Oxytetracycline

  • Most commonly prescribed for treating acne
  • Fights against spots and pimples
  • Very effective in reducing redness and inflammation of the skin

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Oxytetracycline 250mg Tablets

Acne affects 95% of us between the ages of 11 and 30. There is no quick fix when it comes to treating acne, instead; acne treatments are intended to fight against the acne causing bacteria and gradually clear it from the surface of the skin. You can buy Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets online from Medicine Direct, complete your online consultation and get started on your acne treatment plan.

What is Oxytetracycline?

Oxytetracycline belongs to the broad-spectrum tetracycline group of antibiotics. It is primarily prescribed to treat acne but can also be used for rosacea and other bacterial infections.

It comes in the form of a tablet and should be used for a minimum of 3 months when treating acne. This medicine is suitable for adults and children over 12 years old.

What is Oxytetracycline used to treat?

Oxytetracycline is most commonly prescribed for treating acne. Acne is a common skin problem, particularly in adolescents and young adults. The most common physical symptoms of this condition are blackheads, whiteheads, and red spots.

This broad-spectrum antibiotic is active against a wide range of bacteria, making it very effective at treating the signs and symptoms of acne by reducing inflammation and fighting against spots and pimples.

Aside from acne, Oxytetracycline can also treat bacterial infections like urine infections, yeast infections, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and chest infections.

Acne Symptoms

Oxytetracycline typically helps to reduce some of the main signs and symptoms of acne which include:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Red bumps underneath the skin (papules)
  • Pimples (papules with a pus-filled tip)
  • Nodules, lumps under the skin which can be painful
  • Pus filled lumps under the skin, (Cystic Lesions)

Acne symptoms usually appear on the face, back and chest.

Rosacea Symptoms

Oxytetracycline also helps to reduce some of the main signs and symptoms of Rosacea which include:

  • Redness that affects the nose, cheeks, and forehead
  • Burning or stinging sensation of the face
  • Broken blood vessels visible on the surface of the skin
  • Small pink or red bumps
  • Dry skin and swelling in areas such as eyelids

Although Oxytetracycline can help with the symptoms of Rosacea, it will not eradicate the triggers of your rosacea. It is recommended adopting lifestyle changes to ensure your rosacea triggers are avoided.

How does Oxytetracycline work?

Propionibacterium is the name of the bacteria that is most associated with creating spots; it feeds on the sebum that is produced in the skin by the sebaceous glands.

By feeding on the sebum, Propionibacterium produces waste products and fatty acids which irritate the sebaceous glands. This irritation causes the glands to become infected and inflamed, which creates spots and other symptoms of acne.

Oxytetracycline works by helping to prevent bacteria from producing the essential proteins required for bacteria to multiply and grow. As a result, this stops the spread of the infection; any bacteria that remains will either be killed by your immune system or die on its own.

Oxytetracycline dose

As an acne treatment, the average dose for adults between 18 and 65 years old is two tablets twice a day, ideally once in the morning and once in the evening.

Your doctor will review your acne after 3 months.

Condition

Dose

Rosacea 500mg twice daily for 6-12 weeks
Acne 500mg twice daily for minimum 3 months

Source - NICE

Always take the dose your doctor has told you to take.

How to take Oxytetracycline

Swallow Oxytetracycline tablets whole with a glass of water.

Take them on an empty stomach, either one hour before eating or two hours after eating.

Do not take Oxytetracycline immediately before you go to bed.

If you are taking any indigestion medicines, do not take them at the same time as Oxytetracycline; leave at least two hours between taking each medicine.

Do not take Oxytetracycline with any dairy products as they can affect how the medicine is absorbed.

Read the patient information leaflet for full information on dosage and instructions.

Common side effects of Oxytetracycline

Oxytetracycline can cause a number of side effects, the most common side effects are:

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sun sensitivity (you are likely to burn easier in direct sunlight)
  • Teeth stained/discoloration
  • Stomach irritation

Whilst these side effects will typically not affect everyone, they are still commonly reported amongst users of Oxytetracycline. We recommend reading the patient information leaflet to familiarise yourself with other, more serious side effects.

Alternatively, you can read our side effects tab.

Who can take Oxytetracycline?

Oxytetracycline is highly effective in treating acne in many cases, but it may not be suitable for everyone to use.

Do not take this medication without talking to your doctor if:

  • You are allergic to Oxytetracycline or any of the other ingredients contained in the medicine (refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
  • Your doctor has told you that you may be intolerant to certain sugars
  • You have any kidney problems
  • You have any liver problems
  • You have porphyria
  • You are suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • You are currently receiving any vitamin A or retinoid therapy
  • You suffer from myasthenia gravis

This medication is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years old.

Can you buy Oxytetracycline over the counter?

No, Oxytetracycline is only available on prescription, so it is not for sale over the counter.

Can you buy Oxytetracycline online in the UK?

Yes, you can buy Oxytetracycline online from regulated pharmacies, like Medicine Direct. However, as this medicine is prescription-only, you will first need to complete an online consultation questionnaire so that one of our prescribers can make sure Oxytetracycline is suitable for you.

Next day delivery is available if you place your order by 2pm.

Oxytetracycline alternatives

Several alternative medicines are available to treat acne. The likes of Erythromycin, Minocycline, Minocin and Tetralysal can also be bought from Medicine Direct after an online consultation. Each of these medicines are renowned for helping to treat the underlying causes of acne, but can also treat other conditions too.

Other tetracycline antibiotics that we sell include:

Additionally, we also stock topical medicines to help reduce redness and inflammation, such as:

  • Acnecide
  • Zineryt lotion
  • Duac gel
  • Dalacin T lotion
  • Finacea gel

Oxytetracycline Dosage and Directions

Our phramacist and prescribers follow NICE prescribing guidelines when prescribing Oxytetracycline

The dose you are required to take to treat acne will be decided by your doctor. Always follow their instructions when using this medication and be sure to read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start the course of treatment.

What if I forget to take it?

If you forget to take a dose of Oxytetracycline tablets, just take them as soon as you remember, unless it is nearly time to take your next scheduled dose. If it is nearly time for you to take your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue taking Oxytetracycline as normal.

You should never double dose any treatment to try and make up for missing a dose. This will not treat your acne any more effectively and may result in unwanted side effects.

To effectively fight acne, it is important you are consistent with your doses. To ensure you don’t forget a dose, try to take it at the same time every day. Some people find it helps to set an alarm as a reminder.

Can I drink alcohol while I use it?

Yes, it is safe to consume alcohol while taking Oxytetracycline; alcohol does not make this treatment any less effective.

What if I take more than I'm supposed to?

You should speak to your doctor if you accidentally take more Oxytetracycline tablets than you should have.

How long will I need to take it for?

The usual length of treatment is up to three months when taking Oxytetracycline for acne, although your doctor may instruct you to take it for a longer or shorter period.

What is Oxytetracycline used for?


Oxytetracycline is primarily used to treat the symptoms of Acne and Rosacea. It can be used for a number of other infections such as chlamydia, rickettsia and mycoplasma.

How long will it take for Oxytetracycline to completely clear my acne?


Typically is will take about 6 weeks until your start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. Oxytetracycline should be taken for a minimum of 3 months.

Is Oxytetracycline effective at treating acne?


Yes, Oxytetracycline belongs to the tetracycline antibiotics family of drugs which are renowned for treating the symptoms of acne.

What type of Acne does Oxytetracycline work for?


Oxytetracycline treats all forms of acne, such as facial, back acne and hormonal acne. The bacteria responsible for acne is largely the same despite where it may appear on your body.

How long should I take Oxytetracycline for?


You should take Oxytetracycline for a minimum of 3 months. At the end of the 3 months, your doctor will assess how well your symptoms have responded to treatment.

How long can I take Oxytetracycline for?


In most cases Oxytetracycline will successfully treat symptoms within 4 to 6 months. In more severe cases you may need to take this medicine for up to 2 years or longer.

What happens if Oxytetracycline does not clear my acne?


You will need to take Oxytetracycline for a minimum of 3 months before it starts to clear your acne. If during that time there has been no improvement to your symptoms, your doctor will discuss alternative treatment options with you.

Will my acne come back if I stop using Oxytetracycline?


There is more chance of your acne returning if you stop taking Oxytetracycline prematurely. For the full effects, you should take this medicine for 6 months which will reduce the likelihood of your acne returning.

Will Oxytetracycline make my acne worse before it gets better?


Tetracycline antibiotics can usually make acne worse before it gets better. This is known as a skin purge and usually happens at the start of your treatment. It will usually clear after 2-4 weeks once your body and skin gets used to the treatment.

Can I use Oxytetracycline for Rosacea?


Yes, Oxytetracycline can also be used to treat the symptoms of Rosacea. However it will not completely cure or help to stop the triggers of Rosacea.

Will I get any side effects when taking Oxytetracycline?


As with all medicine, there is a chance you may experience side effects. The most common side effects of Oxytetracycline include, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sun sensitivity, teeth discoloration and stomach irritation.

Is Oxytetracycline the same as Tetracycline?


Oxytetracycline belongs to the Tetracycline antibiotics family of drugs. They both belong to the same family of drugs and a largely prescribed to treat the same conditions.

Will Oxytetracycline cause my skin to breakout?


It is possible that within the first 2 weeks of your treatment that Oxytetracycline may cause an acne breakout. As Oxytetracycline kills the acne causing bacteria on your skin, this allows other cells to increase in volume on the surface of the skin which can irritate the skin. However your skin will quickly become used to them and the initial breakout should subside within a further 2 weeks. 

When should I take Oxytetracycline?


The typical dose of Oxytetracycline is 500mg twice daily. It is recommended to take 2 x 250mg tablets in the morning and 2 at night. However you should try and take your tablets at least one hour before you go to bed.

Can I drink alcohol when taking Oxytetracycline?


Yes, it is safe to drink alcohol whilst taking Oxytetracycline.

Oxytetracycline Serious Side Effects

The more common Oxytetracycline side effects can be found on the main product description tab.

In rare cases, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to this medication and require urgent treatment in hospital.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should either call 999 or go to A&E straight away:

  • You develop a skin rash that is red, swollen, itchy, blistering or peeling
  • You are wheezing
  • You have tightness in the chest or throat
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or talk
  • You have swelling in the mouth, tongue, throat, face or lips

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet before taking any medication, for the full list of side effects of Oxytetracycline.

If you have any concerns or questions at all, we strongly advise you to speak to your doctor before you start to use this to treat your acne.

Oxytetracycline Warnings and drug interactions

As with all medications, Oxytetracycline may interact with other medications.

Before starting any new course of medicine, you should always tell your doctor if you are already taking any other treatments. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

In particular, you should inform your doctor if you are currently using any of the following:

  • Any penicillin medication, such as amoxicillin, to treat infection
  • Vitamin A
  • Anticoagulants (drugs to thin your blood)
  • Lithium
  • Oral contraceptives (Oxytetracycline can make these less effective)
  • Diuretics (water tablets)
  • Kaolin-pectin and bismuth subsalicylate (to treat diarrhoea)
  • Any medicines you may be using to treat diabetes
  • Methoxyflurane
  • Any medicines that contain aluminium, iron, calcium, magnesium, bismuth or zinc salts

Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to take any new medicines. This leaflet will accompany your medication and will be contained in the packet.

If you have any questions or concerns about your new medicine, we strongly advise that you discuss them with your doctor before you start your course of treatment.

For more information on medicines that interact with Oxytetracyline.

If you order this medicine online, you should only ever do so from a pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, like Medicine Direct. This will ensure you only purchase a genuine version of Oxytetracycline. Acne treatments, like most medicines, are often sold as fakes and may be unsafe to use.

Order with Medicine Direct for an online consultation with a certified doctor, who will prescribe this medicine if they believe it to be a suitable cure for your acne. If you order before 2pm, we can offer next day delivery on your product.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Oxytetracycline is not usually recommended as a treatment for women who are pregnant. If you are currently pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant, you should inform your doctor before you start to take Oxytetracycline tablets.

Similarly, you should not take this medication without speaking to your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Oxytetracycline can get into your breast milk, which may be harmful to your baby. Learn more about taking oxyteracycline during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Oxytetracycline Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Oxytetracycline dihydrate

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

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

Updated on: 24/08/2021

Published on: 12/10/2020

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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