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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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On tetracycline, acne clear up initially now it flare up again! help! i cannot do accutane. is there other ways?i dont think tetracycline works for me

On tetracycline, acne clear up initially now it flare up again! help! i cannot do accutane. is there other ways?i dont think tetracycline works for me

Multiple approach: Tetracycline dose can be increased and taking for a longer period, in addition to use of topicals like benzyol perioxide at prescription strength, or retina a or salicyclic acid and avoidance comedonic lotions. Dermatologist input will be helpful ...Read more

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Other then accutane is there any other strong acne treatment I'm on tetracycline for about 6 months now but when I take a break it just comes back?

Other then accutane is there any other strong acne treatment I'm on tetracycline for about 6 months now but when I take a break it just comes back?

Spironolactone: For adult females the best therapy is usually an anti androgen. If it is effective it can be continued for years. It is not an antibiotic. Do not use if pregnant or kidney failure. Usual dose 100mg a day but varies from 25 to 200. Note that some birth control makes acne worse while some pills make acne better. Do you have normal menses? ...Read more

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Initially my derm prescribe tetracycline with prednisolone, acne flare up,now she prescibe minocycline and xepasone.i cannot take accutane.What next?

Initially my derm prescribe tetracycline with prednisolone, acne flare up,now she prescibe minocycline and xepasone.i cannot take accutane.What next?

What next?: What do you mean exactly? Is the new regimen not working? Besides the medication, you could add fish oil 3 grams a day. Omega 3s are very important against acne. It wouldn't hurt and may help quite a bit. ...Read more

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Accutane caused me to have rosacea and i'm a 20 year old male. What is this thing doing to my body? Why do doctors prescribe this for mild acne?

Accutane caused me to have rosacea and i'm a 20 year old male. What is this thing doing to my body? Why do doctors prescribe this for mild acne?

Accutane treatment: Accutane is a vitamin a derivative used to treat acne. It is fda approved but has siginificant potential side effect and should only be used in stubborn to clear acne or widespread pustular acne which does not respond to more traditional topical and oral medications. Rosacea should be a temporary side effect from the Accutane and should clear once you are off the medicine. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can my acne heal after using accutane?

Can my acne heal after using accutane?

Accutane: You are still having acne at 37 and have been recently treated with Accutane? I have my doubts about your age which I believe to be under 16 and am unable to provide you with a response. ...Read more

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I wanted to know whether i will really heal from acne after using accutane?

I wanted to know whether i will really heal from acne after using accutane?

For a while: You'll be free for at least several months, maybe a few years. Acne eventually self-cures altogether but there's no predicting when. In the meantime, if you needed isotretinoin, stay the course and be brave. ...Read more

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I am female 5'4 and 10 stone, I have been prescribed 20mg of Accutane a day for six moths to get rid of my moderate acne. Is this the correct dose?

I am female 5'4 and 10 stone, I have been prescribed 20mg of Accutane a day for six moths to get rid of my moderate acne. Is this the correct dose?

Yes: 20 mg per day is the correct dose for moderate acne. You must be on effective contraception while taking Accutane because the risk of fetal deformity in the event you fall pregnant is very high. If you are not on contraception see your GP at once. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

Taking Accutane (Definition)

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a powerful medicine that treats acne. It is known to cause severe birth defects if a woman becomes ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Sumycin (Definition)

Sumycin is a tetracyclic agent which is a kind of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting drug (atypical anti-psychotic ...Read more