Lymecycline 408mg antibiotic (tetracycline) capsules to treat acne. Reduces infection, inflammation, whiteheads, and blackheads.Start order
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Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.
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Lymecycline 480mg capsules are taken once daily for the treatment of acne. Lymecycline belongs to the tetracycline group of antibiotics. Surface skin bacteria cause infection and inflammation of acne spots. Lymecycline reduces infection and also reduces whitehead and blackhead formation and inflammation.
It can take up to 8 weeks of treatment before acne improves. Lymecycline can be continued long-term for many months and even years, although after some months it may become less effective in cases where skin bacteria become resistant.
New advice (December 2016)
It is currently recommended that antibiotics are not used continuously to treat acne for more than 4 months at a time. Longer continuous use can lead to antibiotic resistance and reduced effectiveness. After 4 months Lymecycline should be stopped. It can be restarted later if acne returns.
How to take
Lymecycline should be taken with a glass of water or other drink, usually in the morning. It should not be taken within 2 hours of some medicines, particularly indigestion tablets or tablets containing calcium, aluminium, magnesium, zinc or iron - see the manufacturer’s Lymecycline patient information leaflet for further details about other interacting medicines.
Lymecycline side effects and cautions
Not suitable for children under 12 years, and only available from Dr Fox to over 18s.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women should NOT take Lymecycline. It is also not suitable for people with a medical history of liver or kidney disease, systemic lupus erythematosus or Myasthenia Gravis.
As with any medicine Lymecycline can cause side effects, although these rarely require the capsules to be stopped. Heartburn and indigestion, inflammation of the mouth, and a flare up of thrush are all possible, as are discolouration of teeth and inflammation of the pancreas and liver damage and diarrhoea and intestinal upset.
Allergic or sensitivity reactions require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of this include facial swelling and difficulty breathing or severe reddening and generalised peeling and blistering of the skin. These reactions are rare and usually occur at the start of treatment.
When Lymecycline is started, for a week to 10 days, oral contraceptive pills may be ineffective and additional non-pill contraception is required during this period until the body adjusts.
Lymecycline, like other tetracyclines, can increase sensitivity to sunshine and UV light, exposure to which should be reduced and where possible be avoided.
What are alternative acne treatments?
Antibiotics by mouth, such as Lymecycline, may be more effective than topical antibiotic acne treatments although where topical treatments are effective, switching to oral antibiotics should not be necessary.
Minocycline is an alternative type of tetracycline used to treat acne, although is not popular with some skin specialists because of the risk of liver problems. Macrolide antibiotic, such as erythromycin, are sometimes prescribed as an alternative to tetracyclines.
Topical peeling and anti-inflammatory preparations can be used whist Lymecycline is being taken e.g benzoyl peroxide, Isotrex and Epiduo. These work differently from antibiotics and combined therapy may confer additional benefit, if a single agent is not working on its own. Single agent treatment is preferred where it is effective, as the side effect potential and interactions are reduced.
Patient information leaflet
The 'Patient Information Leaflet' supplied with medication must be read before use.Start order
Authored 19 November 2015 by Dr Tony Steele, MB ChB
Reviewed 18 November 2016 by Dr B. Babor, MB ChB
Last updated 18 May 2017
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