Oxytetracycline

Oxytetracycline is an anti-bacterial and antibiotic acne treatment. It comes as a dosage of 250 mg and works on decreasing the skin bacteria responsible for acne-induced inflammation and spots. It improves skin quality when taken twice a day with plenty of fluid.
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Oxytetracycline

Oxytetracycline is an anti-bacterial and antibiotic acne treatment. It comes as a dosage of 250 mg and works on decreasing the skin bacteria responsible for acne-induced inflammation and spots. It improves skin quality when taken twice a day with plenty of fluid.


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Lots of people globally are struggling with acne and the impacts of it on their personal life. Studies have shown that 70% of people between the ages of 11-30 years suffer from acne. It is a skin condition that gives rise to oily build-up, inflamed skin and spots in the form of whiteheads, blackheads, nodules, papules, cysts and pustules. Oxytetracycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic tetracycline acne treatment. It contains anti-bacterial properties which prevent scarring while lowering the pain and discomfort.

This particular acne treatment is used to restrict the growth of bacteria that cause acne spots and conditions like rosacea. It does this by stopping the production of essential proteins that these organisms need to mature and reproduce.

Propionibacterium acnes is the bacteria that causes acne. It feeds on the sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin and, in turn, excrete waste products and fatty acids on your sebaceous glands leading to their inflammation and eventually spots. Oxytetracycline works against these bacteria to limit it from growing and multiplying. That reduces the inflammation and allows your skin to heal.

Acne scars and spots on the skin lower self-confidence. One of the most promising benefits of using Oxytetracycline is that it heals your acne conveniently and effectively, providing you with a chance to feel good about your skin again.

Each tablet of Oxytetracycline contains 250 mg of the active ingredient oxytetracycline dihydrate. You will be prescribed to take 1-4 tablets per day as a single or divided dose. That will depend on the severity of your acne. In case you want to use Oxytetracycline as an antibiotic for the treatment of other ailments, talk to your doctor about the dose.

You will need to take oxytetracycline for treating acne with plenty of fluid and on an empty stomach. Some foods, including dairy products, tend to lower the medicine's effectiveness so make sure you take it either an hour before your meals or two hours later. Remember to remain seated or stand in one place when swallowing the whole tablet to prevent irritation in your throat.

Oxytetracycline, similar to all other acne antibiotics, requires a few weeks, and up to three months, to show a clear difference in your acne. If you fail to experience any benefits even after six months, talk to your doctor to review the treatment.

If you have missed a dose of Oxytetracycline you can take it as soon as possible. If you remember it when your next dose is scheduled, you have to skip the forgotten tablet and take the next one. Do not worry about the skipped one but remember never to consume double the dose to compensate. In instances of Oxytetracycline overdose, immediately contact your doctor.

Adults and children who are 12 years and older can safely use this medication to overcome their medical issues. The medicine should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Medicines which have to be taken for a prolonged time tend to affect your body in several ways. It, thus, becomes crucial for you to understand its properties before starting the treatment. Below are some of the key facts about Oxytetracycline you should know:

  • It is a prescription-only medication.
  • Stomach ache, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, and diarrhoea, are some of the most common side effects of this medication.
  • Children under 12 years or pregnant and breastfeeding women are unsuitable candidates of Oxytetracycline.
  • Consume these 250 mg tablets on an empty stomach as certain foods can reduce their effectiveness.
  • Avoid using sunbeds or sunlamps when taking these tablets. Ensure that you protect your skin with adequate clothing or a strong sunblock when under harsh sunlight.

There are certain groups of people who are unsuitable candidates for Oxytetracycline. The reasons for this could vary vastly from person to person, but ideally, it is best to steer clear of this medication if you are:

  • Allergic to other tetracycline-type antibiotics. Inform your doctor if you have previously experienced an allergic reaction to an antibiotic.
  • A child under 12 years old
  • Allergic to one or all of the ingredients of Oxytetracycline. Make sure you check the list of components in the patient information leaflet to determine any specific allergies.
  • A breastfeeding mother because the ingredients in this medication may cause staining of your infants teeth later on by transferring into the breast milk
  • Someone with a lower kidney functioning or suffering from kidney failure
  • A pregnant woman because Oxytetracycline can get deposited on the baby's growing bone, affecting the development in teeth resulting in staining

Oxytetracycline being a medication does have a few common side effects that you need to watch out for. Inform your doctor promptly if you notice signs of:

  • Sickness or nausea
  • Stomach ache (in that case you may take it with food)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

Before beginning with these tablets, you should inform your doctor about some other medications you are taking or plan to take. That is because some herbal remedies or medicines taken over the counter might interact with the contents of Oxytetracycline, reducing its effectiveness or causing complications.

For instance, some indigestion or heartburn medicines prevent the absorption of Oxytetracycline by your stomach. You can take these remedies by keeping a gap of two to three hours between both. Apart from that, avoid medicines containing:

  • aluminium salts
  • ranitidine bismuth citrate
  • iron products like ferrous sulphate, ferrous fumarate
  • kaolin
  • antacids containing aluminium, bismuth, calcium or magnesium
  • calcium supplements
  • magnesium salts
  • zinc salts
  • sucralfate
  • lanthanum
  • tripotassium dicitrato-bismuthate

To order your medication from the comfort of your home, you can place an order with MedsNow. It is crucial to choose a trustworthy clinic to ensure that you receive reliable products. Since Oxytetracycline is a prescription-only acne antibiotic, you will need to take a quick, free, and simple online consultation on the website. It will function as your prescription helping determine if Oxytetracycline is an ideal treatment option for your medical needs. You can expect a discreet delivery at your doorstep.

You should store Oxytetracycline in a cool, dry place away from direct heat and light. Make sure it remains hidden from the sight and reach of children.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Oxytetracycline?
There is no warning not to consume alcohol with Oxytetracycline. We would advise drinking alcohol in small to moderate quantities generally.

How do I know that Oxytetracycline is the right medication for me?
The only way to determine the effectiveness of Oxytetracycline to cure your medical needs is to consult a healthcare professional or take a simple and free online consultation with MedsNow.

Does acne return after the Oxytetracycline treatment has finished?
Most acne medications only work to control the factors that trigger acne. They don't cure the condition entirely because of which your acne might return once you stop taking the treatment. You should, however, finish your course of Oxytetracycline without missing a dose for optimum beneficial effect.

When do I stop taking Oxytetracycline?
Our clinic will be able to inform you about the ideal time to stop the medication. Stopping any time before your condition gets cured could lead to a more severe infection.

How long can this medication take to treat acne?
Any acne medication, including Oxytetracycline, works at killing the bacteria causing acne. For it to complete that task, it needs anywhere between 8-12 weeks. In case your symptoms persist after using the medication, talk to your doctor for an alternate treatment.

Should I use topical treatments on top of this medication to treat my acne?
For an overall effective cure, specialists advise using topical treatments like Skinoren or Benzoyl Peroxide as an addition to your acne medication. However, you will not get these topical treatments only with a prescription, so you could consider ordering them online with MedsNow by simply filling an online consultation.

How and why can Oxytetracycline cause photosensitivity?
Since it belongs to the tetracycline family, Oxytetracycline reportedly causes photosensitivity. Although rare, upon exposure to the sun, the medication could lead to redness, swelling and rashes. An ideal solution here would be to use a high-power sunblock when under harsh UV light.

Is wearing makeup okay when using Oxytetracycline?
You can apply makeup that is not greasy or oil-based to avoid blocked pores. Oil-based makeup products are comedogenic, i.e., they can block your pores resulting in worsening your acne.

Can Oxytetracycline and the contraceptive pill be taken at the same time?
You can take oxytetracycline with the contraceptive pill.

Does Oxytetracycline work quickly?
Although you will begin noticing an improvement in your acne within three months of using Oxytetracycline, it takes about six months to two years for it to clear up entirely depending on the severity of your acne.

Will Oxytetracycline affect my capacity to drive?
It is safe to drive while on the medication, but make sure you are not experiencing any side effects that might be affecting your ability to manage a vehicle.

Can Oxytetracycline be bought over the counter?
No, it is a prescription-only medication and cannot be bought over-the-counter. If you don't want to visit a doctor for a prescription, you can fill out a simple online consultation with MedsNow.

Why do I need to take Oxytetracycline on an empty stomach?
Taking some medicines on an empty stomach can be important as a full stomach may not able to absorb the medicine completely.

Does Oxytetracycline have penicillin in it?
No, it does not contain nor is related to penicillin. It is a safer alternative treatment for infections in people who are sensitive or allergic to penicillin.

Is Oxytetracycline better than Lymecycline?
Both are tetracycline antibiotics and are first-line treatments for acne because they produce similar effects. However, some people may find Oxytetracycline to be a little inconvenient as the dosage mentions taking it twice daily without food. Lymecycline, on the other hand, is a once-a-day tablet hence more simple to follow.

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