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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)

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

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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

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

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I take antibiotic for my acne, will taking creatine have any effect on it?

I take antibiotic for my acne, will taking creatine have any effect on it?

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

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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?

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

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Do you think I can use facial washes while taking acne antibiotics?

Do you think I can use facial washes while taking acne antibiotics?

Yes: Never use just an antibiotic to treat acne. Especially if you're not also using topical benzoyl peroxide, a salicylic acid face wash would be a great idea. ...Read more

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I have acne and currently taking antibiotic for the 4th time. Am I possible have developed resistance and what is the alternative?

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

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What are the advantages to taking antibiotics for my acne?

What are the advantages to taking antibiotics for my acne?

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

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Doctors can you tell me when should one start taking acne antibiotics?

Doctors can you tell me when should one start taking acne antibiotics?

When easy Rx fails: If topical benzoyl peroxide does not do an adequate job, topical antibiotics such as clindamycin, systemic antibiotics such as tetracycline, and a topical retinoic acid derivative are all options. ...Read more

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Will antibiotics help acne?

Will antibiotics help acne?

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

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Do antibiotics help with acne?

Do antibiotics help with acne?

Mostly Topical: We sometimes use oral Antibiotics from Tetraccycline group like Minocycline but not always
We more often use topical antibiotics like Clindamycine along with Benzyl Peroxide and/or retinoids for acne ...Read more

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What are the best antibiotics for acne?

What are the best antibiotics for acne?

See your doctor: You have several anti-acne drugs available to you. Some have significant side-effects, making a discussion with your doctor vital. ...Read more

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What are the best and worst antibiotics for acne?

What are the best and worst antibiotics for acne?

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

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What can I do if antibiotics didn't treat my acne?

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

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What do you recommend for antibiotics for moderate acne?

What do you recommend for antibiotics for moderate acne?

Never solo: Plain tetracycline 600 mg 2x/day is great, but never use it as sole treatment -- topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated goes well with it. ...Read more

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Does acne really get worse after you go off an antibiotic?

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Maybe: Not only does the Doxycycline suppress the bacteria that cause acne, it exhibits an modest antiinflammatory effect. Coming off of it may lead to an acne flare, but that is not guaranteed. ...Read more

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Opinions on what's next after antibiotics to treat my acne?

Opinions on what's next after antibiotics to treat my acne?

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

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Can I take antibiotic for a mild acne? What would the best one be?

Can I take antibiotic for a mild acne? What would the best one be?

See your doctor: A doctor your acne to determine the best treatment for you and what is the safest treatment for your doctor needs to see you and examine you. ...Read more

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What antibiotic would be the best to treat sever acne in a female adult?

What antibiotic would be the best to treat sever acne in a female adult?

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

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