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What is oxytetracycline?

Oxytetracycline is an oral antibiotic which can be used to treat acne. They are available as 250mg tablets.

How does oxytetracycline work?

Oxytetracycline belongs to a group of medicines called broad spectrum tetracycline antibiotics. This means that is is active against a large number of bacteria which cause infections.

How is oxytetracycline used?

Two tablets (500 mg) twice daily. The tablets are for oral administration and are best taken on an empty stomach (1 hour before food or two hours after). If gastric irritation occurs, tablets should be taken with food. Tablets should be taken well before going to bed. Avoid direct exposure to natural or artificial sunlight and to discontinue therapy at the first sign of skin discomfort. Antacids containing aluminium, calcium, iron, magnesium or zinc may impair absorption of oxytetracycline. Allow two to three hours between doses of oxytetracycline and antacids.

What are the common side-effects of oxytetracycline?

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

oxytetracycline may cause the following side effects:

  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • nausea
  • photosensitivity reaction
  • skin reactions
  • vomiting

Who can not use oxytetracycline?

Must not be given to children below 12 years.

Known hypersensitivity to any of the tetracyclines or any of the other ingredients in the formulation, renal or hepatic impairment, systemic lupus erythematosus, pregnancy and breastfeeding women, porphyria, patients receiving vitamin A or retinoid therapy.

Additional information


112 tablets, 224 tablets, 336 tablets


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