Oxytetracycline dosage for humans
Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets are available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy’s 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 are an oral antibiotic used to treat acne, rosacea 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, yeast infections and mouth infections.
Treating acne with Oxytetracycline
For treating acne, oxytetracycline helps to kill the bacteria associated with causing spots (Propionibacterium or Propionibacterium acnes). 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 work by interfering with the 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. Avoid over-washing the affected area, as drying out your skin too much could further aggravate the problem.
Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets are suitable for treating moderate to severe acne (or rosacea) where there is an active infection and visible inflammation. If you have 20 to 100 whiteheads or blackheads, 15 to 50 inflamed bumps, or 30 to 125 total lesions, your acne is considered moderate. The duration of treatment will depend on how quickly your condition improves.
Moderate to severe acne treatment
Acne is a common condition amongst teenagers and adults 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 usually 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. You can however, get acne at any stage of your life and many adults have acne that comes and goes depending on environmental and hormonal changes.
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 that cause inflammation of the sebaceous glands, 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: Squeezing your spots or trying to remove blackheads can exacerbate the acne and even lead to permanent scarring.
Oxytetracycline with other acne treatments
Oxytetracycline should not be taken with other acne treatments that contain antibiotics. These include:
National guidelines recommend that you should use a topical acne treatment alongside Oxytetracycline for better results than you would get with either product used individually. Topical acne treatments that work well with Oxytetracycline include:
Taking Oxytetracycline when pregnant
While exposure to Oxytetracycline in early pregnancy is not directly associated with any specific birth defects, its use in the second or third trimester can cause problems. We do not recommend taking Oxytetracycline if you are (or may be) pregnant.
Oxytetracycline 250mg Tablets Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/4175/pil