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Updated on 26 Mar 2024

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Report suspected side effects or adverse reactions to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) using the Yellow Card Reporting system that covers medicines, vaccines, e-cigarettes and medical device incidents.

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Other known brand names

Tetralysal 300

About lymecycline

Lymecycline is a tetracycline antibiotic. Lymecycline works by killing propionibacterium acne, one of the main bacteria that causes severe acne.

It is also used for the treatment of chest and sinus infections, sexually transmitted infections, and infections in or around the mouth.

It is available with a prescription as generic lymecycline or as the active ingredient under the brand name Tetralysal. NowPatient offers lymecycline as a treatment for acne only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of lymecycline

  • For the treatment of acne
  • Lymecycline can take several weeks to work. Speak to your doctor if you see no improvement after 8 weeks
  • Lymecycline has some common side effects which include sickness and diarrhoea
  • It can be dangerous if you take lymecycline with certain medications. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician
  • You may get thrush when taking lymecycline. Symptoms include redness and itching in the mouth, and/or vaginal itching
  • Lymecycline is not recommended if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding

Who is lymecycline suitable for?

Lymecycline is suitable for most adults and children over the age of 12.

Who is lymecycline not suitable for?

Lymecycline may not be suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, speak to the prescribing clinician before taking lymecycline if you:

  • Have ever had an allergic reaction to lymecycline
  • Have kidney disease
  • Have liver problems
  • Have systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Have myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness)

How and where to get lymecycline?

Lymecycline is prescription only, you are not able to buy it over the counter.

NowPatient does not allow customers to buy lymecycline directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with our prescribers for the treatment of acne, you can discuss if lymecycline is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by NowPatient.

Dosage and strength for lymecycline for acne

Lymecycline is available in capsule form when used for acne, it is available in strengths of 408mg capsules. The typical dose of lymecycline for acne is 1 capsule once a day, usually in the morning.

Information about how to take lymecycline for acne

Lymecycline capsules should be taken as directed by your healthcare provider. Also, make sure you read the patient information leaflet given to you.

Swallow the capsule whole, with a full glass of water, either sitting or standing. The capsule could otherwise cause irritation if it gets stuck in your throat. Do not take lymecycline just before you go to bed. You may take lymecycline with or without food.

What happens if you take too much lymecycline?

An extra dose of lymecycline is unlikely to cause any harm.

However, you should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have taken too much lymecycline and you experience any of the following side effects.

What are the side effects of lymecycline?

Side effects of lymecycline are split into common and serious.

Common side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headaches

Serious side effects include:

  • Sign of liver problems – dark urine, yellowing of your eyes or skin
  • Skin more sensitive to the sun

If you experience any serious side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here: how and where do i report side effects of my medication

Information about taking lymecycline at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and lymecycline. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements.

Tell your doctor if you’re taking:

  • Supplements containing aluminium, calcium, iron, magnesium or zinc
  • Indigestion remedies such as antacids
  • Other antibiotics
  • Quinapril
  • Vitamin A
  • Warfarin
  • Diuretics such as furosemide
  • Phenytoin or carbamazepine for epilepsy

Lymecycline does not stop contraceptive pills from working. If you have any vomiting or diarrhoea and take the contraceptive pill, you might be at risk of your contraceptive not working.

Why might lymecycline not work for acne?

Lymecycline may not work for you, common reasons may be interactions with other drugs you may be taking or antibiotic resistance. Topical treatments such as Differin, Epiduo, or benzoyl peroxide should be used when taking lymecycline to reduce the chances of antibiotic resistance.

Can lymecycline taken for acne be taken long term?

The course of treatment of lymecycline is 3 months, or up to 6 months if your acne has not cleared completely, followed by a 3 month break.

Is there a herbal lymecycline?

No. Herbal lymecycline does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake.

Can women use lymecycline?

Women can only take lymecycline for the treatment of acne. It is however, not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking lymecycline?

You can eat and drink normally when taking lymecycline.

What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with acne?

Lifestyle changes you can make include:

  • Not washing affected areas of skin more often than twice a day as this may irritate your skin and make spots worse
  • Washing affected skin with a mild soap or cleanser and lukewarm water
  • Never squeeze spots as this can cause permanent scars
  • Not to use too much make-up or cosmetics and use water-based make-up and toiletries that are less likely to block skin pores

Alternatives to lymecycline

Alternatives for the treatment of acne include Epiduo gel, Duac gel, Treclin gel, Zineryt lotion, oxytetracycline, and minocycline.


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NowPatient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information on this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

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