Oxytetracycline is an antibiotic treatment for acne. It reduces the inflammation on your skin and fights the bacteria which cause spots and skin lesions.
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3 month course / 336 tablet(s) - £40.00
How should I take Oxytetracycline?
Most importantly, you need to take Oxytetracycline as your doctor advises. You should take tablets one hour before or two hours after a meal. You need to swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water. You should not take the tablets just before you go to bed.
If you are an adult or child over 12: Take 1-2 tablets (250mg-500mg) daily for 3 days. Your doctor will decide the dosage which is best for you. Children under 12 should not take Oxytetracycline as it can cause tooth discolouration and can affect bone development.
If you overdose, seek medical assistance immediately.
If you forget to take a tablet, take it as soon as you remember. If this is near the time or your next due dosage, do not double dose, but skip the missed dose and continue as normal. You must not take the medicine with food or milk as it may make treatment less effective.
The active substance is oxytetracycline dehydrate (250mg or 500mg depending on the dosage of the tablet). The other ingredients in the tablet are magnesium stearate, maize starch, hydroxypropyl cellulose (E463), colloidal silica, sodium lauryl sulphate, propylene glycol, sunset yellow (E110), quinoline yellow (E104), titanium dioxide (E171), methylhydroxypropyl cellulose (E464) and purified talc (E553).
Do I need a prescription
Yes. You can get this from your doctor or online at Zava.
What do the tablets look like?
The tablets are yellow, circular and biconvex.
Oxytetracycline side effects
If any of the following side effects occur, seek medical assistance:
- Allergic reaction (swollen lips and face, itchy skin, difficulty breathing)
- Symptoms of raised pressure in the skull (headache, visual problems, blurred vision, blind spots, double vision)
- High sensitivity to sunlight
You should tell your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Discolouration of teeth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swelling of the gullet
- Loss of appetite
- Redness of the skin, flaky skin
- Thrush or irritation round anus and genitals
If you experience any of these side effects or any others, consult your doctor.
Oxytetracycline belongs to a group of antibiotics called the tetracyclines. It is used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections, as well as acne.
The oxytetracycline antibiotic targets the bacteria which inflame the skin when you have acne. The treatment works since the antibiotic kills the bacteria which contribute to your acne (Propionebacterium acnes). This bacteria feeds on the sebum produced by glands in the skin. These bacteria produce waste products that inflame the sebaceous glands, producing whiteheads and itchy, red skin. By using an antibiotic treatment to control the growth of the bacterial population which result in acne, your acne can be managed.
You should not stop your treatment without your doctor’s consent, even if your skin has cleared up. If you stop without consent, you may get recurring acne, which is more severe. As with all antibiotic treatments, it is important you finish the course as prescribed.
There are many common myths about what causes acne. A bad and unbalanced diet is, of course, bad for your general health. However, no clinical studies have shown a direct link between food and acne. Many people think that stress can bring on acne. However, this is not true; it can only worsen your acne if you already suffer from it. The best thing to do is to follow your treatment plan and remember to take your pills at the correct time.
Yes you can apply makeup whilst suffering from acne and whilst taking treatment. However, greasy makeup may be contributing to inflaming your skin and worsening your acne. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid greasy makeup whilst you have acne.
You can still take oral contraceptives whilst on this treatment. However, the treatment may make oral contraceptives less effective. During the time of treatment and for at least 7 days after you stop treatment, you should take extra precautions. These may include using a condom and extra spermicide.
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients in the tablets
- You have had long term kidney or liver problems
- You have systemic lupus erythematosus (rashes on the face, hair loss, fever and joint pain)
- You are under 12
- You are pregnant or breast feeding
You must inform your doctor if you suffer myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness, difficulty chewing and swallowing and slurred speech) or if you have reduced kidney or liver function.
- Vitamin A
- Retinoids (acitretin, isotretinoin and tretinoin to treat acne)
- Oral contraceptives
- Anticoagulants (i.e. warfarin)
- Diuretics (i.e. furosemide)
- Kaolin-pectin and bismuth subsalicylate (for the treatment of diarrhoea)
- Medicines to treat diabetes (i.e. insulin, glibenclamide or gliclazide)
- Methoxyflurane (anaesthetic; tell your doctor if you are due to have an operation)
- Antacids or other preparations containing aluminium, calcium, iron, magnesium, bismuth or zinc salts ( you should not take these at the same time as you take your Oxytetracycline)
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