A 26-year-old female asked:
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i have been suffering from acne for a couple years and have been taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for 4 months. acne has cleared so can i stop taking the medication?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Yes: You should not take an antibiotic as sole therapy for acne in any case, or any antibiotic for a long time. Your best move would be to stop this and continue whatever topical agent you are using, or topical benzoyl peroxide at least for a while; taper it and see what happens. If you recur, chances are a topical agent will clear you; if not get with your physician.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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Dr. Su Fairchild
24 years experience Integrative Medicine
You also should consider probiotics to rebalance your gut flora.
Apr 3, 2014

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Keep exploring: I trust you know not to use an antibiotic as sole therapy for acne, and that you are probably using topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoids acid. Me ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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No: You risk a severe reaction to alcohol while on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim).
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It should not: No it shouldn't.

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