Lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel
Lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel work together to help clear spots, blackheads and whiteheads caused by acne.
Lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel are a double action treatment for moderate acne. Used together, they kill off bacteria that cause acne and prevent pimples from forming.
For clearer skin, you should take 1 lymecycline 408mg capsule each day and apply Differin gel every night for 8 to 12 weeks.
Lymecycline 408mg capsules are manufactured by Balkanpharma-Dupnitsa AD and Differin gel is manufactured by Galderma Laboratories. Lymecycline 408mg capsules is the generic form of the branded medication Tetralysal.
To request lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel, fill out a short online questionnaire. An Asda Online Doctor will check if this combination acne treatment is right for you. We can either deliver your lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel to you, or you can pick them up at your local Asda Pharmacy.
About Lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel
What are lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel and what are they used for?
Lymecycline 408mg capsules contain an antibiotic which effectively kills bacteria that causes acne. Bacteria and dead skin cells can get trapped in your pores and cause spots. Acne can come up as blackheads, whiteheads and pustules on your face, back or chest.
Differin gel is a retinoid. Retinoids work by helping the turnover of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, which means they don’t block your pores. It also helps reduce inflammation, redness and soreness caused by acne.
You cannot buy lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel over the counter at a pharmacy, but they are available from Asda Online Doctor as a combination treatment for acne.
How to use lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel
You should take 1 lymecycline 408mg capsule a day, ideally in the morning. Always swallow your lymecycline 408mg capsule whole with a glass of water.
Some medicines may interact with lymecycline and affect how well it works. The following medicines should be taken 2 hours before, or 2 hours after taking your Lymecycline 408mg capsules:
- antacids and proton pump inhibitors (for indigestion and ulcers), such as omeprazole or lansoprazole
- quinapril (for high blood pressure)
- medicine or supplements that contain calcium, aluminium, magnesium, zinc or iron
Each pack of lymecycline 408mg capsules contains 84 capsules and is enough for a 12 week course.
You should apply Differin gel at night before going to bed. Make sure to thoroughly wash and dry the area to be treated before applying Differin gel. Then spread a thin layer of Differin gel onto the affected areas using your fingertips and rub in gently, avoiding your eye area.
It may take up to 6-8 weeks to see an improvement with this combination treatment.
Who can use lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel?
You should not take lymecycline 408mg capsules or use Differin gel if you are:
- allergic to lymecycline or any other tetracycline antibiotics, such as doxycycline, oxytetracycline or minocycline
- have an allergy to adapalene or any of the ingredients listed in Differin gel
- allergic to any of the other ingredients listed in lymecycline 408mg capsules
- receiving treatment for kidney disease
- pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding
Check with your doctor before taking lymecycline 408mg capsules if you have:
- liver or kidney disease
- been diagnosed with myasthenia gravis
- systemic lupus erythematosus
Avoid using Differin gel if you:
- have open cuts or eczema
- find your skin is sensitive or irritated after application
- use corticosteroids on your skin
- are going to be spending time in direct sunlight or under artificial UV light including sunbeds
Before you use lymecycline 408mg capsules or use Differin gel, you should tell your doctor if you take:
- tablets or capsules that contain retinoids, like isotretinoin
- high doses of vitamin A
- blood thinners, such as warfarin, aspirin or rivaroxaban
- diuretics, such as furosemide
- barbiturates or medicines for epilepsy, such as phenobarbitone, phenytoin or carbamazepine
- the anaesthetic Methoxyflurane
Women who are using this treatment should make sure they are using effective contraception if they are sexually active. Long acting reversible contraception such as the implant or coil are recommended. If using a contraceptive pill, condoms should also be used. This is because of risks to a baby if you become pregnant when using this.
For more details, check the Differin gel patient information leaflet or lymecycline 408mg capsules patient information leaflet.
There are other treatment options for acne available from Asda Online Doctor such as:
- Zineryt (which contains the antibiotic erythromycin)
- Epiduo (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide)
- Aknemycin Plus (tretinoin and erythromycin)
Lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel may cause side effects, but they normally do not last long.
Common side effects of lymecycline 408mg include:
- feeling sick (nausea)
- abdominal pain
Common side effects of Differin gel include:
- skin sensitivity including burning or redness
- skin irritation including itching and peeling (dermatitis)
Stop taking your lymecycline 408mg capsules or using Differin gel and call 999 if you experience any of the following:
- swelling of the tongue or throat and difficulty breathing
- peeling and swelling of the skin
- fever with blistering around the mouth, eyes or genitals
- rash or hives
Lymecycline can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so you should avoid spending time out in the sun and use sunscreen while using lymecycline.
If you’re pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not take lymecycline 408mg capsules.
Differin gel can be used during breastfeeding but should not be applied to the chest area. If you fall pregnant while using Differin gel you must stop using it and contact your doctor.
Differin gel lifestyle tips
You should avoid using other products that contain retinoids such as tretinoin, isotretinoin or tazarotene with Differin gel. You can use Differin gel with other acne skin medications that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or azelaic acid, but these should be applied to the skin separately.
Wear sunscreen and avoid intense sunlight or artificial UV lights, such as sunbeds, while using Differin gel.
You can find further information in the Differin gel patient information leaflet or lymecycline 408mg capsules patient information leaflet.
What are the active ingredients in lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel?
Each lymecycline 408mg capsule contains 408mg of the active ingredient lymecycline equivalent to 300mg of tetracycline base. The active ingredient in Differin gel is adapalene (0.1%).
The other ingredients in lymecycline 408mg capsules are magnesium stearate and colloidal hydrated silica. The capsule shells contain gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), erythrosine (E127), quinoline yellow (E104) and indigotine (E132).
Differin gel contains other ingredients including carbomer 940, propylene glycol (E1520), poloxamer 182, disodium edetate, methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
How should lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel be disposed of?
Do not throw any lymecycline 408mg capsules or Differin gel in your bin at home. Take them to a nearby pharmacy where they can be safely disposed of.
How should lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel be stored?
Lymecycline 408mg capsules should be stored in their box to protect them from light and Differin gel should be stored in its tube until you need to use it. Keep them both in a cool and dry place.
What do lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel look like?
Lymecycline 408mg capsules are blue and white capsules. Differin gel is a white gel.
In which pack sizes are lymecycline 408mg capsules and Differin gel available?
Asda Onlne Doctor offers a pack of 84 Lymecycline 408mg capsules and a 45g tube of Differin gel.
Information on the manufacturer
The manufacturer of lymecycline 408mg capsule is Balkanpharma-Dupnitsa AD, 3 Samokovsko Shosse Str., Dupnitza 2600, Bulgaria.
The manufacturer of Differin gel is Laboratoires Galderma, ZI-Montdésir, 74540, Alby-sur-Chéran, France.
Dr Kathryn Basford
Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.Meet our doctors
Article created: 14 Oct 2021
Last reviewed: 14 Oct 2021
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