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Oxytetracycline

Oxytetracycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning that it can be used to combat many types of infections and illnesses.

Oxytetracycline works to stop the multiplication of bacteria, reducing symptoms and ultimately getting rid of the infection.

As well as being used to treat chest infections and urinary tract infections, this antibiotic is a go-to treatment for acne and severe rosacea. Oxytetracycline directly combats propionibacterium – the bacteria behind acne which is found in the sebum. The drug belongs to the tetracycline antibiotic family, and other generic medications in the same family include:

  • Demeclocycline hydrochloride
  • Oxytetracycline
  • Lymecycline
  • Minocycline
  • Doxycycline
  • Tigecycline

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Last PIL Review Date: 10/01/2020

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What is Oxytetracycline?

Oxytetracycline belongs to the tetracycline family of antibiotics. These types of antibiotics are broad-spectrum, so can treat a range of illnesses, and oxytetracycline is often used as a treatment for acne and severe rosacea due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The antibiotic works to kill bacteria and rid the body of infection, though as with all antibiotics, caution should be taken due to the fact that they can also kill the “good” bacteria your body needs for its immune system.

What is Oxytetracycline used for?

Oxytetracycline can treat a range of infections and illnesses, such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Whooping cough
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Chlamydia
  • Acne
  • Severe rosacea
  • Ophthalmic infections
  • Cholera
  • Bubonic plague

The antibiotic can of course treat more conditions than those listed above, but this will be at the discretion of your doctor depending on if you have any other medical conditions or allergies.

Always finish your course of antibiotics, regardless of how you feel. This will make sure that the infection doesn’t recur and you’re completely free of the offending bacteria.

What are the side effects of Oxytetracycline?

As with most medicines, Oxytetracycline can cause side effects in some people. Whilst you may not experience any, it’s useful to know what you may feel as a result of the antibiotics. Common side effects reported are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Rash
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Difficulty swallowing or pain when swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Visual disturbances
  • Headache
  • Thrush
  • Jaundice and liver problems
  • Colitis

It’s fairly normal to experience these side effects when taking oxytetracycline, but if you’re experiencing severe headaches beyond what you’d normally be able to manage, please seek medical help immediately.

If you experience an allergic reaction such as shortness of breath, a tight chest, difficulty breathing and a swollen face, stop taking the medicine immediately and seek medical attention.

The medication itself shouldn’t affect your ability to drive, as it is non-drowsy, but should the side effects make you feel particularly unwell, you should refrain from driving or operating machinery until you feel well enough to do so.

Who shouldn’t take oxytetracycline?

There are some groups of people that should avoid taking this particular antibiotic unless instructed by their own GP.

If you’ve previously had an allergic reaction to oxytetracycline, it’s highly unlikely that your GP will prescribe it to you again due to the added risks.

If you’ve been diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, using oxytetracycline may increase muscle weakness. It isn’t recommended for you to take the medication unless otherwise stated by your own GP.

Oxytetracycline may exacerbate systemic lupus erythematosus, so please tell a doctor if you suffer with this condition, or disclose it in a patient questionnaire if ordering antibiotics online.

There are also some medicines that interact with oxytetracycline, either making it less effective, or affecting how the other drugs work. The most common interactions are:

  • Antacids
  • Calcium supplements
  • Magnesium salts
  • Zinc salts
  • Ranitidine bismuth citrate
  • Kaolin
  • Aluminium salts
  • Iron preparations

If you’re taking any of these medications, speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice. Always read the patient information leaflet to check that you aren’t taking any other medications that could interact with oxytetracycline.

How do you take Oxytetracycline?

Oxytetracycline should always be swallowed whole with a full glass of water. They normally come in a 250mg dose, and you may have to take two at a time depending on your doctor’s advice.

The antibiotics should always be taken on an empty stomach, so make sure you take them either an hour before food, or wait until at least 2 hours after you’ve eaten.

How do I take Oxytetracycline for treatment of Acne?

Using oxytetracycline for the treatment of acne usually means that you’ll be taking the drug on a longer-term basis than for an illness like a chest infection. This likely means that your doctor will want to monitor you and your symptoms.

Generally, if your symptoms don’t subside within 6 months, you’ll be advised to stop taking the antibiotics and seek other treatment.

Oxytetracycline for rosacea

Although some doctors may prefer other methods of treatment for the chronic skin condition, many turn to oxytetracycline to reduce symptoms and redness.

The antibiotic is generally given at a low, anti-inflammatory dose for a few weeks until the patient’s symptoms subside. They are usually monitored whilst on the low-dose due to the risks that taking antibiotics long-term can carry. It can take a while for results to show, but your GP will advise on whether to stop treatment if you aren’t seeing an improvement in symptoms.

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Oxytetracycline Dosage Quantity Cost Including Consultation
Oxytetracycline 1 x 112 tablets £20.99
Oxytetracycline 2 x 112 tablets £35.98
Oxytetracycline 3 x 112 tablets £44.97

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