true?
Fri, 13 Sep 2013
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welcome!
let me make it clear,tetracycline causes yellow discolouration of teethif used below 8 yrs of age.it has no role in stunting the growth.
hope i have sorted out your query.
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