Tetracyklin treatment against severe cases of acne

Some acne cases are really extreme and need more care! But how does oral antibiotics work and should you take them? Lets us guide you here.

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Question: “Tetracyklin treatment against severe cases of acne”

Hey Mads

I found your website at the same time as I examined information about Tetracycline, which my doctor recommended I should start taking. I hope you can tell me what Tetracycline really is, how Tetracycline works and what side effects you can get when taking Tetracycline.

A little about my background. I am 26 years old and have been bothered with pimples since the 7th grade. Now I really want to get rid of the pimples, which really has become too embarrassing. After all, I’m 26 years old and I still look like a teenager.

However, I find it difficult to find a lot of information about Tetracycline and therefore I decided to write to you :-D

Previously I have tried a lot of different skincare products, but nothing seems to be harsh enough to remove my pimples. I also regularly go to the cosmetologist but am tired of looking horribly for 2-3 days after the treatment – so normally I always have coordinate the trips to the cosmetologist in relation to parties etc. Plus it is not cheap to go to a cosmetologist and the treatments haven’t really helped me, so I thought I have to try some medicine. But I want to start with the correct treatment, so I hope you will tell what Tetracycline is :-)

Thank you for your reply in advance


Answer to: “Tetracyklin treatment against severe cases of acne”

Hi Liv

Thank you very much for your question! I am incredibly sad to hear that you’ve been struggling with pimples and acne for so many years – I personally know the feeling too well myself.

It’s VERY frustrating!

However, I really hope that you would have found Danish Skin Care a little earlier – and written to me – then I would have advised you to drop these cosmetologist treatments, which just make your skin worse. And I would definitely have liked to help you forget all your thoughts about harsher and harsher skin care products.

Proper treatment of pimples, acne and unclean skin should not be done with harsh skin care products. On the contrary, harsh skin care products can cause aggravation and skin irritation.

Proper treatment of pimples, acne and unclean skin should be done with mild skin care products that do not cause skin irritation. And of course, treatment of pimples should be done with skin care products that contain a LOT of super good ingredients that help treat the skin and remove pimples, acne and unclean skin.

And you can rest assure that I will also tell you more about Tetracycline, which is used to treat serious cases of pimples.

Tetracycline is an antibiotic. More specifically, Tetracycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic. The antibiotic in Tetracycline acts by inhibiting the protein synthesis of bacteria. While Tetracycline inhibits bacteria protein synthesis, Tetracycline also stops the metabolism of the bacteria and thus their propagation.

In short, Tetracycline helps to stop the bacteria in the skin, which will otherwise cause pimples.

Since Tetracycline is an antibiotic, Tetracycline is also used for other bacterial infections – antibiotics are just brilliant for stopping infections where other medicines do not work.

Today, Tetracycline is used primarily for the treatment of chlamydia infections, malaria and acne. So you can see that Tetracycline is used quite widely :-)


The required dose of Tetracycline depends on the disease you want to treat and the severity of the disease. Against acne, pimples and unclean skin, adults should take 250-500 mg of Tetracycline a day over several months – the correct amount should be determined by a doctor and Tetracycline should only be prescribed by a doctor.

A single Tetracycline pill contains 250 mg or 333 mg Tetracycline Hydrochloride.

When you are on antibiotics it is important not to drink or eat dairy products as dairy products inhibit the absorption of antibiotics in the body. Therefore, you should not eat cheese, yogurt and similar dairy products or drink milk when you are taking Tetracycline.

At least you should not drink and eat dairy products 3 hours before or 3 hours after taking Tetracycline. Therefore, a Tetracycline pillow can be quite a difficult treatment to get through if you are used to drinking and eating a lot of dairy products.

In addition to dairy products, there are also a wide range of drugs that can inhibit the absorption. This applies to iron preparations and products containing calcium, magnesium, aluminium or zinc. Of course, you can also read in the package pamphlet what to avoid – and one’s doctor will of course also guide you in this matter. However, it may be a good idea to drop all types of vitamin pills at least during the entire treatment with Tetracycline – a thing that a doctor may not even remember to tell you about.


In conjunction with a Tetracycline pillow, there are a number of side effects that should be noted beforehand. Most of all, in order to be a little extra good about yourself during the months the treatment lasts.

The common side effects that most people experience when taking Tetracycline is nausea and bad stomach. In addition, there is some people experience vomiting and diarrhea when they are taking Tetracycline.

Now it may not be the case for you at 26, as you are through your development. However, I have to mention that Tetracycline also has an adverse effect on children’s development – and the side effect also helps to emphasize that Tetracycline is only treatment for severe cases of pimples, acne and unclean skin.

Children and adolescents treated with Tetracycline may experience inadequate development of dental enamel and discoloration of the tooth enamel, as Tetracycline may cause growth inhibition of bones in children.

The more abnormal side effects are sores and tightening of the esophagus, although a common side effect may be problems with digestion and appetite.

The abnormal side effects also include hives and hypersensitivity to light. Lastly, I have to point out that when you are taking Tetracycline, you shouldn’t sunbathe, use solarium and you shouldn’t stay too longer in the sun.

Now that we are talking about the side effects, you’ll also get the more rare side effects of Tetracycline, which is colonitis, affecting liver function, inflammation of the pancreas and increased pressure in the skull.

In addition, there is a serious allergic condition with rapid blood pressure drop, respiratory distress and possibly cramps. In addition, kidney damage and visual disturbances can occur.


You must never take Tetracycline – or any other type of antibiotic – if you are taking Isotretinoin. Tetracycline may also reduce the effect of other types of antibiotics.

In addition, Tetracycline should not be given to children under the age of 12 as it can cause permanent damage to the teeth and bones (see the side effects above). Generally, you should be very careful with Tetracycline for teenagers and young people who are not fully developed.

As you can become sensitive to light, direct sunlight should be avoided as far as possible. If you have to move into the sun, always remember to apply sunscreen.

You must not donate blood while you are being treated with Tetracycline. When finished, wait 4 more weeks before donating blood.


Treatment with Tetracycline is a rather expensive pill treatment. Fortunately, there are several different preparations in Denmark in which Tetracycline is the active substance. This usually ensures one of the preparations to be cheaper than the others as the brands fight against each other over customers.

Below are the trade names of some of the most used products with Tetracycline:

  • Tetracycline “DAK”
  • Oxytetral®
  • Tetralysal®
  • Tygacil®
  • Vibradox®

Because the treatment continues over several months, and you only get a prescription for a small amount of pills at a time, this is also why you regularly have to go to the doctor and have a new recipe, you can always change your brand from time to time. The active substance, Tetracycline, is the same in all the brands – so you will always the possibility to chose the cheapest, which the pharmacy can help you with.

I hope that I with the above answers have made you more aware of what tetracycline is. In conclusion, however, I would like to emphasize that Tetracycline only should be used in severe cases of pimples, acne and unclean skin – where other medicines have not worked. That’s an important point! Tetracycline is an antibiotic and since we can become resistant to antibiotics, you should really consider the possible consequences of starting a treatment with Tetracycline! You can become resistant to antibiotics and thus it may be difficult to solve other more serious diseases which requires antibiotics in the future.

Therefore, I would recommending you to look into my Danish Acne Cure, where you can get guidance for alternative – and really effective – treatment of pimples, acne and unclean skin. So you, like myself, can get rid of your pimples :-D

– Get The Danish Acne Cure Here – Get rid of your pimples without medicine

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