- 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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What is Oxytetracycline?
Oxytetracycline belongs to the broad-spectrum tetracycline group of antibiotics.
It comes in the form of a tablet and is a prescription-only medication. Oxytetracycline is the name for this medicine and is also the active ingredient contained within it.
You can buy Oxytetracycline from Medicine Direct when you have been prescribed it by a doctor. We sell the standard dose of Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets, and if you order before 2pm we can offer you next day delivery on your purchase.
What is Oxytetracycline used to treat?
Oxytetracycline is most commonly prescribed for treating acne. This broad-spectrum antibiotic is active against a wide range of bacteria, making it a very effective acne treatment, reducing inflammation and fighting against spots and pimples.
Propionibacterium is the name of the bacteria 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, grow and increase in numbers. 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, eventually.
Who can take Oxytetracycline?
Oxytetracycline is highly effective in treating acne in many cases, but it may not suitable for everyone to use.
Do not take this medication without taking 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.
Possible Side Effects
As with any medication to treat acne, Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets do come with a risk of certain side effects.
Not everyone will get side effects while using this treatment, but you should speak to your doctor if you experience any of the following while using Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets:
- You have a headache
- You have diarrhoea
- You suffer from nausea or any abdominal pain
- You develop thrush
- You have inflammation of the bowels (colitis)
- You have inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- You suffer from any blood disorders
- You have yellowing of the skin or around the whites of the eyes (could be a sign of jaundice)
- Your skin becomes sensitive to sunlight
- You have a skin rash or irritation of the skin, changes of skin colour or texture of the skin
- You have difficulty swallowing or irritation of the throat
- You have raised pressure in the skull, resulting in persistent headaches or blurred vision
Please not that the above list is not exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medication, for the full list of side effects of Oxytetracycline.
More serious adverse reactions of this treatment can be found on the Side Effects tab on this page.
Oxytetracycline Dosage and Directions
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.
Take two Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets twice a day, ideally in the morning and evening.
Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets are for oral consumption only and should be swallowed whole with a drink of water.
You should take Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets either one hour before you eat or two hours after. Do not take them immediately before you go to bed.
Do not take Oxytetracycline at the same time as any indigestion tablets.
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns, before you start to take the medication.
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.
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Oxytetracycline Serious Side Effects
The more common Oxytetracycline side effects can be found on the main product page.
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)
- 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
- 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.
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.
The active ingredient contained in this medicine is oxytetracycline.
Inactive ingredients also contained are: maize starch, pregelatinized maize starch, povidone, sodium starch glycolate, sodium lauryl sulphate, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (E171), quinoline yellow (E104), hydroxypropyl cellulose (E463), sunset yellow (E110), hypromellose, ethylcellulose and dibutyl phthalate.
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