Oxytetracycline tablets are bacteriostatic antibiotic, it is effective at treating skin conditions such as Acne vulgaris.

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What is Oxytetracycline?

Oxytetracycline is an antibiotic that belongs to the tetracycline family of antibiotics. The antibacterial properties are useful for the treatment of acne as well as other types of infections.

How does it work?

Acne is caused by bacteria on the skin, Oxytetracycline interferes with the proliferation of bacteria on the skin, thereby reducing the bacterial load and relieving the symptoms of acne.

Benefits of Oxytetracycline

Acne can have physical and emotional consequences; acne patches (spots) are irritable to the skin and cause discomfort and often embarrassment. Effective treatment of acne with Oxytetracycline can help patients to regain some confidence and feel better again.

Dosage Information

What is the correct dosage for Oxytetracycline?

Each tablet contains the active ingredient Oxytetracycline dihydrate at a 250mg strength.


For acne treatment, Oxytetracycline 250mg tablets are usually taken twice a day.

As Oxytetracycline is an antibiotic, it can also be used to treat other ailments, for which your doctor can advise on the dose.

If you miss your dose of Oxytetracycline, take it as soon as you remember. If your next dosage is approaching, skip the missed dosage and proceed to the next. Don't panic, but don't double to make up for a missed dosage.

Take as much fluid as you can:

They should be taken with plenty of fluid while sitting or standing up. This is to prevent irritation of the oesophagus (throat). Because oxytetracycline tablets are made less effective by some foods, they should be taken one hour before meals or two hours after meals.

Take for at least six weeks:

As with other antibiotics for acne, oxytetracycline pills may take several weeks to show results. If you do not notice any progress after 6 months, you should see your doctor explore your treatment options. These pills should be used for a minimum of three months to treat acne.

Separate medicines if you are taking any:

Certain over-the-counter medications, particularly those used to treat indigestion or heartburn, may reduce the effectiveness of oxytetracycline 250mg tablets by limiting its absorption by the stomach. You may still take indigestion medications while taking a course of oxytetracycline 250mg, however, it is recommended to wait at least two to three hours in between the two medications.

Oxytetracycline and other medication

Talk to your doctor first:

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently taking any medications, including those obtained without a prescription and natural remedies. Similarly, consult your doctor or pharmacist before beginning any new medication while on oxytetracycline.

With painkillers:

You can take it with painkillers that include paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Contraception and Oxytetracycline:

Oxytetracycline is not a contraceptive and does not interfere with hormonal contraceptives such as the pill. However, if you experience vomiting or diarrhoea while taking this antibiotic, the effectiveness in preventing pregnancy by your oral contraceptives may be reduced. If this occurs, follow the vomiting and diarrhoea instructions given in the booklet that came with your oral contraception medicines

Antibiotics that alter gut flora may decrease oestrogen re-absorption. A few women on the pill have become pregnant after using Oxytetracycline. Women receiving a short course of antibiotics were advised to use the barrier technique in addition to taking the tablet for seven days.

Side effects & precautions

Anti-blood-clotting effects:

Anticoagulants Oxytetracycline may enhance the anticoagulant action of coumarin medications such as warfarin. If you are on warfarin, your doctor will need to monitor your blood clotting time (INR) before and after starting oxytetracycline therapy.

Does Oxytetracycline cause constipation?

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and stomach discomfort are common effects. Patients may also suffer headaches and dizziness. Oxytetracycline does not cause constipation.

Can I get prescription acne antibiotics online?

You can order Oxytetracycline through Access Doctor by completing a quick online health evaluation. Our prescribers will then check to see if the treatment is safe and suitable to treat your condition. Once approved, the medication will be delivered to your chosen address.

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