ATC Vet Code: QJ01AA06
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Antibiotic
Oxytetracycline is a bacteriostatic antibiotic that inhibits protein synthesis in susceptible bacteria. Inside the cell it binds irreversibly to receptors on the 30S subunit of the bacterial ribosome where it interferes with the binding of the aminoacyl-transfer RNA to the acceptor site on the messenger RNA ribosome complex. This effectively prevents the addition of amino acids to the elongating peptide chain, inhibiting protein synthesis. The product is specifically formulated to provide a prolonged action resulting in sustained antibacterial activity.
Oxytetracycline has a broad spectrum of activity, i.e. active against Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms. Oxytetracycline has been shown to be effective in vitro against the following bacterial species: Bordetella bronchiseptica, Corynebacterium pyogenes, Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, Escherichia coli, Histophilus somni, Pasteurella haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, Salmonella dublin, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Streptococcus faecalis, Streptococcus pyogenes and Streptococcus uberis.
Blood levels persist for at least 4 days after administration by the intramuscular route. Maximum blood levels are achieved between 4 and 8 hours following intramuscular administration.