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If you are suffering from moderate to severe acne and have found over-the-counter medications to be ineffective, prescription acne treatment Tetralysal 300 (lymecycline 408mg) capsules are available to buy from our Online Doctor following a free consultation. Prescribed Tetralysal (lymecycline), and other antibiotics such as clindamycin or oxytetracycline, are some of the most popular ways to treat acne and are available to buy online with fast, discreet delivery.
Tetralysal - important information
What is Tetralysal 300 and what is it used for?
Tetralysal 300 is an oral medication used to treat severe acne, and it’s part of a family of antibiotics known as tetracycline antibiotics. It treats skin infections and inflammations caused by bacteria by preventing the bacteria from producing the protein that allows them to reproduce and grow — essentially killing off the bacteria from your skin.
Tetralysal acne treatment is often prescribed when over-the-counter acne treatments have proven ineffective. Before and after studies and patient reviews have shown Tetralysal to be an effective treatment for adult acne. (About 5% of women and 1% of men continue to have acne over the age of 25 in the UK).
Tetralysal 300 capsules are manufactured by Galderma. It is a prescription-only medicine and the standard dosage is 408mg/300 and is taken once a day for 8-12 weeks.
Severe adult acne can be very painful and can affect people's confidence and self-esteem. Reliable acne treatment is a must-have to help your skin clear up.
Acne symptoms can appear anywhere on the body and can present themselves as:
- whiteheads (known as spots or pimples)
- hard lumps and cysts
If not treated effectively, your acne skin condition could deteriorate; acne can spread and acne scars could form on your skin that may require removal.
If your acne regularly affects areas of your body other than your face, Tetralysal may be the treatment for you, as it is ingested orally and can work effectively to prevent breakouts all over.
How does Teralysal work?
Acne isn’t cured, but it can be treated and managed with tetracycline antibiotics, such as Tetralysal. For treating acne, Tetralysal works to inhibit the bacteria associated with causing acne, propionibacterium acnes. This common type of bacteria feeds on sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. This causes a build-up of waste products and fatty acids that can irritate the sebaceous glands. This irritation will cause the sebaceous glands to become inflamed, causing spots to develop.
Lymecycline interferes with this bacteria's ability to produce 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. Any remaining bacteria are killed by the immune system or eventually die
Alternatives to Tetralysal
Tetralysal capsules should be used with other topical acne creams and over-the-counter treatments that contain the antiseptic benzoyl peroxide (Epiduo Gel & Acnecide Gel), or azelaic acid (Skinoren Cream) that helps to dry out the skin, reducing the amount of sebum present.
Tetralysal should not be taken at the same time as other antibiotic pills or topical antibiotic treatments. Other popular oral antibiotics prescribed for acne include Oxytetracycline and Minocycline. Topical antibiotics include; Dalacin-T, Duac, Zineryt, Treclin.
Speaking to a dermatologist may also be a good idea, and there are some over-the-counter acne remedies like products containing Salicylic acid or Glycolic acid, or natural treatments like tea tree oil that you may want to consider. If you need help getting rid of acne scars, you will need to speak to a specialist.
To find out more about acne vulgaris and to see all the available treatments, see our acne treatment page.
- You should take 1 Tetralysal capsule daily, preferably in the morning with a full glass of water for at least 8-12 weeks.
- If your treatment has been effective, you can continue to take Tetralysal for another 3 months where you should see further improvement.
- If there has been no improvement in your acne, you should stop taking Tetralysal and consider a different acne treatment.
- Tetralysal should be used with a non-antibiotic topical treatment for best results and to reduce the chance of bacterial resistance.
Each Tetralysal 300 capsule contains: lymecycline 408mg.
Each capsule also contains: gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), erythrosine (E127), quinoline yellow (E104) and indigotine (E132).
Like all medicines, Tetralysal capsules can cause side effects, most commonly including:
- nausea & vomiting
- stomach ache
- visual disturbances
In rare cases, Tetralysal can also cause:
- fungal infections such as thrush
- skin reactions
People with liver problems should take this acne medication with caution and on the advice of a medical expert.
If you experience any adverse effects from taking Tetralysal it is important to let us know immediately. Please log in to your online account and message one of our healthcare professionals or alternatively call us on 0333 220 0519. In a medical emergency, you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.
Do not take Tetralysal if any of the following apply to you:
- you have ever had kidney disease
- you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Tetralysal if any of the following applies to you:
- you have an impaired liver or kidney function
- you suffer from systemic lupus erythematosus (an allergic condition that causes joint pain, skin rashes or fever) or Myasthenia Gravis (a disease that weakens the muscles)
You should avoid direct exposure to sunlight or artificial sunlight from sunbeds while using Tetralysal. If you experience skin discomfort then stop taking this medicine and seek advice from your doctor.
Tetralysal and other medicines
Tetralysal can interact with certain medicines. These include:
- medicines used to thin your blood (e.g. warfarin)
- diuretics (used to treat kidney disease, heart disease or high blood pressure)
- It can also interact with other acne antibiotic medicines.
If any of the above interactions apply to you please notify us immediately.
Wait at least two hours after taking Tetralysal before you take these types of products:
- Indigestion remedies
- Ulcer healing tablets
- Quinapril (for high blood pressure)
- Supplements containing calcium, aluminium, magnesium, zinc or iron.
Tetralysal 300 (Lymecycline) Capsules reviews
Tetralysal 300 (Lymecycline) Capsules FAQs
Tetralysal capsules contain lymecycline 408mg per capsule. For a full list of ingredients see the 'Ingredients' tab.
Lymecycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that helps to kill the bacteria that overgrow on the skin and contribute to acne.
In adults and children 18 years and over, the dose of Tetralysal is one capsule daily, usually in the morning. You should not take more than one Tetralysal capsule in a 24-hour period.
Tetralysal is a prescription-only antibiotic. For that reason, to ensure the safety of our patients and the legal operating of our pharmacy, we only supply a maximum of 3 months treatment at one time. Tetralysal treatment is normally judged for effectiveness after 3 months. This means that if you do not find Tetralysal as effective as you would like, you are not stuck with an excess of medication. If you are happy with the results you can log in and re-order another supply.
There are no specific instructions on whether you need to take Tetralysal with food or not, however it should be taken with plenty of water.
Yes, we understand that sometimes you want to get your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday, Tetralysal capsules are available for next day delivery.
Yes, as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy it is perfectly safe to buy Tetralysal online. The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy & Online Doctor. We only provide genuine branded Tetralysal capsules sourced from reputable UK wholesalers.
Tetralysal is available from our online doctor here at the Independent Pharmacy. We ship across the UK, offering next day delivery.
Just select 'Start Consultation' above, you will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so our GPs & Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Tetralysal to you. It all takes around 3 minutes and your treatment can be delivered to your door.
There are many advantages to buying Tetralysal capsules online, some include:
- It's quick & easy - there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
- Fast delivery - We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
- Great prices - we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
- Tons of information - we provide all the information you could need on Tetralysal/lymecycline and other acne treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time to suit you.
Tetralysal is normally taken for a minimum of 8 weeks to treat acne. After 8 weeks you should be able to tell if it has helped to improve your skin and then make a decision as to whether they should be continued or not. Short courses of Tetralysal for fewer than 8 weeks are usually less effective and is unlikely to give you an accurate picture of whether it will be an effective treatment to clear up your acne.
Lymecycline is an antibiotic. Acne is often caused by the bacteria that naturally live on your skin overgrowing and creating by-products that build up and block pores over time turn into spots and breakouts that can spread to other parts of the body if not treated correctly. Lymecycline helps to keep the levels of bacteria living on your skin under control which helps to unclog your pores and clear up the symptoms of acne.
You can combine Tetralysal with creams such as containing benzoyl peroxide (Epiduo, Quinoderm & Panoxyl) or azelaic acid (Skinoren). Tetralysal should not be taken with any other products containing antibiotics such as erythromycin, tetracycline or minocycline. Generally, Tetralysal is not used with any other acne antibiotic treatment as they have a similar method of action and usually do not provide any additional benefit. Simultaneous use of multiple acne antibiotics may also increase the risk of experiencing side effects.
Tetralysal should be used to treat moderate to severe acne on the face, neck, shoulders or back. Because it is ingested orally, Tetralysal can be used to treat larger areas like the back or neck, and can be more convenient than applying topical treatments. Lymecycline is a good treatment to try if regular cleansing of the affected areas does not alleviate symptoms, particularly if the acne is causing self-esteem issues or depression.
Moderate acne is defined by NHS Choices as where there are multiple papules and pustules (red spots and whiteheads) that are mostly confined to the face. If this describes your acne, or it is more severe, Lymecycline may be a suitable treatment for your acne.
Acne, known as acne vulgaris, is a skin condition involving the oil glands at the base of the follicles. It commonly occurs during puberty when the oil glands reach peak activity, but can continue into adult life. Hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle are often known to cause acne. Tetralysal (lymecycline) can be an effective method to combat these breakouts.
Tetralysal may affect the contraceptive pill making it less effective. You may wish to consider using additional methods of contraception, such as condoms, whilst taking Tetralysal.
Tetralysal capsules should be taken once daily in the morning. They are unlikely to be affected by alcohol consumed later in the day.
Read our Tetralysal uses page for more information on using Tetralysal and alcohol.
There are no proven links between Tetralysal 300 and hair loss. However, if you experience this symptom, you should seek medical advice.
Tetralysal capsules should be used as a short-term treatment for acne. Repeated use of any antibiotic can build resistance, reducing the treatment’s effectiveness. Long-term use of lymecycline can upset the body’s natural bacterial cultures. If your spots persist after completing your Tetralysal treatment, you should seek medical advice and consider trying alternative methods.
If lymecycline treatment does not cure your acne, there are many other options for you to try. You may wish to try a different antibiotic treatment such as Dalacin T or Zineryt, or alternatively a different method with topical treatments such as Differin or Skinoren. Different people find that their acne responds to different treatment depending on their skin type, what causes their acne and any other skin conditions they may also suffer with. It is therefore important to try a range of treatments and give them time to have an effect to allow you to find a suitable and effective treatment for your acne.
If you find treatment with Tetralysal successful and your acne improves, you should continue taking Tetralysal for a few months before stopping your treatment. This will ensure that any remaining excess bacteria on your skin are removed and give you the best chance of keeping your skin clear of spots by cleansing alone.
It is possible for Tetralysal to reduce your acne to levels where it can be controlled by cleansing alone in some cases whereas for other people they may find that their acne returns after a period of time. It is generally not advised to take Tetralysal for very long periods, if your acne has cleared up you should take a break from the capsules after a few months to see if they are still required and to give yourself a break from constantly taking the medication.
Acne is most common on the face, although it does also occur on the neck, shoulders, back, and other places affected by excess oil from the sebaceous glands. As Tetralysal (lymecycline) is taken orally and is absorbed into your system, it is effective wherever there is an overgrowth of bacteria causing acne, whether it is your face, neck, shoulders or back.
There are no links between Tetralysal acne treatment and weight gain. This puts Tetralysal at an advantage compared to other acne treatments, such as the contraceptive pill, which is often associated with weight gain, among other symptoms.
Tetralysal capsules should be swallowed whole with plenty of water. If you open the capsules, you may cause them to be ineffective due to the medicine being exposed to the contents of the stomach.
Tetralysal is licensed for use in those aged 12 years or over. The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service is able to prescribe Tetralysal to people aged 18 years and over for the treatment of acne. If you are aged under 18, you will need to see your GP for Tetralysal to ensure it is appropriate for you and your condition.
If you stop taking Tetralysal and your acne comes back, you may restart treatment at any point. If your condition improves then you should continue with lymecycline treatment however, if it is less effective during subsequent rounds of treatment you may wish to try a different acne treatment.
As well as using antibiotic acne treatment such as Tetralysal (lymecycline), you should also get into the habit of cleansing the affected areas regularly. You should wash them twice daily with warm, not hot, water using a mild cleansing agent. When washing, ensure you do not scrub the area too hard so as to irritate the skin as this can make acne worse. Over washing can also aggravate acne further due to stripping the skin of its natural oils, so limiting your cleansing routine to a maximum of twice daily is recommended. If you use moisturisers or make-up on the affected area, try to ensure they are non-comedogenic (oil-free) so that they do not contribute to your acne.
You should also use a topical, non-antibiotic ance treatment, such as Skinoren, Acnecide, or Differin, alongside Tetralysal for best results.
Like all medicines, Tetralysal capsules can cause side effects including nausea & vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach ache, visual disturbances and dizziness. In rare cases Tetralysal can also cause fungal infections such as thrush, skin reactions, photosensitivity, colitis and pancreatitis.
Read more about Tetralysal and lymecycline side effects here.
This depends on what’s causing your acne, as well as your gender, and medical history. We have a detailed guide here that compares the best antibiotics for acne. Your doctor can help you choose the best course of treatment. If you are unsure about which acne treatment is best for you, contact our support team and they will be happy to help advise you. Alternatively, you can read about acne treatment here.
This is a difficult one to answer, and depends on individual factors such as the severity of your acne, other skin conditions, and other medicines you take. Usually a combined treatment of an oral antibiotic and a topical cream is most effective for moderate to severe acne, whereas for mild acne a topical cream or topical antibiotic on it's own is normally enough to clear the skin.
Acne antibiotics can help to prevent further scars by clearing your acne but they will not heal existing acne scars. These usually fade over time, however if they are prominent and cause your distress you should speak to your GP about treatment options.