Antibiotics for acne: tetracycline antibiotics
Buy branded Tetralysal 300 capsules from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help treat severe or difficult adult acne. To find out more about acne vulgaris and to see all the available treatments, see our Acne page.
Tetralysal 300 is an oral medication used to treat 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 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).
Note: this is not a suitable treatment for pregnant or breastfeeding women or anyone with a liver or kidney disease (pregnant women are sometimes prescribed Zineryt instead). Tetralysal can also make oral contraceptives ineffective during the first 10 days of treatment, so extra precaution is needed.
Dealing with problem skin: acne symptoms
Severe adult acne can be very painful, and it affects people confidence and self-esteem. Reliable acne treatment is a must-have to help your skin clear up.
Acne symptoms can present themselves as blackheads, whiteheads (known as spots or pimples), pustules, papules, blisters, nodules, and even as 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.
Acne symptoms do not only appear on the face. Blackheads, whiteheads and other symptoms of acne can appear anywhere on your skin, including your back, chest, neck, and even scalp.
If your acne regularly affects other areas of your body, lymecycline may be the treatment for you, as it is ingested orally and can work effectively to prevent breakouts all over.
Tetralysal acne tablets are a good alternative to try for those looking for a non-topical treatment and can be particularly convenient to treat back acne, which is hard to self-treat with creams and gels.
More about Tetralysal (lymecycline) & how it works
Tetralysal 300 capsules are manufactured by Galderma. The active ingredient, Lymecycline 408mg, belongs to a group of medicines called tetracycline antibiotics. It is a prescription-only medicine and the standard dosage is 408mg/300 and is taken once a day.
Lymecycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic that's effective against a wide variety of bacteria. Tetralysal is predominantly prescribed for the treatment of acne. However, your GP may also use it to treat other bacterial infections, such as chest infections, urine infections, skin infections, mouth infections and chlamydia.
Tetralysal 300 hard capsules contain the active ingredient lymecycline, an antibiotic. It can make you more sensitive to light and UV rays, so avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods of time during your course of treatment.
How Tetralysal tackles acne
Acne isn’t cured, but it can be treated and managed with 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 propionibacterium to produce 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.
Tetralysal 300 hard capsules are suitable for treating mild to moderate acne where there is an active infection and visible inflammation. They can also help with cystic acne, acne rosacea, and hormonal acne. The duration of treatment will depend on how quickly your condition improves.
For acne, Lymecycline will normally be taken for at least eight to twelve weeks continuously. Treatment periods shorter than this, or taking the capsules intermittently, are less likely to be effective and more likely to cause resistance - meaning they won't be effective in the future. If you have seen no improvement in your acne after 3 months you may wish to discontinue Tetralysal and try a different acne treatment as you should have seen some positive results by then.
Antibiotic treatment works really well when combined with compatible topical creams such as Acnecide, Skinoren, Epiduo, or Differin — combined therapy with Tetralysal and one of these topical treatments has been shown to be more effective.
Other acne remedies & how to get rid of acne
Here are the commonly prescribed acne treatments:
- topical retinoids (containing retinol)
- topical antibiotics
- azelaic acid
- oral antibiotic tablets (of which Tetralysal is one)
- the combined oral contraceptive pill (for women)
- isotretinoin tablets
Tetralysal capsules can be used with other topical acne creams and over-the-counter treatments that contain the antiseptic benzoyl peroxide (Epiduo, Quinoderm & Acnecide), or azelaic acid (Skinoren) that helps to dry out the skin, reducing the amount of sebum present.
National guidelines recommend that you should use a topical acne treatment alongside Tetralysal (lymecycline) for better results than you would get with either product used individually. Topical acne treatments that work well with Tetralysal include:
Tetralysal should not be taken at the same time as other antibiotic pills or topical antibiotic treatments. Other popular antibiotics prescribed for acne include Oxytetracycline and Minocycline. There are also some other acne pills on the market — speak to your doctor to find out more.
Tetralysal should not be taken with other acne treatments that contain antibiotics. These include:
Speaking to a dermatologist may also be a good idea, and there are some over-the-counter acne remedies like products containing Salicylic acid (Proactiv being a popular one) 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 — cortisone injections are an option for severe cases.
Tetralysal capsules do not contain penicillin and are not related to penicillin.