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Can the antibiotic clindamycin cause acne since I been taking for three days my face has broke out?

Can the antibiotic clindamycin cause acne since I been taking for three days my face has broke out?

Clindamycin: A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing. Do not just ignore this. See the dermatologist who prescribed this. ...Read more

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An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Hello doctor can taking antibiotics for treating acne cause imbalances in hormones and monthly cycles of periods in females?

Hello doctor can taking antibiotics for treating acne cause imbalances in hormones and monthly cycles of periods in females?

No: While antibiotics may affect effectiveness of artificial hormones such as birth control pills, there is no relationship between antibiotic use altering natural hormone levels and/or your periods. Look for another reason for your "imbalances" or disruption of your periods. ...Read more

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I have had pretty severe acne for four years now (I'm 21). Have tried all antibiotics and topical treatments but nothing helps. Possible causes?

I have had pretty severe acne for four years now (I'm 21). Have tried all antibiotics and topical treatments but nothing helps. Possible causes?

Big guns: I'm going to assume your periods are normal and there's not a major hormonal problem. Antibiotics should never be used alone for acne, and even combined with topical Rx are not always effective. You will never find the cause. The disease eventually remits (mine did at age 50) but until then, you must manage it. If spironolactone and the oral contraceptive pill fail, it's isotretinoin. Be brave. ...Read more

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I am experiencing extreme fatigue since I have started tetracycline antibiotics for acne 5 weeks ago. Can it cause anaemia?

I am experiencing extreme fatigue since I have started tetracycline antibiotics for acne 5 weeks ago. Can it cause anaemia?

Probably not, but...: Tetracycline and related drugs (doxycycline, minocycline) are unlikely to cause either anemia or fatigue. However, stranger things have happened. Discuss with the doctor who prescribed it. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does long term antibiotic use cause yellow teeth in kids with acne?

Does long term antibiotic use cause yellow teeth in kids with acne?

Unlikely: The tetracyclines were used many years ago for a variety of infections as one of the earlier effective antibiotics. By 30 years ago most understood that they could stain teeth if used while the teeth were forming & quit using them for kids under 8-10yrs. A teen with acne has already passed the stage where staining would occur. ...Read more

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If I am on antibiotic and an acne gel, can that affect or cause false results on a toxoplasma IgG test or a Lyme IgG test?

If I am on antibiotic and an acne gel, can that affect or cause false results on a toxoplasma IgG test or a Lyme IgG test?

No, meds won't do it: Ninety percent of us have been exposed to Toxoplasma, so it's no surprise your IgG test for that is positive. No worries there. With Lyme IgGs it depends on 'what bands' may or may not be positive. You would need at least 5 bands on the IgG test to be considered a positive, but then that needs to be interpreted in the right clinical context. Ur meds aren't at fault. Good to check back with ur doc. ...Read more

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Could antibiotic: Minomycin (in Australia), or minocycline hydrochloride, (prescribed as 3 month course - acne) cause suicidal tendencies/ depression?

Could antibiotic: Minomycin (in Australia), or minocycline hydrochloride, (prescribed as 3 month course - acne) cause suicidal tendencies/ depression?

Not likely, but: There've been some reported mood change effects - not common and severity is not mentioned. If you have a tendency toward this sort of intense depression, it might be wise to avoid this elective medication in favor of an alternative approach. Only you and your doctor know how crucial acne Tx is for you. One ting that may help is knowing it's not a meaningful depression - just short-term chemistry. ...Read more

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Is there a test to determine which bacteria are causing my acne and point to a bacteria specific antibiotic?

Is there a test to determine which bacteria are causing my acne and point to a bacteria specific antibiotic?

Yes: This is not necessary though. Dermatologist are usually successful in treating this condition. The list of medication you are taking currently seem appropriate but there are certain triggers such as diet, certain medications and hormonal changes in females, which you are not, that may need to be addressed ...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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Should I not take antibiotics for acne?

Should I not take antibiotics for acne?

Depends: Did your doctor prescribe the antibiotics? If yes, it would be advisable to take the medication.
For home treatment of acne, you may consult this site:
http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment ...Read more

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What antibiotic is useful in treating acne!?

Antibiotics in acne: There are a variety of antibiotics that can be used. Clindamycin comes as a pledget and can be applied directly to the acne lesions. ...Read more

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What is the usual antibiotic used in treating acne?

What is the usual antibiotic used in treating acne?

Pill?: Usually, but not always by any means, Erythromycin or similar. Ask your doctor for help in picking the right medication. ...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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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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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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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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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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I'm curious as to what can I combine with oral antibiotics to cure acne?

I'm curious as to what can I combine with oral antibiotics to cure acne?

No cure: Acne can only be managed until it self-cures. Never use an antibiotic as the sole treatment for acne. Topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day is probably your best friend. If you need something stronger, your physician can help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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