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What is Lymecycline?
Lymecycline is an oral antibiotic medication used to treat acne. Acne is a skin condition where the skin on the face, chest or back becomes oily or develops spots. It may be a source of embarrassment or low self-esteem in some patients. Lymecycline can help reduce the spots or swelling caused by acne.
Lymecycline is a prescription only medication. You must have a prescription in order to buy it. However, we can prescribe it to you following a brief online assessment. Contact us for more information.
Lymecycline can also be prescribed to treat bacterial infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia. However, we only prescribe it to treat acne and you are unable to buy it from us to treat any other conditions.
For more information about Lymecycline, consult the patient information leaflet.
How it works
Topical acne is caused by bacteria. This bacteria feeds on sebum produced by the skin, and produces excrement that contains fatty acids that irritate the skin. This is what causes spots and blackheads. Lymecycline works to prevent acne by killing this bacteria.
Lymecycline comes as capsules that you swallow. Some patients will see an improvement after using Lymecycline for just a few weeks. However it may take up to eight weeks for some patients to see any measurable improvement in their acne.
Before you take it
You should not take Lymecycline if you are allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients. A full list of ingredients can be found in the patient information leaflet. This is especially important if you have previously had an allergic reaction to any other tetracycline antibiotic medicine. For more information, you should contact your doctor.
If you have ever had kidney or liver problems, you suffer from SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus), or you have myasthenia gravis, Lymecycline may be unsuitable for you to take. You should contact your doctor to determine whether an alternative medication is more appropriate to treat your acne.
While using Lymecycline, you should take care to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible. You should especially avoid sunbeds and sunlamps, as Lymecycline can make your skin more sensitive to light.
If you are pregnant, you must not take Lymecycline. Lymecycline can be deposited into the unborn baby’s growing bone, and this can affect the development of the skeleton and teeth.
If you are breastfeeding, Lymecycline is unsuitable for you to take. This is because it passes into breast milk, and may cause staining of the nursing infant’s teeth, even if they have not yet erupted.
It is not clear whether your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery is affected while taking Lymecycline. As with any medication, you should not do anything requiring your full concentration, or anything that may put yourself or others at risk, until you are fully aware of how this medication affects you.
It is very important that you finish your full prescribed course of Lymecycline, even if your acne appears to have improved. If you stop before you have been told to, you increase the likelihood that your acne will return, and if it does it may not respond to treatment with Lymecycline. This is known as antibiotic resistance.
Lymecycline may be unsuitable for you to take alongside other medications. Before taking Lymecycline, tell your doctor if you are also taking any of the following:
- Indigestion remedies
- Didanosine to treat HIV
- Quinapril for high blood pressure
- Ulcer healing drugs
- Supplements containing zinc, calcium, magnesium or iron
- Systemic retinoids, including oral retinoids used to treat acne
- Anticoagulants such as warfarin
This is not a complete list of warnings and interactions. For an exhaustive list, consult the patient information leaflet, or ask your doctor for advice.
You should always take Lymecycline exactly as prescribed. Do not exceed the stated dose. If you are in any way unsure of how to take this medicine, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
A typical dose is one Lymecycline 408mg capsule per day, preferably taken in the morning. Your doctor will tell you how long you need to take Lymecycline for. This will likely be for an 8-12 week period, but may be longer depending on how your acne responds to treatment with Lymecycline.
Swallow your capsules whole, with water. Do not suck, crush or chew them. Lymecycline should be taken with a light meal that does not include dairy products, as an excessive amount of dairy can affect the absorption of Lymecycline into the body.
Store Lymecycline in a cool, dry place, free from heat and moisture. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
Common Side Effects of Lymecycline
Like all medications, Lymecycline can cause side effects. These are typically mild to moderate in nature, and should go away as your body becomes used to the medication. However, if they persist, or they concern you, you may wish to consult your doctor for advice. Potential side effects include:
- Nausea or feeling sick
- Abdominal pain
Lymecycline can also cause more serious side effects. These are comparatively rare, but if you experience them you should contact your doctor for advice. Side effects may include:
- Itchiness or skin rash
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Inflammation of the intestines
- Eyesight disturbances
It’s possible to experience a severe allergic reaction to Lymecycline. This is extremely rare, but an allergic reaction is an emergency. If you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction, you must immediately seek medical advice. Symptoms can include:
- Tightness in the chest or throat
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing
- Hives or nettle rash
- Swelling of the face, tongue, mouth or throat
- Skin rash, including redness, itchiness, blistering or peeling
This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. For a complete list, consult the patient information leaflet or visit your doctor for advice.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Lymecycline suitable for children?
Lymecycline is only suitable for children aged 12 years and older, as it may affect bone development in younger children. We do not prescribe any medication to anyone under the age of 18.
I’m pregnant. Can I take Lymecycline?
You must not take Lymecycline if you are pregnant. This is because it can affect the bone development of an unborn baby. Speak to your doctor to discuss an alternative acne treatment.
I’m breastfeeding. Can I take Lymecycline?
You must not take Lymecycline if you are breastfeeding, because it passes into breast milk and can stain the teeth of a nursing infant.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget to take Lymecycline, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is nearly time for your next dose. In this case, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal at your usual dosing time. Never take more than one dose to make up for a missed dose.
What happens if I take too much?
Taking too much Lymecycline can be dangerous. If you have overdosed on Lymecycline, visit your doctor as soon as possible or go to your nearest hospital casualty department.
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