The composition and stability of complexes of tetracycline and oxytetracycline with Cu(II), Cd(II), Pb(II) and UO[sub 2](II) have been studied polarographically (direct current and differential pulse polarographic techniques) at 25[+-]0.1 deg C. Differential pulse polarographic studies have been particularly helpful in deciding the nature of metal-drug interactions at low concentrations. The reduction of Cu(II)-tetracycline has been found to be irreversible and diffusion controlled with the presence of an adsorption component. In the system uranyl(II)-tetracycline the complex formed has a stoichiometry of 1:1 and log K[sub ox] = 4.04 which is very close to that obtained by potentiometric measurements. The peak half width W[sub 1/2] of the Pb(II)-OTC system is 60-70 mV indicating that the process is reversible and two electrons are consumed. The log [beta]' is 10.30 in 0.1 mol dm[sup -3] NaClO[sub 4]. In the Cu(II)-OTC system two complexes were formed with log [beta][sub 1]' = 8.50 and log [beta][sub 2]' = 14.10. Cyclic voltammograms were recorded using a hanging dropping mercury electrode for the systems Cu(II), Cd(II), Pb(II) and UO[sub 2](II)-OTC to examine the irregularities in both peak potentials and peak currents during the polarographic investigations. (authors).