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What is Oxytetracycline

Acne is known to cause a wide variety of issues with the skin including an oily build up, spots and painful skin which can even be hot to the touch.

Six kinds of spot can develop due to acne including whiteheads, blackheads, papules, nodules, pustules and cysts. There is now a wide number of treatments available to help with acne including creams, gels, and antibiotics, but often the correct treatment will be dependent on the type of your acne.

Whereas over the counter medicines may be appropriate for mild acne, the most severe forms of it, which involve the development of nodules and cysts, will require a stronger treatment such as the antibiotic treatment oxytetrcycline. It will help to avoid scarring and bring down the pain and discomfort often involved in the more serious varieties of this skin condition.

Why choose oxytetracycline?

This antibiotic is part of a class of antibiotics known as tetracycline which treats many bacterial infections. It is most commonly prescribed for acne due to how effectively it works to destroy the acne-causing bacteria living within the sebaceous glands which in turn allows the skin to breathe and heal.

Certain antibiotics work more effectively for particular types of acne. As such, if different antibiotic treatments including others in the tetracycline class have been found to be ineffective or inappropriate in treating a patient’s acne, then oxytetracycline may be prescribed. It is also well tolerated by patients with minimal side effects being experienced.

Other Warnings to consider

If oxytetracycline is taken during the period of tooth development, in the final half of pregnancy or in an infant up to the age of 12 years, tooth discolouration can occur. This has mostly been reported during long term use but can also occur during repeated short courses.

Another potential outcome from taking oxytetracycline is the overgrowth of candida which can result in thrush. If this occurs, speak to your doctor right away to discuss options and potential changes to your treatment plan.

In some patients, photosensitivity can occur. This will be seen in their skin starting to become sunburnt far more easily and quickly than before. For this reason, it is vital that anyone taking oxytetracycline uses suncream each day and especially in the case of those who spend a lot of time outside in the sun or around ultraviolet light.

Although there have not been many human studies performed on the effects of oxytetracycline on breastfed babies it has been taken when no other drug is effective in killing an infection. Women who are breastfeeding are advised not to take this antibiotic as the drug may pass into the milk and can cause staining of the infant's teeth, even if they have not yet grown out yet.

It is crucial you discuss any of these concerns with your GP or Click Pharmacy doctor before going ahead with taking any medication.

What is contained in oxytetracycline?

Each tablet contains the active ingredient Oxytetracycline Dihydrate PhEur, a broad-spectrum antibiotic which works against a large number of bacteria.

How effective is oxytetracycline?

The active ingredient in oxytetracycline predominantly fights Propionibacterium acnes which is one of the main strains of bacteria which causes acne. Due to its effectiveness at controlling the bacteria and bringing down many acne related issues including pain and inflammation it is widely prescribed to those suffering from severe forms of the skin condition.

Can I buy oxytetracycline online

Oxytetracycline is an antibiotic medication which must be prescribed to the user but you can get it without seeing your GP via Click Pharmacy. You will be prompted to fill in a short medical questionnaire which will enable our doctors to assess whether this is an appropriate treatment for your situation. Once you have been approved for it and prescribed you will be able to purchase your medication online and it will be sent out using next day delivery where possible.

How does oxytetracycline work?

This broad spectrum antibiotic, part of the tetracycline group of antibiotics, is active against a wide variety of bacteria including the bacteria on the skin called Propionibacterium acnes which causes acne. The antibiotic works by interfering with and preventing the bacteria’s ability to produce an essential protein which allows it to reproduce and grow in numbers. In doing so, oxytetracycline stops the infection from spreading. In some cases of acne treatment, a secondary treatment will be either taken or applied in cream form to remove any remaining bacteria which are not killed by the antibiotic.

How long can I take oxytetracycline for?

For acne, it is usually recommended that oxytetracycline is taken twice a day for up to three months at which point your results will be reviewed and discussed with your doctor. Changes are usually noticed after around six weeks; as such it is important to persevere with your treatment even if you feel it is not effective for the first few weeks.

What are the side effects of oxytetracycline?

There is a broad range of potential side effects as with any medication and patients may experience one, many or none of them. The potential side effects of oxytetracycline can include:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach upset or diarrhoea
  • rash or hives
  • a loss of appetite

Speak to your doctor at Click Pharmacy or GP if you experience any of these side effects. If you experience any of the more severe side effects which include a swollen tongue, difficulty swallowing or anaphylaxis then stop taking the medication and consult your doctor right away.

What are Oxytetracycline Tablets used for?

Oxytetracycline Tablets are used to treat skin conditions such as acne.

Do I need a prescription to purchase Oxytetracycline Tablets?

Yes, you require a prescription to purchase Oxytetracycline Tablets. After completing a short online questionnaire you will be provided with a prescription allowing you to purchase Oxytetracycline Tablets.

How do Oxytetracycline Tablets treat acne?

The active ingredient in Oxytetracycline Tablets kills strains of bacteria which result in acne.

What type of medicine are Oxytetracycline Tablets?

Oxytetracycline Tablets are a type of antibiotic which treat infections such as the skin condition acne.

How long can I use Oxytetracycline Tablets for?

It is safe to use Oxytetracycline Tablets for up to 3 months. After 3 months you should stop using Oxytetracycline Tablets and seek medical advice from a GP or pharmacist if you require further treatment.

How often should I take Oxytetracycline Tablets?

Oxytetracycline Tablets are usually prescribed to be taken twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

How long does it take to notice an improvement in my skin condition?

Generally you should begin to notice improvements in your acne within six weeks of using Oxytetracycline Tablets. If you feel there are no significant improvements, you should seek medical advice from a GP or pharmacist as soon as possible.

Can children use Oxytetracycline Tablets?

Oxytetracycline Tablets are suitable for adults and children over the age of 12 years old. This drug should not be used by children under the age of 12 years old as it can cause tooth discolouration.

Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Oxytetracycline Tablets?

It is recommended that pregnant or breastfeeding women do not use Oxytetracycline Tablets. If you feel it is necessary to use this product, you should speak to a medical professional who will be able to recommend an alternative product for use.

Can I use artificial tans and tanning beds while using Oxytetracycline Tablets?

When using Oxytetracycline Tablets your skin becomes sensitive to sunlight and UV light. You should not use any artificial tans or tanning beds as this could make your skin condition worse.

Do I need to wear sunscreen while using Oxytetracycline Tablets?

It is crucial that you wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 while using Oxytetracycline Tablets. This is because while using Oxytetracycline Tablets your skin becomes sensitive to sunlight, wearing sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun.

How should I store Oxytetracycline Tablets?

You should store Oxytetracycline Tablets in a cool dry place, out of reach from children and at room temperature. This product should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.

How should I swallow Oxytetracycline Tablets?

You should swallow one whole tablet of Oxytetracycline Tablets without chewing or crushing them.

Like all medicines, after using Oxytetracycline Tablets you may experience a number of side effects. Common side effects include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry skin
  • Peeling skin
  • Flaking skin

If any of these side effects worsen, you should stop using Oxytetracycline Tablets immediately and seek medical advice from a GP or pharmacist as soon as possible.

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

Authored by Jana Abelovska

Last reviewed 20 April 2021

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