Lymecycline Capsules (408mg)

  • Effective in the treatment of Acne
  • Reduces redness and inflammation of the skin
  • Prevents skin pores from clogging
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What is Lymecycline?

Lymecycline is a tetracycline broad-spectrum antibiotic. It is available as Lymecycline 408mg capsules and can be purchased online from a UK registered pharmacy such as Medicine Direct, when you have a prescription.

What is Lymecycline used for?

Lymecycline tablets are used as a treatment for various infections, but they are predominantly used in the treatment of acne. The antibiotic works by reducing the redness and inflammation which occurs during acne breakouts, but it also prevents the skin's pores from clogging.

It is only available on prescription and is often sold under the brand name of Tetralysal 300.

Who can take Lymecycline?

Lymecycline is an effective treatment for acne, but it may not be suitable for everyone.

This medicine is safe to be taken by adults and children over 12 years old.

It is not normally recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or are breastfeeding, you should consult your doctor before taking Lymecycline as there may be a more suitable treatment for you.

To ensure that it Lymecycline is safe for you to use, you should inform your doctor if you:

  • Have liver problems
  • Have kidney problems
  • Have ever had an allergic reaction to Lymecycline or any other medicine in the past
  • Have an autoimmune disease called lupus
  • Have the muscle-weakening condition myasthenia gravis

When on a course of Lymecycline, alcohol will not affect the benefits of this medicine when consumed in moderation.

Possible side effects

As is the case with all medicines, Lymecycline comes with the risk of certain side effects.

If you are using this medicine, common side effects include:

  • Feeling sick
  • Headaches or visual disturbances
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach pain

This list is not exhaustive; for the full list of undesired effects, please refer to our Side Effects tab on this page.

If you experience any of the above reactions, keep taking the medicine to treat your acne, but inform your doctor if these symptoms persist or bother you.

Lymecycline Dosage

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE prescribing guidelines when prescribing Lymecycline.

You should always make sure you read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before taking any medication. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure.

As an acne treatment, the patient should take one tablet each day. You will usually be recommended to take this tablet in the morning.

Lymecycline should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.

The medicine can be taken with or without food, but if you do take it with food you are less likely to feel sick afterwards.

Your doctor will usually review your progression after 8 weeks of taking the medicine.

What if I forget to take it?

If you forget to take this medicine, just take the dose as soon as you remember, as long as it is not too close your next scheduled dose. Do not double dose to try and make up for a missed dose.

You can improve your chances of remembering to take your treatment by taking it at the same time every day.

What if I take more than I should have?

Taking an additional dose of Lymecycline is unlikely to do you any harm.

You should contact your doctor if you take more than one extra dose or you become concerned.

Lymecycline FAQ's

What are alternative acne treatments?

There are various different medicines and remedies used to treat acne, but this depends on the type of acne you have as to which will be the most effective. Other antibiotics are available which aid in acne treatment, such as erythromycin. Alternative medicines can be discussed with your doctor, who will give you a prescription based on your individual needs. Supplements such as zinc and sulphur, as well as vitamin A tablets, can also help to reduce redness and treat acne. Acne can also be prevented or lessened in many cases by improving your diet, reducing stress and drinking plenty of water; breakouts are often reactions to your lifestyle. Creams and applicators have been beneficial to many who have acne.

Will Lymecycline help with acne scars?

Lymecycline can help to reduce the redness left behind from acne spots. However, it does not get rid of acne scarring.You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist about ways you can reduce or treat the appearance of acne scars.

Can you open or crush Lymecycline capsules?

Lymecycline capsules should be swallowed whole. You should not open, halve or crush the capsules.

Can Lymecycline make you constipated?

Constipation is not a common side effect of taking this medicine. However, you may experience diarrhoea while using it, and if this symptom persists you should consult your doctor. If you do become constipated while using Lymecycline, and this problem does not go away, you should speak to your doctor.

What are the benefits of taking Lymecycline?

Lymecycline is part of a group prescription of medicines known as tetracycline antibiotics. These antibiotics kill the bacteria that forms acne spots by blocking the proteins they need to survive. This is not an instant cure for acne, and it can take several weeks for you to notice the full benefits of Lymecycline. However, you should start to see an improvement after just one week of treatment. For this reason, it is important you are consistent with taking these antibiotics.

How do I buy Lymecycline online?

This medicine is available to purchase online when you have a prescription from a doctor.You can buy it online from Medicine Direct once one of our certified doctors has conducted an online consultation and concluded that this antibiotic treatment is the best course of action for you.

Lymecycline Serious Side Effects

It is not uncommon to experience side effects as a result of taking this medicine; the most common adverse effects can be found on the main product page.

In rarer cases, it is possible you may suffer from more serious adverse effects of this drug.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should stop taking the medicine immediately and consult your doctor:

  • Pale stools
  • Your skin becomes very sensitive to sunlight
  • Dark urine
  • Yellowing of the skin or the whites of your eyes (this can be a sign of liver problems)

In some cases, you may suffer a severe allergic reaction to Lymecycline.

If any of the below symptoms occur, you should stop taking the medication and either call 999 or go to A&E immediately; you may require treatment in hospital:

  • You find it difficult to speak or breathe
  • You develop a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, peeling or blistering
  • Your face, lips, tongue, mouth or throat starts to swell
  • You are wheezing
  • You have a tightness in your chest or throat.

This list is not exhaustive. You should always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start taking any form of medication.

You should never take this medicine without a prescription.

Lymecycline Warnings and drug interactions

Lymecycline may not react well with other drugs. You should let your doctor know if you are currently taking any of the below medications before you start using Lymecycline:

  • Remedies for indigestion (antacids)
  • Medicines to treat epilepsy (for example phenytoin or carbamazepine)
  • Iron supplements
  • Quinapril, a medicine for high blood pressure or heart failure
  • Warfarin or any other blood thinning medicines
  • Diuretic tablets to make you urinate more
  • Any acne medicines that contain vitamin A
  • Supplements which contain aluminium, bismuth, calcium, magnesium or zinc

It is important that you inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are currently taking any other medication. This includes prescription and non-prescription medicines, supplements, vitamins and herbal remedies.

There are no known risks associated with taking Lymecycline with supplements, but you should make sure you inform your doctor if you are currently taking any supplements that contain either aluminium, bismuth, calcium, magnesium or zinc.

For more information on medicines that interact with Lymecyline Capsules.

Do not take Lymecycline unless your doctor has given you a prescription for it. Only order it online if it is from a UK registered pharmacy, such as Medicine Direct.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Tetracyclines such as Lymecycline are not usually prescribed to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your should always inform your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant while taking Lymecycline. 

Your doctor will assess your condition and weigh the benefits against the risks of you taking Lymecycline during pregnacy and breastfeeding

Lymecycline Ingredients

Each tablet contains lymecycline 408mg as an active ingredient.

Each capsule also contains gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), erythrosine (E127), quinoline yellow (E104) and indigotine (E132).

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This page has recently been medically reviewed by Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Published on: 12/10/2020

Updated on: 20/05/2021

This content has been written by James Nuttall and has been medically reviewed by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh.

Superintendent pharmacist Hussain Abdeh at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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