Revised: 12 June 2015

Information for Consumers

Consumer Medicine Information



What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about TETRALYSAL. Please read this leaflet carefully before you start taking the capsules. It does not contain all the information available on this medicine. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking TETRALYSAL against the benefits it might have for you. If you have concerns about using this medicine ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with your pack of TETRALYSAL. You may wish to read it again later.

Before you use TETRALYSAL

When you must not use it


  • if you have an allergy to medicines containing other tetracyclines or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet;
  • if you have kidney problems. Tell your doctor if you have a condition affecting your kidneys;
  • to treat your child if he or she is younger than 8 years old;
  • if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

Tell your doctor if you have or ever had any other health problems and if you are already taking medicines.

What TETRALYSAL is used for and how it works.

TETRALYSAL contains an antibiotic used to treat certain infections such as acne.

The active ingredient in TETRALYSAL is lymecycline which belongs to the group of medicines called tetracyclines. These medicines work by killing or stopping growth of bacteria which cause infections.

How to use TETRALYSAL.

Things you must do
  • Follow carefully the instructions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist. They may differ from the instructions contained in this leaflet.
  • The usual dose of Tetralysal is one capsule morning or night. However, depending on your condition and how you react to the medicine, your doctor may ask you to take a different dose.
  • Tetralysal can be taken in the morning or at night, with or without food.
  • For the treatment of acne, your doctor may ask you to take Tetralysal for at least 8 weeks. Continue to use even though there may not be an immediate effect. Medicines can take several weeks to show an effect.
  • Tetralysal must only be used by the person it was prescribed for.

Unwanted effects

Tetralysal can cause the following unwanted effects : vomiting or feeling like vomiting, upset stomach, sore tongue and difficulty swallowing, skin rash, swelling of the lips and tongue, sore, itchy anus or vagina. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of them or any other effects.

If you take too much TETRALYSAL

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre on 0800 POISON or 0800 764 766.


TETRALYSAL contains lymecycline (equivalent to tetracycline 300mg per capsule), magnesium stearate and levilite in hard gelatine capsules.

Storage conditions

Keep TETRALYSAL and all medicines out of reach of children.

Store TETRALYSAL below 30 degrees in a cool dry place and protected from light.

Medicines should not be kept indefinitely. Return to a pharmacy any unused medicine and any medicine past its expiry date as shown on its packaging.

Further information.

If you have any questions about this product, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Galderma Australia Pty Ltd
9 Rodborough Road,
Frenchs Forest NSW 2086.

Distributed in New Zealand by:
Pacific Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd
76 Leonard Road, Mt Wellington

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