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LYMECYCLINE

Brand Name(s) : Tetralysal 300
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

LYMECYCLINE WARNINGS

Lymecycline should be used with caution in: patients with kidney or liver problems, systemic lupus erythematosus (a long-term allergic condition that causes jointpain, skinrashes or fever), or myasthenia gravis (a muscle weakness disease).

It should not be used in: pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding, children under 12 years of age, those with severe kidney problems, or those with a blood disorder called acute porphyria.

Also see list of precautions and interactions.

STORAGE

Store below 25°C.

LYMECYCLINE USES

What is it used for?

  • Lymecycline is used to treat a number of problems.
  • It is a tetracycline antibacterial drug, sometimes known as an antibiotic.
  • It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria in many different parts of the body.
  • In general this drug is used to treat acne, often called pimples or spots. This medication attacks the bacteria that are one of the main causes of acne. This medicine can also be used to treat many other infections caused by bacteria (it is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which means it is effective against a wide range of bacteria).
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include treatment and prevention of acne and eradication and resolution of bacterial infections, allowing recovery.

Listed below are the typical uses of lymecycline.

  • Treatment of acne
  • Treatment of infections in the ear, nose, throat and lungs (including the treatment and prevention of bronchitis); infections of the gut and urinary tract; sexually transmitted diseases caused by an organism called chlamydia (a type of bacterium) and chlamydial infections of the eye (trachoma); treating infections caused by Rickettsiae micro-organisms transmitted by lice, fleas, ticks and mites; and soft tissue (e.g. skin) infections.

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list. Such conditions are listed below.

  • None known.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Take this medication by mouth, usually once or twice daily, with or without food. Tablets should always be taken with a glass of water.
  • Use this medication for the duration of the prescription in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told not to by your doctor.
  • It may take some time before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • Avoid drinking large quantities of milk, indigestion remedies or medicines containing iron or zinc, 2 hours before or after taking this medicine. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • Always complete the full course as prescribed by your doctor.

LYMECYCLINE SIDE EFFECTS

  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tooth discolouration with prolonged use
  • Rashes
  • Red blotchy spots on the skin
  • Itching
  • Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight (photosensitivity)
  • Sore or painful tongue or mouth
  • Inflammation and ulcers of the gullet, causing pain when swallowing
  • Headache with or without disturbances in eyesight.
If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms: yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice); severe, persistent or bloody diarrhoea (which may be associated with stomach pain or fever); or persistent or severe headache, particularly with eyesight disturbances.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

LYMECYCLINE PRECAUTIONS

Before taking lymecycline, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other antibiotics; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of: severe kidney problems, or a blood disorder called acute porphyria.

Before using this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following: any kidney or liver problems, systemic lupus erythematosus (a long-term allergic condition that causes joint pain, skin rashes or fever), or myasthenia gravis (a muscle weakness disease).

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • It is not known whether drinking alcohol affects this drug's action.

The elderly: lymecycline can be used in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Lymecycline is not safe to take if you are, or are planning to become, pregnant. Use of lymecycline during pregnancy may affect the growth of developing teeth and lead to permanent teeth discolouration

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Lymecycline is not safe to take if you are breastfeeding. Use of lymecycline during breastfeeding may affect the growth of developing teeth and lead to permanent teeth discolouration

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

LYMECYCLINE INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur:

  • Retinoids, used to treat acne, psoriasis and leukaemia (e.g. isotretinoin, tretinoin or acitretin)
  • Diuretics (e.g. hydrochlorothiazide).

If you are currently using any such medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting lymecycline.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:

  • Immunosuppressants (e.g. ciclosporin)
  • Blood-thinning drugs (e.g. warfarin)
  • Ulcer-healing drugs (e.g. sucralfate)
  • Supplements containing calcium, aluminium, magnesium, zinc or iron
  • Antacids, used in indigestion remedies
  • Quinapril, used to lower blood pressure.

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using lymecycline, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

LYMECYCLINE OVERDOSE

The effects of overdose with lymecycline are not known.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of lymecycline or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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