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Tetralysal belongs to a group of medicines called tetracycline antibiotics.
The main use of Tetralysal is to treat acne. Acne appears as blackheads and whiteheads which people often refer to as pimples or spots.
Tetralysal attacks the bacteria that are one of the main causes of acne. The name of these bacteria is propionibacterium acnes.
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. Please read the manufacturers patient information leaflet at the bottom of the page for full details.
Any oral antibiotics for Acne should not be taken for longer than 3 months, and should be used in combination with a topical preparation (please read the important acne information if unsure). This is due to the possibility of resistant bacteria forming and reducing effectiveness. Once your acne is controlled, you should step down treatment to a topical preparation. You can always restart if you have a flare up of your acne.
Please note, it can take up to 8 weeks to see benefits from oral treatment for acne.
Lymecycline side effects and cautions
Lymecycline should not be taken by anyone under the age of 12. Ask A Pharmacist do not provide any treatments for people under the age of 18 years.
Pregnant and breastfeeding 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.
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.
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Please read the Patient Information Leaflet for more detailed information prior to placing any orders