Medication features:

  • A tetracycline antibiotic
  • Destroys bacteria
  • Improvement after 1 week


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Price £17.49

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What is Lymecycline

Acne is caused by a normally harmless bacteria which lives on the skin. When a hair follicle gets blocked it causes either a white or black head and this bacteria can then infect the follicle and cause a number of acne related reactions including papules, nodules, pustules and cysts. lymecycline is an antibiotic in the family of tetracycline antibiotics and it specifically targets and destroys the bacteria which causes moderate to severe acne.

There are many myths around acne which are entirely untrue such as acne being contagious or being caused by dirty skin and poor hygiene. In terms of healing acne, the only way to get rid of it is to treat it effectively with medication such as the antibiotic lymecycline though the type of treatment recommended will be based on the acne you have.

What is contained in Lymecycline?

The active ingredient in each tablet is lymecycline.

The inactive ingredients which make up the rest of each tablet include magnesium stearate, colloidal silica, titanium dioxide, erythrosine, gelatin, quinoline yellow and indigo carmine.

What are the side effects of Lymecycline?

Some people may experience mild to severe side effects, and others may experience none at all; it is entirely dependent on how well your body can tolerate the medication.

The most common side effects of lymecycline include:

  • nausea
  • headaches
  • stomach pains
  • diarrhoea

Other potential side effects include visual disturbances, dizziness and sensitivity to UV light/sunlight.

Severe side effects are unlikely, but if you experience those listed below or any other side effects not listed here, then contact your doctor immediately:

  • colitis
  • pancreatitis
  • raised pressure in the skull leading to a persistent headache
  • unexplained bruising
  • fever
  • infections

Other Warnings to consider

Due to the potential sensitivity to UV light or sunlight, you can find your skin burning more easily and quickly than before if you are outside in the sun. As such, patients using lymecycline should apply a block each day to affected areas.

it should not be taken by breastfeeding or pregnant women or those diagnosed with reduced kidney function unless otherwise recommended.

If you take the oral contraceptive and find that you experience diarrhoea or vomiting as a side effect of taking lymecycline within two hours, then it's important to be aware that your pill may not have been absorbed by your body and as such, you might not be protected against pregnancy. Use a secondary form of protection for a few days.

If you or anyone takes too many capsules, then go straight to the nearest A and E for medical help.

Can I Buy Lymecycline Online?

Lymecycline is a prescription-only medication for acne, and you can get your prescription and purchase your medication online at Click Pharmacy. Once you fill in a brief questionnaire, our doctor will confirm that this is the best treatment for you based on your answers. If they feel it is not appropriate, this will be discussed with you, and alternative treatments can be prescribed.

Once you have your prescription, you can purchase lymecycline via the Click Pharmacy site, and it will be sent directly to you via next-day delivery when possible.

Why choose Lymecycline?

With only one dose required a day, it is simple and easy to take. It can also be used alongside a topical antibacterial medication and allowing the user to treat the spots both internally and externally at once.

Lymecycline would be prescribed if you have acne, which is developing due to the bacteria on your skin, and it would work to destroy this bacteria as this particular antibiotic is highly effective at this job.

For many women, another benefit of lymecycline is that you can wear makeup whilst using it, though ideally, it is recommended you choose an oil-free option which will not encourage the development of comedones (black and white heads|).

How effective is Lymecycline?

This particular antibiotic is mainly prescribed in the healing of acne due to its effectiveness at destroying the bacteria which causes it, and although it usually takes a few weeks to see the full benefits from your course of medication, many people do see improvements in their skin in as little as a week.

How should I take Lymecycline?

Take one tablet once a day at the same time with a glass of water. If you forget to take a dose, then either skip it if you are close to your next dose or take it as soon as you remember it. Do not take two tablets at once.

So as to avoid reducing the absorption of your medication, do not take any products containing calcium, iron, aluminium, magnesium or zinc within two hours before or after your dose of Lymecycline.

How does Lymecycline work?

Lymecycline stops the bacteria living on the skin, which is causing the acne inflammation from reproducing and increasing in numbers. One of the most common types of acne is associated with bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes which lives by feeding on the sebum produced in the skin’s sebaceous glands. The waste this bacteria produces as it feeds irritates the glands and inflames them, which results in the spots. By using lymecycline, you are able to decrease the numbers of the bacteria on the skin and bring the acne back under control.

How long can I take Lymecycline for?

You do not want to be taking antibiotics for too long, but they can play an important role in the clearing up of your acne. As such, it would be prescribed for the shortest time possible though it is likely the full effects of your medication would be seen by 6 weeks onwards.

Generally, patients are given an 8 to 12-week prescription, but this is a decision made on a case-by-case basis, and you will discuss this with a doctor after you have completed the online assessment form.

Alternative treatments to Lymecycline

It would be best to use Lymecycline after trying typical skin treatments available in gels and creams, also known as topical treatments. Lymecycline should only be used when all other acne treatments do not work.

Not only this, but even when using Lymecycline, you should continue using topical peeling and anti-inflammatory products, such as topical treatments containing benzoyl peroxide. In addition to benzoyl peroxide, you can use Differin or Epiduo. These treatments work differently from other antibiotics. Note that combining your treatments results in a more effective outcome. It even reduces the development of antibiotic resistance.

Since Lymecycline is an oral antibiotic, it may be more effective than topical antibiotic acne treatments. However, if topical treatments are effective for you, you should not switch to oral antibiotics unless advised otherwise by your GP.

Similarly, other oral antibiotics used to treat acne are clarithromycin, erythromycin, as well as trimethoprim. You can also use the combined contraceptive pill as it can be an effective treatment for acne in women.

However, if acne is severe, persistent, scarring, or causing significant distress, then you should consider consulting a dermatologist. In such cases, Roaccutane (isotretinoin) may be prescribed.

Does Lymecycline cause weight gain?

No. Lymecycline does not cause weight gain as a side effect.

What should I avoid while taking Lymecycline?

Within the span of 60 minutes to 2 hours of taking Lymecycline, you should not take indigestion medications and certain medications for treating ulcers. Additionally, you should avoid consuming dietary supplements containing calcium, aluminium, magnesium, zinc, or iron.

Do I need a prescription to purchase Lymecycline Capsules Hard?

Yes, you require a prescription to purchase Lymecycline Capsules Hard. after completing a short online questionnaire on our website you will be provided with a prescription, allowing you to purchase Lymecycline Capsules Hard.

What is the difference between Lymecycline Capsules Hard and Tetralysal 300?

While both Lymecycline Capsules Hard and Tetralysal 300 are used for the treatment of acne, the main difference is branding and price. Tetralysal is the branded version of Lymecycline making it more expensive.

Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Lymecycline Capsules Hard?

Lymecycline Capsules Hard are not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Who should not use Lymecycline Capsules Hard for the treatment of acne?

Lymecycline Capsules Hard are not suitable for everyone, you should not use these capsules if you have any of the following:

  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Lupus

Can I drink alcohol while using Lymecycline Capsules Hard?

Yes, it is safe to drink alcohol while using Lymecycline Capsules Hard for the treatment of acne.

Can I take Lymecycline Capsules Hard on an empty stomach?

It is safe to take Lymecycline Capsules Hard on an empty stomach. However to prevent any nausea like side effects, it is advised to take them after consuming a meal.

Can I combine other drugs with Lymecycline Capsules Hard?

There are a few medicines which you should not combine with Lymecycline Capsules Hard, they include the following:

  • Acne medicines that contain vitamin A
  • Blood thinners
  • Diuretic tablets
  • Indigestion medicines
  • Iron supplements
  • Epilepsy medicines
  • Quinapril

How long does it take to notice an improvement?

Lymecycline Capsules Hard are a slow working medication. They generally begin to show improvements within a week however depending on the severity of the infection it can take up to several weeks.

It is expected to experience different side effects after taking Lymecycline Capsules Hard. common side effects and how to overcome them include:

  • nausea/feeling sick: take the medication after a meal or snack
  • Stomach pains: use a hot water bottle to ease the pain
  • Diarrhoea: drink lots of water to prevent dehydration
  • Headaches: you may be dehydrated, it is important to drink plenty of water and rest. You should refrain from drinking alcohol.

If any of these side effects worsen, you should stop using Lymecycline Capsules Hard and seek medical advice as soon as possible.

Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information can be found here.

Authored by

Last reviewed 11 April 2023

Superintendent Pharmacist GPhC No.2220953

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