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Oxytetracycline is an antibiotic for acne. It reduces bacteria on your skin which cause the inflammation and spots that are typical for acne. Taken over a course of several weeks, Oxytetracycline acne tablets improve the appearance of your skin.

You need a prescription to buy Oxytetracycline tablets online. Our fast and convenient online doctor service allows you to obtain a prescription and treatment online. To place your order, fill in our brief questionnaire to explain your symptoms. We will also ask you to upload a photograph so our doctor can diagnose your acne. 

Our doctor will review your information and approve an appropriate treatment.

Oxytetracycline - 3 month £30.00

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How does oxytetracycline work?

Oxytetracycline belongs to a group of antibiotics called tetracycline antibiotics. Acne occurs when your skin produces too much sebum. The lesions and spots are caused by bacteria living off the sebum, causing inflammation and spots as they spread. Oxytetracycline acts on these bacteria and prevents them from building a particular protein, which they need to grow and multiply. As a result, bacteria can not spread and your immune system can fight the infection. It can take several weeks for an antibiotic acne treatment to take effect. A course of Oxytetracycline runs for three months.

In severe cases, using an acne gel such as Duac may be recommended in addition to the antibiotic treatment with oxytetracycline tablets.

How is oxytetracycline taken?

Oxytetracycline needs to be taken at least one hour before your next and two hours after your last meal. Taking the tablets with food or milk renders them less effective.

Swallow each tablet with a large drink of water. Do not take the tablets straight before lying down or going to bed, as this increases your risk of stomach-related side effects. Follow your doctor’s instructions with regards to dosage and duration of your treatment. Acne treatment with Superdrug Online Doctor normally consists of a three month course of 1000mg of Oxytetracycline per day taken in the form of four tablets. You will take two 250mg Oxytetracycline tablets in the morning and two 250mg tablets in the evening.

If you forget to take a dose, continue with the next tablet at the normal time. You can skip the dose you missed. Do not take a double dose to compensate for the missed tablet. Please note, product packaging may differ from the image above.

Who can not take Oxytetracycline?

Oxytetracycline is not suitable for all acne patients. Before our doctor prescribes an antibiotic, you will be asked to answer a few questions about your health and medical history. It is important that you answer all questions correctly, to ensure you receive the correct treatment. 

The antibiotic is not suitable for patients who are allergic to any of the ingredients or other tetracycline antibiotics such as minocycline or doxycycline. The tablets contain E110 (sunset yellow), which causes allergic reactions in some people. The antibiotic is also not recommended for the use in patients who have been suffering from a kidney or liver problem for a long time. 

Do not take Oxytetracycline tablets if you suffer from systemic lupus erythematosus (a medical condition which causes symptoms such as rash, hair loss, joint pain and fever).

The antibiotic should not be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as it can harm the baby. Speak to your doctor if you are taking Oxytetracycline and are planning to become pregnant.

Tell your doctor if:

  • your liver or kidney function is impaired
  • you suffer from a condition called myasthenia gravis (which causes slurred speech, muscle weakness and difficulty swallowing)

Oxytetracycline Side Effects

Some patients experience side effects when treating acne with Oxytetracycline. 

Stop taking the Oxytetracycline tablets if you experience:

  • skin rash
  • itching
  • swellings of face and tongue
  • fever and chest pain
  • breathing difficulty
  • collapse
  • headache
  • visual disturbances
  • sensitivity to sunlight 

Tell your doctor if you experience:

  • stomach problems such as nausea and being sick
  • diarrhoea
  • loss of appetite
  • difficulty swallowing
  • ulceration of the gullet
  • discolouration of tooth enamel
  • fever
  • cramps
  • abdominal and back pain
  • unusual bruising
  • nosebleeds
  • sore throats
  • tiredness or breathlessness
  • change of skin colour
  • thrush or irritation of the skin in the genital area

Please find a complete list of all side effects on the Oxytetracycline patient leaflet.

Drug Interactions

Oxytetracycline interacts with some types of medication. Tell your doctor about any medication you are currently taking, before you start taking Oxytetracycline tablets. This includes herbal remedies and non-presciption medication.

Oxytetracycline is known to interact with:

  • penicillins (a group of antibiotics)
  • retinoids (for example isotretinoin)
  • vitamin A
  • the contraceptive pill
  • warfarin and other medication which stop blood clotting
  • diuretics (also known as water tablets)
  • medicines to treat diabetes
  • certain anaesthetics
  • some medications used to treat diarrhoea
  • antacids and other medicines containing aluminium, calcium, iron, magnesium, bismuth or zinc salts