Lymecycline

Lymecycline is a prescription-only acne treatment. Lymecycline is a type of medicine called a tetracycline antibiotic. It is used to treat infections with bacteria.

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Like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using Lymecycline.

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Each capsule contains 40mg of lymecycline which is the equivalent to 300mg tetracycline base.

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Composed of gelatin - usually red and yellow in colour (colour may differ dependent upon brand)

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Lymecycline capsules belongs to a group of medicines called tetracycline antibiotics. It is used to treat acne (as well as many other infections); which appears as blackheads and whiteheads (people often refer to as pimples or spots). By controlling bacteria numbers and reducing inflammation Lymecycline allows the skin to heal.

Private Doc will prescribe Lymecycline where it is suitable.

Lymecycline should be used with caution by:-

  • People with decreased liver function.
  • People taking medicines that may have side effects on the liver.
  • People with abnormal muscle weakness – myasthenia gravis.
  • A condition called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, in which there is long-term inflammation of skin and some internal organs.

Lymecycline should not be used in:-

      • Decreased kidney function.
      • Pregnancy. • Breastfeeding.
      • Hereditary blood disorders called Porphyrias.
      • This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
      • in children, especially those under the age of 8.


For further information and contraindications please see Patient information leaflet

The normal dose is one Lymecycline capsule once a day, preferably in the morning. Lymecycline capsules should always be taken with a glass of water. How long you will have to take Lymecycline capsules for will depend on how quickly your condition improves. For acne, this will normally be at least 8 weeks

Lymecycline should not be taken at the same time as preparations which contain iron, magnesium, calcium, aluminium and antacids as these decrease the absorption of the tetracycline.

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Common side effects (occur in less than 1 in 10 patients)

    • nausea (feeling sick)
    • abdominal pain
    • diarrhoea
    • headache

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking your capsules and tell your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital accident and emergency department:-

      • Serious allergic reaction which causes swelling of the face, tongue and throat that can cause great difficulty in breathing.
      • Serious illness with severe peeling and swelling of the skin, blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes genitals and fever. Skin rash with pink-red blotches especially on palms of hands or soles of feet which may blister.

For further information and a full list of possible side effects please see Patient information leaflet