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.
Squeeze your spots or try to remove blackheads can exacerbate the acne and even lead to permanent scarring.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.