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    Hi,
    I’m a 16 yera old who has been prescribed Lymecycline to get rid of what feels like permanent acne.
    Only issue I have is that I cannot swallow tablets. I’m breaking them open and taking the powder with a glass of milk. I also read the powder can cause throat irritation and have 3 glasses of milk within half hour of taking the drug. I am now reading that milk and Lymecycline don’t work. I usually drink like 5 glasses of milk a day, should I stop having milk while I’m on Lymecycline? Will it still work in powder form?

    Thanks

  • #2
    It is the calcium in the milk causing the potential problem. water in Wales should be soft. So, drink water.
    johnep

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    • #3
      My understanding is that a moderate intake of milk isnt a problem.Maybe best to speak to GP if can't tolerate swallowing and an alternative can be looked at?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by beetlejuice View Post
        My understanding is that a moderate intake of milk isnt a problem.Maybe best to speak to GP if can't tolerate swallowing and an alternative can be looked at?
        I was suggested a tropic medicine which she said was unlikely to work.
        What do you mean by moderate intake of milk?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CardiffCity View Post

          I was suggested a tropic medicine which she said was unlikely to work.
          I thought oral medicine was only used in acne after topical treatment failed. Might be worth a try of one of the creams or gels.

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          • #6
            You should not be opening the capsules, due to absorption reasons and also due to the facts it is an irritant. Lymecycline can be taken with milk, in moderate quantities. The manufacturer has not specified exactly what they mean by moderate, but one could assume around 2 glass per day but I would still avoid milk. Therefore, this medicine needs to be taken whole with (ideally) a full glass of water.

            Generally speaking, these oral antibiotics are taken used if topical treatment does not yield satisfactory outcomes and are used for around 3 months (then reviewed). According to the guidelines (NICE) you should always use a topical medicines with these oral anti-bacterials too. This is in order to reduce the risk of bacterial resistance developing. So I hope they have also given you a topical treatment as well.

            There are other anti-microbial available, but they are in the same class as this medicine and also should cannot be crushed/opened.There is however, a soluble form of 100mg doxycycline, but that is not licensed for acne and is quite expensive per tablet, so it's up to your GP whether they will prescribe it. There is another class available, called macrolide i.e erythromycin but they are not generally used except in pregnant women, reason being this class is apparently no longer that effective (due to resistance).

            If you truly have major swallowing difficulties, then your main option is to try a dual topical agent e.g. isotrexin, see if it helps, if not, then you may need specialist advice.

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