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Lymecycline (Tetralysal)

Lymecycline tablets for effective acne treatment

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What is Lymecycline?

Lymecycline is a type of antibiotic, meaning that it is used to fight against bacteria.

It is most commonly used to treat moderate to severe acne. However, it can also be prescribed for the treatment of chest infections and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Please note: Lymecycline can only be prescribed for acne if you are already using a topical treatment (either Epiduo gel or Skinoren).

If you aren’t already using a topical treatment, you can purchase one of our Lymecycline combination packs. These contain either:

How does Lymecycline work for acne?

Just like any antibiotic that treats acne, Lymecycline works by killing acne-causing bacteria.

Lymecycline works best to treat moderate or severe acne when it is combined with a topical cream (like Epiduo or Skinoren).

These anti-acne creams work in a complementary way with Lymecycline and are able to target the affected areas directly.

How long does it take to work?

For acne, you will likely keep taking Lymecycline for 8-12 weeks.

Antibiotics take some time to start working, so you’ll probably start noticing improvements in your skin after a few weeks.

If you haven’t seen any improvements after 8 weeks of treatment, tell your doctor. They might suggest that you try an alternative acne treatment.

You can take Lymecycline for up to 6 months if your doctor thinks it is appropriate to do so.

How do I take Lymecyline?

Lymecycline comes in the form of a tablet, which you should take once per day with a glass of water.

Whilst it is not recommended to combine alcohol and antibiotics, it is safe to drink in moderation when taking Lymecycline.

Lymecycline instructions

  1. The normal dose for people with moderate to severe acne is one capsule per day.
  2. Take this capsule (preferably in the morning) with a glass of water after a light breakfast.
  3. Whilst dairy doesn’t affect the absorption of Lymecycline, try to avoid consuming dairy products before taking your dose.

When taking Lymecycline for acne, you will also be using a topical cream every day on your skin. This will also be applied either once or twice per day.

What are the precautions?

Talk to your doctor before taking Lymecycline if you:

  • have ever had liver or kidney problems
  • have an autoimmune disease called lupus
  • suffer from a condition called Myasthenia Gravis

When taking Lymecycline, make sure to avoid exposure to sunlight or UV light from sunbeds, as the treatment can make your skin more sensitive.

You should stop the treatment and consult with your doctor if you experience any skin problems whilst taking this antibiotic.

Remember to take your antibiotic capsule with a full glass of water.

Please note: If you take too many capsules, phone your doctor or visit your nearest hospital, even if you are feeling okay.

Is it safe to take other medicines with Lymecycline?

Some types of medication won’t work as well when they are taken with Lymecycline. Or, they might reduce how well Lymecycline works.

It is advised that you wait 2 hours between taking Lymecycline and the following medicines:

  • indigestion medicines
  • ulcer healing drugs
  • Quinapril (for high blood pressure)
  • any supplements or vitamins containing zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, or aluminium
  • Didanosine for HIV

If you are taking any form of contraceptive pill, it might not work as effectively if you are taking Lymecycline.

Make sure to use another form of barrier contraception such as a condom.

What are the side effects?

As is the case with all types of medicine, there is a chance you will experience some side effects whilst taking Lymecycline. These are completely normal - although not everyone will get them.

Common side effects include:

Common side effects of Lymecycline
  • nausea (feeling sick)
  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • thrush

Tell your doctor immediately or go to your nearest emergency services if you experience any of the following:

  • swollen face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • difficulty breathing
  • hives

This might indicate that you are having an allergic reaction to the medicine.

Who can use Lymecycline?

Whilst most people can safely take Lymecycline, this treatment is not suitable if you:

  • are allergic to Lymecycline or any other types of tetracycline antibiotics
  • are allergic to any of the other ingredients in this medicine
  • have ever had kidney disease

Can I take Lymecycline during pregnancy?

It is NOT safe to take Lymecycline or any other kind of tetracycline antibiotic if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

The use of these medicines can affect the proper growth and development of a foetus, particularly the development of teeth. It may also cause permanent discolouration.

Can I buy Lymecycline online?

Yes, you can purchase Lymecycline online here at euroClinix. For the treatment of acne, you must purchase one of our combination packs.

These contain both Lymecycline tablets and a topical acne cream.

However, if you are already using either Epiduo or Skinoren, we can prescribe you just the Lymecycline capsules.

To buy online, simply answer a few medical questions to complete your online consultation. Once you’ve been approved by one of our doctors, we’ll dispatch your order with free delivery.

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Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Caroline Fontana Written by our editorial team Last reviewed 16-04-2024
Lymecycline (Tetralysal) information
Product name Lymecycline (Tetralysal)
Active ingredient(s) Lymecycline
Manufacturer Galderma
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Availability Out of stock
Description Lymecycline can treat moderate to severe acne symptoms when used with a topical cream
Exemption Subject to medical prescription
Administration Oral
Presentation Capsules
Available dosage 408 mg once daily
Application Adults with moderate to severe acne
Drug class Tetracyclines
Alcohol consumption No influence
When pregnant/breastfeeding No influence

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