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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Does azithromycin works on acne vulgaris ?

Does azithromycin works on acne vulgaris ?

Often helps: It's a poor choice for long-term treatment; the tetracyclines offer real advantages. Never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne. ...Read more

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Do antibiotics like azithromycin permanently cure acne?

Do antibiotics like azithromycin permanently cure acne?

No: They do not permanently cure acne, rather they just control it while you take the medication. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to get results from azithromycin gel for acne vulgaris?

About two weeks: I'd be surprised if you do not see some improvement in two weeks. If not, perhaps your physician can try some additional / other remedy. ...Read more

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My dermatologist prescribed me azithromycin for my acne.Is it safe and does it helps to clear my acne...

My dermatologist prescribed me azithromycin for my acne.Is it safe and does it helps to clear my acne...

Oral antibiotics : Commonly prescribed effective acne fighting oral antibiotics include tetracycline class antibiotics such as Doxycycline or Minocycline . At times Azithromycin or sulfa antibiotics are used depending on a patients allergies , effectiveness of previous antibiotics , dosing convenience , side effects, etc . Communicate with your doctor as to the effectiveness of your individualized treatment. ...Read more

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I'm prescribed to rake Azithromycin for treating acne, can it cause irregular periods or hormonal imbalance? Need guidance before starting to use it

No.: Azithromycin should not cause either of these problems. However, some antibiotics can lessen the effectiveness of oral contraception, so if you are on a birth control pill and are sexually active, make sure you're also using a condom.(which you should be doing anyway). ...Read more

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I use azithromycin to control my acne breakouts.Is azithromycin 500mg three tabs/week usually twice a month safe?Any short/long term side effects?

I use azithromycin to control my acne breakouts.Is azithromycin 500mg three tabs/week usually twice a month safe?Any short/long term side effects?

Yes: This is a good safe way to keep your acne at bay. If it is working for you and your physician is good with it, that's great. I understand you have scarring and am sorry your acne was not originally treated as it could have been, but several hollywood leading men have chosen to keep their scars for the "tough guy" look. ...Read more

Azithromycin (Definition)

Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin)[1] is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[2][not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more