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Treatment Information

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What Is Zineryt Lotion?

Zineryt lotion is a topical acne treatment that contains an antibiotic called erythromycin.

The antibiotic kills the bacteria associated with acne, allowing the skin to heal itself naturally. The solution contains zinc to help the skin absorb the medicine and improve its healing capabilities.

With help from PrescriptionDoctor, you can say goodbye to irritating acne.

After answering some medical questions via an online questionnaire, we'll put you in touch with one of our healthcare professionals to discuss acne treatments with you.

Unlike acne creams, Zineryt does not come ready-made. Our pharmacist will pre-mix the chemicals before sending them to you. Once mixed, the medicine has a shelf life of between 5 and 8 weeks.

Zineryt is only available on prescription in the UK. One of our online doctors can issue a private prescription for Zineryt following an online consultation.

How Does Zineryt Treat Acne?

Zineryt contains erythromycin and zinc.

Erythromycin kills acne-causing bacteria.

These bacteria thrive on sebum which builds up in clogged skin pores. The bacteria excrete chemicals that irritate the skin, leading to inflammation.

By reducing the number of bacteria and their harmful excretions, the skin is able to heal.

Zinc enables the skin to heal faster and is used in various treatments, including wound dressings.

How long does Zineryt take to work?

Compared to other acne treatments, such as Oxytetracycline, Zineryt starts to work relatively quickly.

It may take between 10 and 12 weeks of treatment with Zineryt for acne to clear up.

If your acne returns, you may be able to restart treatment with Zineryt. Speak to a doctor about restarting treatment.

If no improvement appears within eight weeks, or if acne worsens, stop using Zineryt and speak to a doctor.

You can message one of our online doctors through your Prescription Doctor account. If you have any concerns about your treatment, you can inform one of our doctors, who can discuss your concerns with you.

How to use Zineryt lotion?

Zineryt comes as a dry powder and a solvent, which need to be mixed together before you can use it.

Our pharmacist will mix the solution for you before they send it so that it's ready to use right away.

One of our online prescribers will instruct you how to use Zineryt, including how much and how often you should use it.

The bottle comes with a special applicator pad built into the cap. The applicator pad makes it easier to evenly apply the lotion to your skin.

Before you use Zineryt, wash the area you will be applying the solution.

  1. Remove the cap to expose the applicator.
  2. Tip the bottle upside down so that the pad is facing downwards. Let the solution flow onto the pad evenly. Do not squeeze the bottle when you do this.
  3. Hold the pad against your face or skin and gently spread the solution over the infected area. Make sure you cover all the affected areas evenly. You can increase the flow by pressing the pad against your skin. Do not squeeze the bottle.
  4. Once you have applied Zineryt lotion, replace the cap, ensuring it fits tightly to the bottle.

You must take Zineryt for as long as prescribed. Stopping your treatment too soon may cause your infection to come back.

Avoid getting Zineryt solution in the eyes, nose and mouth. If you accidentally get Zineryt in your eyes, nose or mouth, rinse the area with cold water for a few minutes.

Let the Zineryt lotion dry before applying make-up, moisturisers or other skin care products, including other topical treatments.

What should I do if I forget to apply Zineryt lotion when I should?

If you forget to apply Zineryt lotion when you should, use it as soon as you remember.

Do not apply more Zineryt lotion to make up for the missed dose. Leave 3 hours before you use it again.

Forgetting to use Zineryt can slow down the healing process.

What should I do if I apply too much Zineryt lotion?

If you accidentally apply too much Zineryt lotion, wipe the excess away with a tissue.

Zineryt side effects and cautions

All medicines carry the risk of side effects. It is imperative to educate yourself on the possible side effects of the medication you are taking so that you can identify a problem and consult a medical professional.

You can view the patient information leaflet for Zineryt online as a PDF, which you can download or print off if you need to.

If you have questions about the Zineryt or your condition, feel free to speak to one of our doctors online.

Who should not use Zineryt?

Zineryt is not suitable for everyone.

Do not take Zineryt if you:

  • Are allergic to zinc, erythromycin, or any of the other ingredients
  • Are allergic to macrolide antibiotics (erythromycin, azithromycin, clarithromycin)

If you are unsure whether Zineryt is safe for you, ask your doctor or a pharmacist.

You should disclose all other medicines you are currently taking to one of our prescribers. They can review whether there may be interactions between Zineryt and another medication you are taking.

Side effects

Zineryt is generally well tolerated, and side effects are uncommon, affecting 1 in 1000 people. You may or may not experience the side effects listed below.

Possible side effects of taking Zineryt include:

  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
  • Difficulty breathing

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects associated with Zineryt lotion. Further information regarding the safety of Zineryt, including a complete list of side effects, can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.

If you experience any side effects after using Zineryt, report them to your doctor or call NHS 111 for advice. You can also discuss any side effects you experience with one of our online doctors.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Zineryt is safe when pregnant but should be used with caution when breastfeeding.

Do not apply the Zineryt solution to the chest area while breastfeeding.

Allergic reaction

Do not take Zineryt if you are allergic to erythromycin, zinc or other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.

If you experience an allergic reaction to Zineryt, stop taking Zineryt and seek immediate medical attention by going straight to your nearest accident and emergency department. Take the medicine and packaging with you so the doctors know exactly what you have taken.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red, watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Other safety information

Always read the patient information leaflet supplied with your Zineryt lotion before using it.

Please inform our doctors of all medications you are currently taking, including those prescribed by your doctor or bought over the counter, such as health and herbal supplements.

Zineryt should be discarded eight weeks after it is made up. You should set a reminder on your phone or mark a date in a calendar to remind you to throw away the expired medicine.

Never throw away medicine via household or water waste. Take any unwanted or expired medication to your local pharmacy and ask them to dispose of it safely on your behalf.

Always store medicine out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they have the same symptoms or have been diagnosed with the same condition.

Frequently asked questions

Can I drink alcohol while using Zineryt?

It is safe to drink alcohol while using Zineryt lotion. Always drink in moderation and avoid drinking more than the recommended 14 units of alcohol per week.

Will Zineryt affect my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Zineryt lotion is unlikely to impact your ability to drive or operate machinery.

Will Zineryt affect my contraceptive pill?

Zineryt is unlikely to interfere with hormonal contraceptives, such as the combined contraceptive pill or the mini pill.

Does Zineryt contain benzoyl-peroxide?

No, Zineryt lotion does not contain benzoyl-peroxide. All ingredients are listed in the patient information leaflet.

When should I stop using Zineryt?

Your doctor will determine when you should stop using Zineryt lotion. It is important to keep applying Zineryt lotion for as long as they have prescribed it.

When does Zineryt expire?

Zineryt lotion expires eight weeks after it has been made up. You should not use Zineryt lotion after these eight weeks. Discard the medicine according to your local pharmacy, even if you have medicine left.

Can Zineryt cause hair loss?

Hair loss is not listed as a side effect of Zineryt. If you have concerns about the side effects listed in the patient information leaflet, speak to your doctor.

Can Zineryt lotion cause thrush?

Some people may experience thrush after taking antibiotics, such as erythromycin. However, it is unlikely that Zineryt lotion will cause thrush. If you develop thrush while using Zineryt, speak to your doctor or ask a pharmacist for advice.

Can I order Zineryt online?

You can get a private prescription of Zineryt online from Prescription Doctor following an online consultation. Complete our online medical form for one of our prescribers to review. If your order is approved before 3 pm, our UK-based pharmacy will dispense and dispatch your item the same day for next-day discreet delivery service.

Additional resources

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How to use tea tree oil for acne

What causes 'bacne' and how is it treated?

Natural ways to control your acne

Control your hormones; control your acne


NHS, 2019. Acne: Overview, causes, diagnosis, treatment, complications.

British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), 2020. Acne.

Leo Laboratories Ltd., 2018. Zineryt powder and solvent for cutaneous solution: Summary of Product Characteristics

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Zineryt
  • Active Ingredient(s): Erythromycin (40 mg/ml) and zinc acetate (12 mg/ml)
  • Manufacturer: Astellas Pharma
  • Administration: Apply to affected area
  • Presentation: Solution Bottle
  • Available Strength: 30ML and 90ML erythromycin (40 mg/ml) and zinc acetate (12 mg/ml)
  • Exemption: Prescription only medication
  • Application: Men and women over 18 with acne
  • Dosage: Twice daily to acne affected area
  • Description: Zineryt solution is a topical acne treatment containing the antibiotic erythromycin.
  • Drug Class: Antibiotic
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Safe to take while pregnant.
  • When Breastfeeding: Do not apply on chest area while breastfeeding.
  • Price: 17.99 GBP
Click here to view the Zineryt - Patient Information Leaflet

Authored By

Mohamed Imran

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

MPharm - Lead Pharmacist
Imran Lakhi is the superintendent pharmacist and founder at Prescription Doctor. He has been at the core of our team.

Published on: 11/09/2018

Reviewed By

Dr Giuseppe Aragona
Dr. Giuseppe utilises his extensive experience in general practice to ensure the accuracy and safety of the website's content.

Reviewed on: 13/03/2024

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