Most people will suffer from acne at some point in their lives; in fact, about 70% of people aged between 11 and 30 years old have acne. Acne is a common skin condition that can cause oily skin and spots. It usually develops on the face, back and chest and is generally attributed to hormones and puberty, but can affect adults, too. Whatever your age, acne can be debilitating. The discomfort and physical presence of the condition can impact on self-esteem and can even affect mental health. Fortunately, acne is controllable and there are a range of medications available by prescription that can help to clear up or significantly reduce the presence of acne. Mild acne can be controlled using over the counter medication. If, however, you suffer from severe acne that affects your back and/ or chest, you will probably need prescription antibiotics, such as Oxytetracycline.
If you suffer from severe acne, or if you have mild acne that is affecting your mood and self-esteem, you can order Oxytetracycline online. Simply choose your treatment and add it to your basket before going through a brief online consultation with a GMC registered doctor. Our online doctor will assess your needs and provide you with a prescription for a suitable medicine and dosage. If the advised treatment and dosage are different to those that you have in your basket, don’t worry; your details can be changed according to your prescription, and your acne treatment could be on your doorstep within 24 hours.
Please bear in mind that Oxford Online Pharmacy’s doctors can only issue prescriptions for adults over 18. If you are seeking a prescription for someone under 18, you will need to make an appointment with your GP surgery.
Below, we take a look at some of your most frequently asked questions about Oxytetracycline:
What is it?
What are Oxytetracycline tablets for?
Does it work for acne?
Does it affect the pill?
How long does it take to work on rosacea?
What are the symptoms and does it cause constipation?
Oxytetracycline is an antibacterial medication that stops bacteria from producing essential proteins that they need in order to grow and spread.
Oxytetracycline can be used to treat several conditions and infections, including lung infections, urinary tract infections, rosacea and acne. The Oxytetracycline tablets available from Oxford Online Pharmacy are only to be used for treating acne; infections such as lung and urinary tract infections need to be assessed in more depth by a GP before the right prescription can be made.
Acne is usually linked to hormones; some hormones cause the grease-secreting glands (sebaceous glands) sited next to hair follicles to produce more oil than necessary. This oil is known as sebum and it affects a usually harmless bacteria called Propionebacterium Acnes (P. Acnes) by causing it to become more aggressive and creating inflammation and pus. Oxytetracycline is an effective acne treatment as it is active on P. Acnes. By controlling the levels of bacteria, Oxytetracycline reduces the inflammation in the sebaceous glands, which allows the skin to heal.
Some antibiotics affect gut bacteria and can reduce the re-absorption of oestrogen. In rare instances, taking Oxytetracycline may have resulted in pregnancy for women who are on the pill; however, this is no longer considered a risk.
Previously, it was recommended that if a woman was taking a short dose of antibiotics, she should employ the barrier method in addition to taking the pill for the duration of the course of antibiotics, and for a further seven days. However, these guidelines have changed and the only instance in which a woman needs to use additional precautions is if she experiences vomiting or diarrhoea as the result of the antibiotics (or any illness).
To treat rosacea and acne, the usual dose of Oxytetracycline is two pills (2x250mg) taken morning and evening. If you are taking Oxytetracycline to treat rosacea, you will usually need to take it for 6 – 12 weeks. In the case of acne, treatment usually continues for at least three months.
Common side effects of Oxytetracycline include nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pain. Less commonly, patients experience blurred vision, headaches and dizziness. To date, constipation is not a known side effect of taking Oxytetracycline.
Antibiotics are important medicines and should only be taken exactly as prescribed by a health professional.
When antibiotics are prescribed by a healthcare professional it is important that you always take them as directed, never save them for later and never share them with others.
If you would like a prescription of Oxytetracycline without the hassle of visiting your GP or the inconvenience of having to collect your prescription, we recommend that you buy your prescription direct from Oxford Online Pharmacy. No hassle, no queues, no embarrassment; a quick, efficient, friendly and professional service that could see you starting treatment within two days.
If you have any questions about the different treatments available or the process of ordering acne treatment online, please get in touch.
To read a patient information leaflet click here https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.26648.latest.pdf
When using Oxytetracycline 250mg Tablets, you should follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. The usual dose given for acne treatment is two tablets twice a day, either one hour before, or two hours after a meal. The tablets should always be taken with a glass of water. The length of time of your course depends on the severity of your acne and how quickly it improves.
If you take more tablets than required, or you believe a child has swallowed a tablet, you should contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell your doctor immediately. If you forget to take a dose, do not double up doses. Take the dose as soon as your remember and then take the next dose at the correct time.
Oxytetracycline 250mg Tablets is an antibiotic medicine. This means that acne responds slowly to this kind of treatment. It is important that you finish the course given to you by the doctor and not stop earlier. If you stop too soon, your acne could come back or even get worse.
The tablets active ingredient is Oxytetracycline. Other ingredients include maize starch, pregelatinated maize starch, povidone, sodium starch glycollate, sodium lauryl sulphate, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (E171), quinoline yellow (E104), hydroxypropyl cellulose (E463), sunset yellow (E110), hypromellose, ethylcellulose and diethylphthalate.
Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets should be kept out of sight and reach of children. It should be stored in its original package in order to protect from light and should not be stored over 25 degrees Celsius.
Oxytetracycline 250mg Tablets should not be taken if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the medicine, if you have ever had kidney disease, are pregnant or breast-feeding or if you are a child under the age of 12 years. You should speak to your doctor before taking Oxytetracycline if you have liver or kidney problems; suffer from systemic lupus erythematosus or Myasthenia Gravis. You should avoid direct exposure to sunlight or artificial sunlight from sunbeds.
You should make sure to mention if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. If you take indigestion remedies, ulcer healing drugs, quinapril for high blood pressure or supplements containing calcium, aluminium, magnesium, zinc or iron, then you should not take Oxytetracycline at the same time. You should leave at least a two hour gap between taking the difference medicines. Before taking Oxytetracycline, you should make sure your doctor is aware if you are taking oral retinoids, anticoagulants, diuretics, oral contraceptives - Oxytetracycline may make contraceptives less effective - medicines for epilepsy or methoxyflurane.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, speak to your doctors before taking Oxytetracycline, because they must not be taken during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
As with all medicines, Oxytetracycline can cause some side effects, although not everybody gets them. If, whilst taking Oxytetracycline, you get a serious allergic reaction which causes swelling of the face, tongue and throat, or you get a serious illness with severe peeling and swelling of the skin, blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes, genitals and fever or get a skin rash with pink-red blotches especially on the palms of hands or soles of feet, then you should stop taking Oxytetracycline immediately and go to your doctor or hospital. Common side effects include nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and headaches. Other side effects, with unknown frequencies include disturbances of eyesight, dizziness, vomiting, yellowing of the skin or eyes, increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, increased pressure in the brain, changes in the number or type of certain blood cells, pain in the upper part of the abdomen, changes in some blood tests, fever, itchiness, skin rash or hives or inflammation of the intestine. The side effects which may occur during treatment with the class of medicines to which Oxytetracycline capsules belong to are inflammation or ulceration of the gullet, difficulty in swallowing, inflammation of the pancreas, liver damage, teeth discolouration, inflammation or soreness of the tongue, mouth, cheeks, gums or lips, soreness or itching of the genital area, yeast infection around the anus or genitals, infection of the colon or permanent visual loss. If any of these side effects occur, you should speak to your doctor.
If any of these side effects get serious, or you get side effects not listed above, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.