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Antibiotic Acne Taking
Are acne antibiotics worth taking? I've read they they just damage your stomach/liver and acne comes back once you stop (sometimes even more severely)
Can be helpful: Antibiotics are generally reserved for severe or "cystic" acne, usually with an inflammatory component. They are very useful because when used correctly, they can be more effective than topical medications alone. There can be side effects with antibiotics, as with any medications. It's best to speak with your doctor in regards to any specifics of a treatment course. ...Read more
I have a culture proven candida overgrowth due to 5 years of taking broad spectrum antibiotics for acne. After taking a year of Amphotericin B troches and 3 months of nasal spray for oral and nasopharnyx/sinus candida my ID doctor prescribed Voriconazol
Incomplete question!: There is a 150 character limit, and your question was cut off. Please ask again, and know we won't be able to track your previous question. So keep the question brief but complete, but there is a place to list your meds and medical problems, which will help. ...Read more
No.: There is no interaction between creatine and any of the antibiotics normally used to treat acne, to the best of my knowledge. What worries me more is that you have acne at the age of 42. Has your doctor looked for a cause? There could be an underlying problem that is causing this, assuming it's not something obvious like anabolic steroids. ...Read more
I have vaginal itching, occasional headaches, no discharge. I am on antibiotics for acne and am taking Flonase. What do I do to get rid of the itching?
Which antibiotic?: Which antibiotic? More than one??? Dose? Other meds? Birth control? Probably you will do much better with spironolactone than with any antibiotic. Adult women with acne usually get much better result with the antiandrogen, and seldom have side effects. Also it is safer and less expensive. Not to be used if pregnant or kidney failure. The main thing is to stop antibiotic (s) and tell the DR. ...Read more
I have acne and currently taking antibiotic for the 4th time. Am I possible have developed resistance and what is the alternative?
You may need more: An antibiotic should not be used as sole therapy for acne. And for yo, it may not be sufficient. If your acne has produced scarring, something stronger -- perhaps even Isotretinoin -- may be required. Sometimes the oral contracetive pill, if right for you, clears a young woman completely; spironolactone is sometimes overlooked but may work. ...Read more
It works: Part of the complex problem of acne is a particular bacterium that likes the oils in the skin. They are impossible to eliminate, but keeping these creatures at bay goes a long way to controlling acne. You'll weigh the risks and benefits with your physician and make the right choice. Good luck. ...Read more
Bacteriostatic: The macrolides and the tetracyclines are both widely used; there are others as well. ...Read more
Antibiotics do help: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter Benzoyl Peroxide Gel or cream is helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral contraceptives (for women) and oral antibiotics are options also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist may prescribe oral accutane. ...Read more
Acne treatment: That is not a decision you have to make as your doctor will prescribe it for you. Acne is not caused by bacteria and the infection of the comedone is a secondary process that leads to inflammation and needs extraction and proper antibiotic for 7-14 days. Antibiotics do not prevent Acne and prolonged use is not advised. ...Read more
Modern Rx: Antibiotics should never be used as sole treatment of acne. If you've failed on a combination of a good topical (benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid) and a topical or systemic antibiotic, or the oral contraceptive pill or spironolactone if you're female, it's time to talk about isotretinoin. It's not for the faint-hearted but most people are very satisfied if they stay the course. ...Read more
Several options: Continue using topical benzoyl peroxide. If you're a lady and can take the oral contraceptive pill, this may clear you. Topical spironolactone is sometimes overlooked. Photodynamic rx is experimental. If you realize that you've failed on antibiotics plus a topical agent like benzoil peroxide or a retinoic acid derivative, consider isotretinoin. It works but isn't for the faint-hearted. ...Read more
How severe?: Never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne. I trust you are also using topical benzoyl peroxide. Systemic tetracycline can be a good adjunct. A woman can use spironolactone and/or the oral contraceptive pill to get clear. If the acne is likely to produce scars, or doesn't clear well on the Rx's I've mentioned, isotretinoin may be a life-saver -- acne is a grave professional liability. ...Read more
Let's talk: Whoever told you that "antibiotics are bad" did you a disservice. Despite the scare scenarios, they are reasonably safe and worth the small risk. Topical Clindamycin would be a reasonable next step for you and is basically without danger. You could try adding a retinoic acid derivative instead. If these fail, and you won't take oral tetracycline, it's right to accutane. ...Read more
Kills skin bacteria: One of the contributing factors to acne is bacteria infection. The antibiotics treat this cause of acne, but it doesn't treat the other contributing factors like plugged pores, skin oil & hormones. Medications like benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, salicylic acid, and birth control pills are used to treat the other factors. ...Read more
What is the best way to tackle Acne without medication like antibiotics etc? What would you recommend?
I'm on a few antibiotics and started getting acne. Is the acne from my antibiotics or from my health issues?
I have been suffering from acne since 6years and eating antibiotics for the same time is there any stopping age for it?
Scientific Rx: Acne self-cures as you get older but the time is unpredictable. I was able to stop taking medication at age 50. Stop the antibiotics -- never use antibiotics alone for acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated has not cleared you in two weeks, it's time to consider adding a second prescription rx -- anything from spironolactone to Isotretinoin -- not for the faint-hearted. ...Read more
Took antibiotics for acne for a week then stopped. Is an acne relapse possible within a week, or does it take longer to show?
Acne???: You list a diagnosis of rosacea. This is very unlikely at your age, 20. Which antibiotic at which dose? Antibiotic therapy for acne is low dose doxycycline or minocycline with response expected only after 2 or 3 MONTHS. If you cleared acne in 1 week it was not due to antibiotic. Antibiotic treatment for adult women with acne is far less effective, and less well tolerated, than SPIRONOLACTONE. ...Read more
Hello Dr, I have acne and have been on antibiotic on and off but not much improvement. What should I do!!! Please advise. Thanks.
Go back to your doct: And use the medication as directed (daily). ...Read more