Tetralysal is the branded version of Lymecycline which belongs to a group of medicines called tetracycline antibiotics.
The main use of Lymecycline is to treat acne. Acne appears as blackheads and whiteheads which people often refer to as pimples or spots.
Lymecycline attacks the bacteria that are one of the main causes of acne. The name of these bacteria is propionibacterium acnes.
This medicine can also treat many other infections caused by bacteria.
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Do not take Lymecycline (Tetralysal) if:
you are allergic to lymecycline or to other tetracycline antibiotics such as doxycycline or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6). An allergic reaction may include either a rash or itching
you have ever had kidney disease
you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
Tetralysal must not be given to children under 8 years of age.
Tetralysal must not be taken at the same time as medicines which contain oral retinoids (these include some other medicines used to treat acne).
How to take Lymecycline (Tetralysal)
Acne treatment with tetralysal involves a standard course of 8-12 weeks, during which you will be taking one capsule daily preferably in the morning.
Swallow your capsules whole, with water. Do not suck, crush or chew them.
The tetralysal capsules can cause throat irritation. To prevent this, swallow them with a large drink of water, and do not open or chew the capsules. Try to avoid taking the capsules just before lying down or at bedtime.
Lymecycline can be taken either with or without food. Having any dairy products with Lymcycline can effect absorption and therefore the effectiveness of the medicine.
Taken with a light meal.
Please tear the aluminium strip carefully to remove capsule.
Getting the most from your treatment
Your course of treatment could last for at least eight weeks if you are taking it for acne. Keep taking the capsules regularly until the course has finished, unless told not to by a doctor.
Some people develop thrush (redness and itchiness in the mouth or vagina) after taking a course of an antibiotic. If this happens to you, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Lymecycline can cause your skin to become more sensitive to sunlight than usual. Avoid strong sunlight and sunbeds until you know how your skin reacts.
This antibiotic can stop the oral typhoid vaccine from working. If you are due to have any vaccinations, make sure the person treating you knows that you are taking this medicine.