Oxytetracycline 250mg Tablets

Oxytetracycline 250mg Tablets (112 tablets)

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Description for Oxytetracycline 250mg Tablets

Oxytetracycline tablets are antibiotics for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. It kills the bacteria on the skin that cause blocked pores and lead to acne. When taken for 8 - 12 weeks, Oxytetracycline can help to clear up persistent acne and are available from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service.

Product Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets are available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help to treat acne. To find out more about acne and see all the available treatments, see our Acne page.
Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets is an oral antibiotic used to treat acne and other bacterial infections. Acne symptoms will present as blackheads and whiteheads, which are often referred to as spots or pimples.
The active ingredient, Oxytetracycline belongs to a group of medicines called tetracycline antibiotics. Oxytetracycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic that is effective against a wide variety of bacteria. It can also be used to treat other bacterial infections, such as chest infections, urine infections, skin infections, genital infections and mouth infections.
For treating acne, Oxytetracycline helps to kill the bacteria associated with causing spots (Propionibacterium). This common type of bacteria feeds on the sebum that is naturally produced by the skin in the sebaceous glands. This feeding causes propionibacterium to produce waste products and fatty acids, which can irritate the sebaceous glands. This irritation will cause the glands to become infected and inflamed, resulting in spots and other acne symptoms. Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets works by interfering with propionibacterium’s ability to produce the proteins that are essential for their reproduction. This action stops the spread of the infection, reducing the inflammation of the sebaceous glands and allowing the skin to heal naturally. The remaining bacteria is killed off by the immune system or will eventually die out.
Oxytetracycline tablets should be used alongside a good skincare regime where you wash the affected areas with a mild soap or cleanser once or twice daily to remove excess bacterial waste and sebum. You should use warm, not hot, water and pat the areas dry with a towel.
Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets are suitable for treating mild to moderate acne where there is an active infection and visible inflammation. The duration of treatment will depend on how quickly your condition improves.
Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets are used in the treatment of mild to moderate acne and where there is visible inflammation and an active infection. The length of treatment depends on the time it takes to improve the condition.
Acne is a common condition amongst teenage people and often presents itself as clusters of spots, which vary in size from small whiteheads and blackheads to large cysts and pus-filled spots, the larger of which can sometimes leave scars.
Acne comes about as a result of a hormonal imbalance in the body, which is most common during puberty. For females, acne can also present itself when a period is due and also in the earlier stages of pregnancy.
Acne can also be caused by bacteria, propionibacterium, which appear when the skin overproduces sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands, the true purpose of which is to maintain healthy hair and skin. Feeding on the sebum, this bacteria causes redness and swelling, as it releases harmful substances which cause inflammation of the sebaceous glands, thus leading to acne.
Oxytetracycline can be bought online at The Independent Pharmacy and doses of 250mg come in packs of 112, 224 and 336.
Pharmacist’s tip
Squeeze your spots or try to remove blackheads can exacerbate the acne and even lead to permanent scarring.

  • You should take two Oxytetracycline tablets twice daily, preferably in the morning and evening.

  • Oxytetracycline tablets should always be taken with a full glass of water.
  • Oxytetracycline should be taken on an empty stomach, this is usually one hour before food or two hours after food.
  • Oxytetracycline should not be taken at the same time as indigestion remedies. A gap of 2 -3 hours should be left between taking each treatment.
  • For treating acne, you will normally need to take Oxytetracycline for at least 8 weeks. Treatment should be assessed after 3 months to determine whether it has been effective. If your treatment has been effective, you can continue to take Oxytetracycline for another 3 months where you should see more improvement. If there has been no improvement in your acne, you should stop taking Oxytetracycline and consider a different acne treatment. 

Like all medicines, Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets can cause side effects. Not all people who take this medicine will experience side effects although if you do they may include:

  • Nausea or abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity of the skin to sunlight

Occasionally Oxytetracycline can cause allergic reactions in a small minority of patients. It should not be taken if you know you are allergic to it or tetracycline antibiotics. If you experience a skin rash or swelling of the lips, face or tongue, you should see your doctor immediately. 

The active ingredient in Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets is oxytetracycline.

It also contains: maize starch, pregelatinated maize starch, povidone, sodium starch glycollate, sodium lauryl sulphate, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (E171), quinoline yellow (E104), hydroxypropyl cellulose (E463), sunset yellow (E110), hypromellose, ethylcellulose and diethylphthalate.

You should not take Oxytetracycline tablets if you:

  • are allergic or sensitive to or have had a bad reaction to tetracyclines or other medicines similar to Oxytetracycline dihydrate in the past. 
  • are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine.
  • are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • are elderly.
  • have diabetes.
  • have had a hypersensitivity or photosensitivity reaction.
  • have kidney problems.
  • have liver problems.
  • have lupus or a lupus-like problem.
  • have myasthenia gravis.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is oxytetracycline?

    Classed as a tetracycline antibiotic, oxytetracycline is not related to penicillin. Doctors prescribe 250mg tablets to treat acne, rosacea, as well as several other types of infection.


  • How do you take oxytetracycline?

    Abide by the instructions given by your doctor and take each tablet with water. It is important that you do not take oxytetracycline immediately before lying down or retiring for the night, as this will increase the chances of stomach-related side-effects. Acne treatment supplied by the Superdrug Online Doctor usually consists of a three month course, with the advice that four tablets (amounting to 1000mg) should be taken per day. This is achieved by taking two 250mg oxytetracycline tablets both morning and evening.

    If you forget to take one of your daily doses, do not double up but simply continue with the next dose due.
    Bacteria lead to spots and lesions and oxytetracycline works at reducing the inflammation.

  • How do I know that oxytetracycline is the right medication for me?

    If you have any concerns about taking this medication, speak with your doctor, who will be able to provide you with the answers you need.

  • Does acne return after the oxytetracycline treatment has finished?

    Always complete the course of oxytetracycline provided by your doctor, as not finishing the course could mean that the bacteria may not have been fully eliminated and could return more fiercely. Once acne has been cleared, there is still a chance that not having oxyteracycline in your system may give way to bacteria once again appearing on the skin.

  • When do I stop taking oxytetracycline?

    Only stop the treatment on your doctor’s advice, as stopping before your skin has truly repaired could cause the return of a much more severe infection. Even if your skin looks clear, it is important that all antibiotic treatments are taken up to the end of their prescribed course.

  • What is Oxytetracycline used to treat?

    Oxytetracycline is an oral medication which treats several bacterial infections, one of which is acne, a common skin condition which most people experience at some stage or other. This condition presents itself on the face, chest and back and appears as:
    blackheads -a plug of sebum in a hair follicle, which becomes darkened by oxidation
    whiteheads - a pale or white-topped pustule
    pustules - a small blister or pimple which contains pus
    papules - a small pimple or swelling which often forms part of a rash
    nodules – a small swelling
    cysts - a sac or cavity which contains fluid.

    These form when bacteria grows in a blocked hair follicle which already contains trapped sebum (oil) and can be caused by hormones, a vitamin deficiency or a bad diet, stress and genetics.
    Oxytetracycline is formulated to prevent the growth of bacteria, thus alleviating and removing the condition.

  • Can I help clear my acne in other ways?

    Myths abound as to the cause of acne and include an unbalanced diet, though no clinical studies have shown a link. Stress has also been attributed to acne but, while it will not cause it, it could exacerbate the condition. The best thing to do is to follow the instructions given to you by your doctor.

  • Is wearing make-up prohibited?

    There is no problem in wearing make-up but choose products which are not greasy, as being so would worsen the acne.

  • Is a prescription needed?

    Yes. This can be obtained from your doctor, or by ordering online from The Independent Pharmacy.

  • What do the tablets look like?

    The tablets are circular and biconvex (curved like a ball on both sides) and yellow in colour.

  • Can oxytetraycline and the contraceptive pill be taken at the same time?

    Oxytetracycline can lessen the effect of oral contraceptives and so, in these circumstances, you should take extra precautions during the treatment and for at least 7 days after the course of oxytetracycline has finished. A condom and extra spermicide could be considered.

  • Does oxytetracycline work quickly?

    It takes up to six months to clear acne but severe cases could take up to two years. If you do not notice an improvement within the first three months, speak with your doctor, as an alternative medication may prove more suitable to your needs.

  • Is drinking alcohol prohibited?

    Alcohol is permitted, as it doesn’t interfere with the effectiveness of this medication.

  • Will oxytetracycline affect my capacity to drive?

    You should still have the same capacity to drive, though if you experience any side-effects which make you feel unable to drive, avoid this responsibility until you have spoken with your doctor.

  • How do I store it?

    Keep it at a temperature below 25°C and safe from children.

  • Can oxytetrcycline be bought over the counter?

    In the UK, oxytetracycline can only be purchased by prescription.

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