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erythromycin for acne

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Not sole Rx: Never use an antibiotic as the only treatment for acne, or for more than a few months. With topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated, this can be a good ... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Yes.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
28 years experience Internal Medicine
No: It requires a doctors prescription. Sorry.
A female asked:
Dr. James Seward
22 years experience Dermatology
I : I would follow up with your dermatologist to discuss other options if you don't see improvement (it can take 4 to 8 weeks for improvement). There are ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Varies: You MUST NOT use antibiotics -- topical or systemic -- as the sole treatment for acne. They need to be part of a combined treatment with topical benzo ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
A good addition: There are both topical and systemic preparations. Never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne, but as a combination with a topical such as benz ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes but drying.: I would try benzoyl peroxide followed by retin a (tretinoin) then Erythromycin but you could switch the order of the latter two. Of course other physi ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
44 years experience Dermatology
Can't tell in 2 days: I haven't treated acne with either erythromycin or tetracycline for years -- the current antibiotics of choice are minocycline and doxycycline. That s ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
36 years experience Pediatrics
Both can be: effective. Each person has a different response to topical acne treatments. If one is tried and doesn't work well after a good trial period of time, i ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
43 years experience Dermatology
Acne: This works as a antiinflammatory drug. You still need other medication to help control problem.

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