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Uracil is a heterocyclic aromatic organic compound that can be used as a pharmaceutical drug since it has anti-cancer properties. It also helps plants to carry out many necessary processes and cell functions through bonding with riboses and phosphates. Uracil also has a wide area of application in agriculture, where it is used to determine the microbial contamination of a variety of vegetables. Further, it is also used in pesticides, which help in controlling the growth of weed in cotton, sugar, sunflower and many other plantations.

Key Points :

  • Unsaturated compound which can absorb light
  • Undergoes reactions like nitration, oxidation, etc
  • Can react with elemental halogens
  • Recycles itself to form nucleotides
Uracil is a tetracycline. Tetracyclines are often used to treat infections; however, Uracil will not treat infection. It works by reducing skin inflammation caused by rosacea.

Do NOT use Uracil if:

  • You are allergic to any ingredient in Uracil or to another tetracycline (eg, minocycline)
  • You are taking acitretin, isotretinoin, methoxyflurane, or a penicillin antibiotic (eg, amoxicillin)
  • You have recently received or will be receiving a live oral typhoid vaccine
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Uracil:

Some medical conditions may interact with Uracil. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • If you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • If you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • If you have diarrhea, a history of kidney or liver problems, the blood disease porphyria, lupus, or recurring fungal infections in the mouth
  • If you have a history of stomach surgery (eg, gastric bypass surgery for weight loss) or other conditions that may cause a low amount of acid in your stomach
  • If you use tanning booths, sunlamps, or spend a lot of time in the sun

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Uracil. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following :

  • Acitretin, isotretinoin, or methoxyflurane because the risk of increased pressure in the brain and fatal kidney toxicity may be increased
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), digoxin, or methotrexate because their risk of side effects and toxic effects may be increased by Uracil
  • Hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), iron, proton pump inhibitors (eg, omeprazole), or urinary alkalinizers (eg, sodium bicarbonate) because they may decrease Uracil's effectiveness
  • Live oral typhoid vaccine, hormonal birth control (eg, birth control pills), or penicillins (eg, amoxicillin) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Uracil

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Uracil may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.