Oxytetracycline and Epiduo
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Oxytetracycline is an antibiotic treatment for acne. It reduces the inflammation on your skin and fights the bacteria which cause spots and skin lesions. Epiduo is a topical gel that can improve acne symptoms.
You can order acne treatment without having to see your GP - our online doctors can diagnose acne and prescribe a medication. To place your order, fill in our brief questionnaire and provide a photograph of your skin condition. Our doctor will review your order and approve appropriate treatment before we post your medication.
Prescription and delivery are included.
3 month course / Oxytetracycline, 336 tablets and Epiduo, 45 g - £59.00
How should I take Oxytetracycline and Epiduo?
Most importantly, you need to take Oxytetracycline as your doctor advises. You should take tablets one hour before or two hours after a meal. You need to swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water. You should not take the tablets just before you go to bed.
To treat acne the recommended dose of oxytetracycline is two tablets of 250mg, twice a day. It can take up to 8 weeks to see the full benefits of the medication so we recommend that you continue for at least this time. Usually treatment will be reviewed at 3 months to see if it should be stopped or continued.
If you overdose, seek medical assistance immediately.
If you forget to take a tablet, take it as soon as you remember. If this is near the time or your next due dosage, do not double dose, but skip the missed dose and continue as normal. You should try not to take oxytetracycline with food or milk, as they can make the treatment less effective.
To take Epiduo, apply a thin layer of gel to your symptoms once a day.
The active substance is Oxytetracycline dehydrate (250mg or 500mg depending on the dosage of the tablet). The other ingredients in the tablet are magnesium stearate, maize starch, hydroxypropyl cellulose (E463), colloidal silica, sodium lauryl sulphate, propylene glycol, sunset yellow (E110), quinoline yellow (E104), titanium dioxide (E171), methylhydroxypropyl cellulose (E464) and purified talc (E553).
Epiduo’s active ingredients are adapalene and benzoyl peroxide. Epiduo also contains disodium edetate, docusate sodium, glycerol, poloxamer, propylene glycol (E1520), simulgel 600PHA, and purified water.
Do I need a prescription
Yes. You can get this from your doctor or online at Zava.
What do the tablets look like?
The tablets are yellow, circular and biconvex.
Oxytetracycline and Epiduo side effects
If any of the following side effects occur, seek medical assistance:
- Allergic reaction (swollen lips and face, itchy skin, difficulty breathing)
- Symptoms of raised pressure in the skull (headache, visual problems, blurred vision, blind spots, double vision)
- High sensitivity to sunlight
You should tell your doctor if you experience any of the following Oxytetracycline side effects:
- Discolouration of teeth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swelling of the gullet
- Loss of appetite
- Redness of the skin, flaky skin
- Thrush or irritation round anus and genitals
Common Epiduo side effects include:
- A skin rash on the areas that you’ve used Epiduo
- Redness, irritation, or burning sensation where you’ve used Epiduo
- Dry or scaly skin
If you experience any of these side effects or any others, consult your doctor.
Oxytetracycline belongs to a group of antibiotics called the tetracyclines. It is used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections, as well as acne.
The oxytetracycline antibiotic targets the bacteria which inflame the skin when you have acne. The treatment works since the antibiotic kills the bacteria which contribute to your acne (Propionebacterium acnes). This bacteria feeds on the sebum produced by glands in the skin. These bacteria produce waste products that inflame the sebaceous glands, producing whiteheads and itchy, red skin. By using an antibiotic treatment to control the growth of the bacterial population which result in acne, your acne can be managed.
Epiduo contains benzoyl peroxide, which kills bacteria around your acne symptoms, and adapalene, which works like vitamin A to help your skin function.
You should not stop your treatment without your doctor’s consent, even if your skin has cleared up. If you stop without consent, you may get recurring acne, which is more severe. As with all antibiotic treatments, it is important you finish the course as prescribed.
There are many common myths about what causes acne. A bad and unbalanced diet is, of course, bad for your general health. However, no clinical studies have shown a direct link between food and acne. Many people think that stress can bring on acne. However, this is not true; it can only worsen your acne if you already suffer from it. The best thing to do is to follow your treatment plan and remember to take your pills at the correct time.
Yes you can apply makeup whilst suffering from acne and whilst taking treatment. However, greasy makeup may be contributing to inflaming your skin and worsening your acne. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid greasy makeup whilst you have acne.
You can still take oral contraceptives whilst on this treatment. This antibiotic does not affect how well your contraceptive pill works. However, sometimes antibiotics can make you feel sick or cause diarrhoea. If you vomit 2 hours after taking your contraceptive pill, or if you have diarrhoea that lasts more than 24 hours, you pill might be less effective and you should use extra precautions such as condoms until you’ve taken the pill regularly for 7 days.
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients in the tablets
- You have had long term kidney or liver problems
- You have systemic lupus erythematosus (rashes on the face, hair loss, fever and joint pain)
- You are under 12 years old
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You can’t avoid being exposed to a lot of direct sunlight
You must inform your doctor if you suffer from myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness, difficulty chewing and swallowing and slurred speech) or if you have reduced kidney or liver function.
- Vitamin A
- Retinoids (acitretin, isotretinoin and tretinoin to treat acne)
- Anticoagulants (i.e. warfarin)
- Diuretics (i.e. furosemide)
- Kaolin-pectin and bismuth subsalicylate (for the treatment of diarrhoea)
- Medicines to treat diabetes (i.e. insulin, glibenclamide or gliclazide)
- Methoxyflurane (anaesthetic; tell your doctor if you are due to have an operation)
- Antacids or other preparations containing aluminium, calcium, iron, magnesium, bismuth or zinc salts ( you should not take these at the same time as you take your Oxytetracycline)
- Medications that contain: clindamycin, tretinoin, fluocinolon, hydroquinone, isotretinoin, or mequinol