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Have you been diagnosed with acne, by a GP or dermatologist, following a face-to-face consultation?

What have you used previously to treat your acne?

Such as

  • Creams
  • Gels
  • Antibiotic tablets

Have you purchased items from the supermarket, pharmacy or been prescribed medication by a doctor?

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you


Are you allergic to any medications or other substances?

For example

  • Tetracycline (used in Lymecycline acne treatment)

Are you taking any other medication or have you recently finished a course of medication?

Such as

  • Warfarin
  • Diuretics
  • Other antibiotics to treat acne (Zineryt, Duac)

This includes medication prescribed by your doctor, bought at the pharmacy or online, herbal supplements, recreations drugs.

This includes tablets, patches, inhalers, injections and all other forms of medication

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Do you have any other medical problems?

Such as

  • Skin conditions (eczema, rosacea, dermatitis etc)
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

This also includes previous admissions to the hospital or any surgeries

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Are you pregnant or breast feeding, think you may be pregnant or planning to have a baby?

Lymecycline (Tetralysal) can be harmful to an unborn baby. Women of childbearing age that are sexually active need to take adequate contraceptive measures to prevent pregnancy whilst taking Tetralysal


I understand that it can take up to 8 weeks or more of continuous usage for treatment to work effectively

I understand that lymecycline tablets are best used with topical Differin, Epiduo or over-the-counter benzol peroxide at the same time

This reduces the chance of antibiotic resistance

I understand that I should not use this treatment with any of the following antibiotic acne treatment

  • Zineryt – antibiotic
  • Duac – antibiotic with a peeling agent (benzoyl peroxide)

I understand that I should consult a doctor if the following circumstances

  • If my acne becomes worse
  • If my acne causes scarring
  • If my acne is causing me to feel depressed
  • If I experience any side effects from this treatment


We strongly recommend that you inform your GP of any treatment you receive. Would you like e-Surgery to do this in your behalf?

Please write the name of your GP surgery below if you want us to let them know.

This will ensure that any new medication started by your GP will not interact with this treatment.

Answer ‘no’ if you do not want us to inform your GP

I agree to the following

  • I am 18 years of age or older
  • This treatment is for my use only
  • I confirm that I have understood all the questions asked and have answered all questions to the best of my knowledge
  • I have read the patient information leaflet supplied with this medication
  • I will contact e-Surgery and inform my GP if I experience any side effects from this treatment or if there are any changes to my health
  • I have answered all questions truthfully and accurately

I have read, understood and agree to abide by terms and conditions and privacy policy and cookie policy of e-Surgery

What is this?

Your answers form the basis of your medical consultation. It is important you are open and honest, so our doctors can ensure this medication is safe and effective for you

Tetralysal (Lymecycline) Capsules

Lymecycline is an antibiotic used to treat acne, the most common skin condition.

Bacteria on the skin surface causes infection and inflammation of acne spots. Lymecycline helps clear the infection and also reduces whitehead and blackhead formation and irritation.

It can take up to 8 weeks of treatment before acne improves.

This medication is taken once a day, over a course of several weeks. All capsules come in the 408mg (300mg active) strength which is the common dose used to treat acne.


Important Facts About Tetralysal (Lymecycline)

Most frequent questions and answers Tetralysal (Lymecycline) as acne treatment

Tetralysal belongs to a group of medicines called tetracycline antibiotics. Antibiotics are medicinal agents used to kill bacteria.

The main use of Tetralysal (Lymecycline) is to treat acne breakouts. It works by killing bacteria that cause acne.

Acne can include a series of different types, including: blackheads, pimples, nodular acne, baby acne, acne vulgaris, scalp acne and more.

You can not take Tetralysal if:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • You have ever had kidney disease
  • You are pregnant,  planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding
  • You are under 8 years of age
  • You are taking other oral retinoids

If you are taking or have taken any other medications you should tell your doctor before taking Tetralysal (Lymecycline) capsules. Specifically:

  • Medicines that thin the blood
  • Diuretics
  • Other acne treatment

You should also not take ingestion remedies, ulcer healing drugs, quinapril or supplements within 2 hours of taking Tetralysal (Lymecycline) capsules.

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before Tetralysal (Lymecycline) capsules.

Always take Tetralysal (Lymecycline) capsules exactly as your doctor has told you. The correct dose will be shown on the label. If you are unsure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep Tetralysal (Lymecycline) capsules out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not take Tetralysal (Lymecycline) capsules after the expiry date, which is stated after EXP on the carton.

Tetralysal (Lymecycline) should not be stored above 25°C

Do not throw away Tetralysal (Lymecycline) capsules via wastewater or household waste. If you are unsure how to throw away medicines you no longer use, ask your pharmacist.

As with any form of medication, Tetralysal (Lymecycline) capsules have side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Tetralysal (Lymecycline).  Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Tetralysal (Lymecycline) capsules:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache

For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Tetralysal (Lymecycline). 

If you take too many Tetralysal (Lymecycline) capsules, phone your doctor for advice or go to the neaest hospital so that medical staff are made aware of the problem.

Click here for a PDF copy of the patient information leaflet

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