Oxytetracycline tablets should be swallowed with a glass of water but must be taken on an empty stomach. Normally you should take your tablets 1 to 2 hours before or after you eat. Taking oxytetracycline with food, milk or other dairy products can make it hard for your body to absorb it and will make it less effective at treating acne.
It is very important to remember not to drink milk or eat dairy products
when you take your oxytetracycline tablets. These are food types that are most likely to reduce your ability to absorb oxytetracycline and make it less effective.
How many tablets?
Your doctor will advise you on the correct number of tablets you will need to take each day. Normally you will take 1 or 2 tablets a day. The dosage for most people with acne is 500mg twice a day.
Oxytetracycline and creams or gels
Oxytetracycline must be used alongside a cream or gel that is rubbed onto your skin in order to achieve the best results when treating acne.
How long can you take oxytetracycline for?
You should take oxytetracycline for as long as your doctor tells you to. Normally a course of oxytetracycline will last for 3 months and it is important to continue to take your tablets every day for this period. For the most severe cases of acne your doctor may prescribe oxytetracycline tablets for a longer period. In the most severe cases this could be for 2 years or more. Always follow medical advice and take the tablets for the period prescribed.
How to use Epiduo
Epiduo gel should be rubbed onto the skin affected by acne once a day before you go to bed.
- Clean and dry your skin before using Epiduo
- Use a mild soap and gently pat your skin dry to avoid irritation when washing
- Thinly apply a covering of the gel to areas affected by acne
- Wash your hands after applying Epiduo
Epiduo can be applied to the chest, face, or back. Do not apply Epiduo to areas of broken, sensitive, or sunburnt skin. Also avoid getting the gel on your eyelids, mouth, lips or nose. If you do get the gel onto these areas by accident gently wash it off.
Only apply Epiduo once a day. The gel will not work more effectively or any faster if it is applied more times than it is prescribed.
How to use Differin
- Apply Differin to your skin once a day before you go to bed
- Clean and dry your skin before using the cream
- Use a mild soap and gently pat your skin dry
- Use a thin layer of the cream to cover the area of skin affected by acne
- Wash your hands after you are done
Do not use Differin on sunburnt, broken, or sensitive skin and avoid your eyelids, mouth, lips, and nose. If you get Differin in any of these areas, wash it off gently with warm water. Differin should only be used as prescribed and only applied to your skin once a day. It will not work any faster or more effectively if you use it more than prescribed.