Lymecycline for acne

Updated July 19, 2017

Lymecycline is an antibiotic in the tetracycline family that is used to treat acne and some bacterial infections. It is typically given as an eight week course of medication, and should be taken daily for not more than three months.


A study conducted by the Department of Dermatopathology, University Medical Center Sart Tilman, Li├Ęge, and

Wyeth Lederle Medical Department, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, found that a related antibiotic, minocycline, was more effective in treating inflammatory acne than lymecycline. A second study indicated that the two medications are similarly effective, but that lymecycline is the more cost-effective treatment for moderate-to-severe acne.

How to Take

Lymecycline is generally sold as the drug Tetralysal and is available by prescription only. As with all prescription medications, take as instructed by your doctor. Tetralysal is generally prescribed in a dosage of 300 mg, and should be taken with a full glass of water at the same time daily for the duration of treatment.

Warnings and Side Effects

Lymecycline or Tetralysal should not be taken if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or have lupus or liver disease. The most common side effects of Tetralysal are nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and headache. Any patient experiencing serious side effects should stop medication and seek the advice of their doctor.

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