Tetracycline is an antibiotic medicine that is used to treat a broad spectrum of bacterial or germ infections. It is helpful for those suffering from bacterial infections of the skin, chest, mouth, and insect bites. One of the primary uses of Tetracycline is for combating skin conditions like acne and Rosacea.
The Tetracycline antibiotic was named by combining root words from Greek and Latin languages. Tetra is the Greek prefix for four, while cycl- is the root from the Greek word for circle. This name was decided due to the four-ring system of the compound in this medication.
Tetracycline is administered in the form of its hydrochloride C22H24N2O8·HCl thus the four-ring system and hence, the name – Tetracycline.
Tetracycline is an effective medicine to treat many different bacterial infections such as acne and Rosacea. There are various benefits of Tetracycline, namely
Tetracycline is an effective antibiotic medication that offers relief from Rosacea even in cases wherein other treatments have proven ineffective.
It blocks the spread of bacteria and clears the infection on your skin.
It relieves symptoms of Rosacea such as inflammation, redness, and itching on the skin.
It restores the natural smoothness of your skin, making you feel more confident about your appearance again.
Tetracycline is known to inhibit the growth of bacteria on your skin, thus allowing your immune system to clear up the infection. Here's how this medication works –
Tetracycline belongs to a group of antibiotics that interfere with the protein synthesis of susceptible bacteria.
It also consists of anti-inflammatory agents that reduce the swelling and redness of the skin in Rosacea.
Tetracycline inhibits the function of enzymes such as matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), hydrolases and phospholipase A2. These enzymes are active in skin disorders.
Rosacea causing bacteria need enzymes such as MMPs, hydrolases and phospholipase A2 to grow. Tetracycline blocks the growth of Rosacea causing bacteria on your skin.
Tetracycline reduces the production of other inflammatory substances for relief from the symptoms of Rosacea.
Tetracycline is a prescription medicine in the United Kingdom. Take the medication as directed by your doctor. The doctors at MedsNow are happy to discuss the correct method of taking medication with patients during consultation. It is also good to read the patient information leaflet given in the pack. Here's the recommended way to use Tetracycline for best results –
For Rosacea, your doctor may advise you to take up to three doses of Tetracycline in a day. They may recommend two or three tablets per dose. It depends on your skin health and the severity of your infection.
Take the medication on an empty stomach. It is best to take medicine one hour before food or two hours after eating. This is because food or milk can reduce the amount of medication absorbed by your body.
Tetracycline is an oral medication. Take the tablets with a large drink of water. Make sure to sit upright or stand while taking medicine. Do not lie down immediately after taking Tetracycline.
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember – unless it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue your medication as usual. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
Tetracycline is a prescription-only cream in the UK. Talk to our doctors at MedsNow to understand how many tetracyclines to use. They will advise you according to the extent of your skin infection and your overall skin health.
Generally, the recommended dosage of Tetracycline for Rosacea is one Tetracycline 20mg tablet twice a day or one Tetracycline 40mg tablet once a day. Your doctor may prescribe less or more depending upon your requirement.
Tetracycline is a unique medication that offers relief from the symptoms of Rosacea in adults, older people and children. However, in some cases, Tetracycline is not considered suitable. Here's a look at some of the conditions wherein Tetracycline is not recommended –
If you are allergic to Tetracycline or similar medications such as Doxycycline or Minocycline.
If you have liver or kidney diseases.
If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
For children below eight years of age.
Tetracycline tablets generally don't cause any side effects. It is a medication that is well-tolerated by patients of all ages. Tetracycline is a safe and effective treatment for Rosacea. However, just like all other medications, some side effects have been observed in some cases. Just because a side effect is mentioned below doesn't mean that every person using Tetracycline will experience these side effects. The common side effects of Tetracycline are listed below:
Nausea / Dizziness
Diarrhoea or loose stools
Discolouration of teeth for children below eight years of age
Sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
Our doctors at MedsNow always discuss the precautions that patients need to take when using medication. Similarly, there are some precautions you need to take when taking Tetracycline. Here's a list:
Inform your doctor before taking Tetracycline if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
Tetracycline may interfere with the contraceptive pill. Use extra protection such as condoms when using this medication.
Take the medication while standing or sitting upright with a large drink of water.
Do not take this medication with milk, as it may hinder the medicine from getting absorbed completely.
Tetracycline makes your skin and nails sensitive to sunlight and may increase your susceptibility to sunburn. Avoid going outdoors in the sun or tanning salons when taking Tetracycline.
Women who are prone to vulvovaginal candida infection or thrush should avoid using Tetracycline.
Buy Tetracycline online from the MedsNow pharmacy. We offer home delivery of medicines across all major cities in the United Kingdom. Please book a consultation online to talk to our doctors and get the requisite prescription. Place the order for the medicine from the comfort of your home. The medication will safely be delivered to your doorstep.