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A 19-year-old female asked:

should i take erythromycin tablets and lotion or differen for bad acne?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
See a dermatologist: Differin (adapalene) or tretinoin will help you. Only about 10% of women your age respond to erythromycin, an antibiotic, which sometimes is difficult to take. Spironolactone is your best bet, with or without certain birth control pills. Some birth control hormones make acne worse because of androgenic (male hormone) effects. If you have severe nodular, cystic acne, isotretinoin will rescue you.

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I have had legionnaire's disease and been treated with large doses of erythromycin. Is there any chance that the bacteria are still in my system, remaining a threat?

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Do the birth control pills that improve girls' acne also help decrease their body hair?

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I have grade 4 acne and and my face had loads of acne scars..Can u suggest creams to clear them? I don't want laser treatment or surgery

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Can you take Zoloft (sertraline) and erythromycin at the same time ?

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Yes you can..: Fortunately, there is no known interaction between the two medicines and so you should be fine. Best of luck to you.

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