This site is only for informational purposes. You will not be able to answer any consultations or purchase any medicines online.


Lymecycline is a dermatologist-recommended prescription-only antibiotic used to treat acne. It is an oral medication containing tetracycline which inhibits the growth of bacteria. It comes under the brand name Tetralysal 300 and the ideal dosage is one tablet daily morning.
Images for illustrative purposes only


Lymecycline is a dermatologist-recommended prescription-only antibiotic used to treat acne. It is an oral medication containing tetracycline which inhibits the growth of bacteria. It comes under the brand name Tetralysal 300 and the ideal dosage is one tablet daily morning.


Lymecycline is a prescription-only antibiotic medication recommended for the treatment of acne and other bacterial infections in the human body. The most common brand name for Lymecycline is Tetralysal 300.

Lymecycline is an oral antibiotic medicine used to treat acne. It helps in clearing up bacterial skin infections and inflammation of the skin. Lymecycline is prescribed in cases of acne where over-the-counter medications have proven ineffective. Lymecycline helps in preventing the production of the proteins that acne-causing bacteria need to multiply and therefore helps in clearing up the acne infection.

Acne is caused by bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes. These bacteria survive on your skin by feeding on sebum produced by sebaceous glands in the skin. The bacteria cause the sebaceous glands to irritate and get inflamed, this causes spots also known as pimples. Lymecycline reduces the number of bacteria on your skin and reduces the inflammation in the sebaceous glands to help the skin heal.

Lymecycline belongs to the category of acne antibiotics called tetracycline antibiotics. These are highly effective medications against acne in adults. The benefits of using Lymecycline are:

  • Lymecycline helps cure the skin acne in cases where over-the-counter medication has proven ineffective.

  • Lymecycline works by eliminating the acne-causing bacteria from your skin, thus curing the root cause of acne to provide long-lasting relief.

  • Lymecycline treats acne to restore the natural smoothness and good health of your skin.

  • Lymecycline is administered in the form of oral medication which is easy to take and convenient.

  • Effective treatment of acne helps to restore your confidence and makes you feel better about your skin.

Lymecycline is a prescription antibiotic and you should follow the instructions for dosage as directed by your prescription. Usually, for the treatment of acne, the recommended dosage is one capsule of Tetralysal 300 per day. One capsule contains 408mg of Lymecycline.

Always take Lymecycline as directed by your prescription, but also make sure to read the patient information leaflet in the pack before taking the medicine. Usually, the recommended way for taking Lymecycline is:

  • One tablet/capsule (Lymecycline 408mg) per day

  • Swallow the medicine whole with a glass of water

  • Take the medicines at the same time every day, to make it easier for you to remember

  • It is preferable to take medicines in the morning

  • Lymecycline capsules can be taken with or without food

  • Avoid taking this medicine just before lying down or at bedtime

  • If you forget a dose of Lymecycline, take it as soon as you remember but don't take two doses of Lymecycline to make up for the missed dose

Lymecycline is a prescription medicine and you should follow the instructions for the medication as advised by our team. Keep the following information in mind before taking Lymecycline:

  • Take Lymecycline as per the prescribed dosage. An overdose of the medication can be detrimental to your health.

  • If you have taken an overdose of the medicine Lymecycline, seek medical help immediately.

  • Lymecycline may make your skin vulnerable to direct sunlight. Use an SPF30 or higher sunscreen lotion on exposed parts of your skin when going outdoors. Do not visit tanning centers when on this medicine.

  • Do not consume expired or out-of-date capsules of Lymecycline. Safely dispose of the medicine with the help of your local pharmacist.

  • Do not recommend this medication to someone else, Lymecycline is a prescription medication that should only be taken by the patient for whom it is prescribed.

Lymecycline is not a medication that is suitable for everyone. Discuss your health conditions with our team and mention to them any treatments that you may be undergoing or any other medicines that you are taking. Do not take Lymecycline if you:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

  • Are under 12 years of age. Lymecycline is not suitable for children

  • Have liver-related diseases such as jaundice. Or have had liver problems in the past

  • Are allergic to any of the ingredients of Lymecycline

  • Have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) – an inflammatory condition

  • Are taking any medication which may interact with Lymecycline

  • Have a muscle-weakness condition called myasthenia gravis

Like all medicines, there are a few side effects observed due to LymecyclineJust because a side effect is mentioned here, does not mean that every person taking this medication will experience these side effects. Some of the common side effects of Lymecycline include:

  • Vomiting

  • Stomach ache

  • Diarrhoea

  • Headache

  • Sensitivity to sunlight

Some medicines can interact with Lymecycline to reduce the effectiveness of your medication and vice versa. These medicines include:

  1. Blood thinning medications such as warfarin & diuretics

  1. Indigestion remedies such as antacids or laxatives

  1. Ulcer healing medicines

  1. Quinapril (for hypertension)

  1. Any other acne medication such as retinoids

  1. Multi-Vitamin supplements such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, or iron

You can buy Lymecycline online from MedsNow, an online pharmacy in the UKAs this is a prescription medication, consult our online clinic for help and advice, and we can prescribe a treatment that is appropriate for you. The medication is conveniently delivered to your doorstep.

Store Lymecycline in a cool place with a temperature below 25°C. Always store the medicine in the original container. Keep the medicine out of sight and out of reach of children. When expired, do not dispose of Lymecycline capsules in the bin, instead, talk to your local pharmacist to safely dispose of the medicine.

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Lymecycline?

It is not advisable to drink alcohol when taking Lymecycline or any other antibiotic medicine. However, if you take Lymecycline in the morning, then it is unlikely to be affected by any alcohol you consume in the evening.

How Long Does Lymecycline Take to Work?

Lymecycline usually takes up to eight to twelve weeks to show a visible reduction in acne. This is because acne is slow to respond to oral antibiotic medicines. It also depends on the severity of your acne.

How does Lymecycline Compare with Other Antibiotics?

Lymecycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that is highly effective for acne. There are other alternatives for those who do not find lymecycline works well for them.

Another type of antibiotic called Macrolides are similar to Lymecycline and may be used instead of Lymecycline for the treatment of acne. Macrolide antibiotics such as erythromycin are also oral antibiotics.

Lymecycline is much more effective compared to topical antibiotics, however, a combined therapy including Lymecycline and a topical agent such adapalene, azelaic acid or benzoyl peroxide may show better results than single-agent treatment in some cases.

Will Lymecycline Affect My Contraception and Fertility?

Lymecycline does not interact with hormonal contraceptives such as the pill. However, if you get vomiting or diarrhoea as a side effect of taking Lymecycline, this may make your contraceptive pill less effective. If this happens, follow the instructions related to vomiting and diarrhoea when taking the pill given in your patient information leaflet with your contraceptive pills. Lymecycline does not have any effect on your fertility.

Can I Take Lymecycline if I’m Allergic to Penicillin?

Lymecycline is an antibiotic but it does not contain penicillin. Therefore, it is safe for people who are allergic to penicillin.

Does Lymecycline Stain Your Teeth?

Lymecycline does not stain full-grown adult teeth. But, Lymecycline can stain teeth that are still growing such as for children under the age of 12. Therefore, Lymecycline is not considered suitable for children below the age of 12. Lymecycline may also affect the quality of teeth for an unborn child or newborn baby, therefore it is not recommended for pregnant women or breastfeeding women.

Is Lymecycline Good For Acne?

Yes. Lymecycline is an effective antibiotic medication for the treatment of acne in adults.

Can Lymecycline Make Skin Worse?

No. Lymecycline does not have any permanent effect on the quality of your skin.

Does Acne Come Back After Stopping Lymecycline?

In some cases, completing a course of the antibiotic Lymecycline controls your acne to a level where regular use of a cleanser or topical medication can keep your acne at bay. In other cases, you may find your acne returning after some time of stopping Lymecycline.

If you have been taking Lymecycline capsules for longer than 3 months, it is advisable to take a break from the medication once your acne has cleared up to check the effect. If the acne returns, consult with our team before repeating the medicine.

Can I Buy Lymecycline Over-the-counter?

No. Lymecycline is a prescription medication that can only be obtained if you have had it prescribed for you.

Does Lymecycline Treat Rosacea?

Consult with us before taking any medication for Rosacea. In some cases, Lymecycline is an effective antibiotic for Rosacea, but it is for a healthcare professional to decide if Lymecycline is the best antibiotic for your skin condition or not.

Is Lymecycline an Anti-Inflammatory?

Yes. Lymecycline has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the inflammation in your sebaceous glands to alleviate the discomfort and skin irritation you feel due to acne.

Can You Have Milk With Lymecycline?

A moderate intake of milk is completely all right when taking Lymecycline. Avoid consuming large amounts of milk or dairy products.

Why MedsNow?

To provide high-quality, convenient and reliable care without the awkward explanations
  • 100% Assured Discretion & Confidentiality
  • Direct Access to UK Registered Healthcare Professionals
  • Unlimited, Free Simple Consultations at Your Convenience
  • Treatment Tailored for your Specific Needs
  • Genuine Licensed Medication Dispensed by a UK Registered Pharmacy
  • Fast, Tracked, Discreet Delivery
  • Ongoing Customer Care

UK Regulated Trusted Compliant

Customer delights

"So many hours saved not standing in lines. Thank you Medsnow!!"

How Can We Help You

Our in-house customer service team are here to provide ongoing support to ensure you have the best experience.