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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...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 don't 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 don't 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 than 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 than 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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I am struggling with mild acne,seems to be hormonal. I have tried different types of birth control pills, Tetracycline and accutane(accutane worked but damaged my eye sight and my acne came back after stopping). ?

I am struggling with mild acne,seems to be hormonal. I have tried different types of birth control pills, Tetracycline and accutane(accutane worked but damaged my eye sight and my acne came back after stopping). ?

ConsultDermatologist: With problem with Acne even at the age of 30 and having had problems with treatment with Acutane and Tetracycline.I suggest you consult a Dermatologist who uses other modalities like lasers to treat your acne ...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

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Accutane or spironlactone? Female, 23, stubborn acne. Took Accutane 8 years ago, oily skin and excessive menstruation controlled with progesterone.

Accutane or spironlactone? Female, 23, stubborn acne. Took Accutane 8 years ago, oily skin and excessive menstruation controlled with progesterone.

Either work: If you took Accutane and still have problems then maybe try something different. Also, spironolactone will not require the multiple visits and tests that Accutane does. And best of all it is effective. ...Read more

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Does tetracycline work well with acne on the face?

Does tetracycline work well with acne on the face?

Acne: Tetracycline is fairly effective in acne. However, the drug is in short supply so alternatives such as Doxycycline are usually substituted. ...Read more

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Is it normal for tetracycline to worsen my acne rosacea symptoms?

Is it normal for tetracycline to worsen my acne rosacea symptoms?

Photosensitivity?: Tetracycline causes photo sensitization. If you were in the sun it can precipitate a sunburn. That would cause your rosacea to flare. ...Read more

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I have been on tetracycline 500mg a day for acne. 2 weeks in and I notice foamy urine. Please advise. Should I worry?

I have been on tetracycline 500mg a day for acne. 2 weeks in and I notice foamy urine. Please advise. Should I worry?

That is not the: Correct dosing for tetracycline. I would get culture of your urine to rule out infection, and make sure you see a dermatologist for your acne regimen ...Read more

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If I use tetracycline should I be using other acne products also?

Yes: Oral tetracycline is a great start, and works well with a topical Clindamycin product with or without a retinoic acid derivative. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been using benzoyle peroxide for my acne and I'm also on tetracycline they are working wonders but what happens when I stop taking them?

I've been using benzoyle peroxide for my acne and I'm also on tetracycline they are working wonders but what happens when I stop taking them?

Depends: Acne is generally a chronic condition in adolescence and early adulthood. Benzoyle peroxide is a staple of skin care so I would continue to use it. If you've been using the Tetracycline for a long time (more than 1 yr) then you can trial off, if the acne comes back, then restart the tetracycline. If the acne doesn't come back then you can consider only using the benzoyle peroxide for flare-ups. ...Read more

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Does tetracycline for the treatment of acne safe? Will it cause toxicity?

Does tetracycline for the treatment of acne safe? Will it cause toxicity?

Far safer options: You are right to be concerned. Antibiotics kill our friendly flora leading to overgrowth of yeast/unfriendly bacteria which has adverse consequences. I've successfully treated acne in many without ever prescribing antibiotics. Dietary changes, nutritional supplements, herbs, natural lotions & homeopathy are very effective. See http://bit. Ly/19zfc5s & http://bit. Ly/14dmebh & http://abt. Cm/18rwpeb. ...Read more

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Is it safe to supplement with Creatine while using Tetracycline for acne? Thanks

Is it safe to supplement with Creatine while using Tetracycline for acne? Thanks

Yes: I trust you are also using topical benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid. Never use just an antibiotic for acne. Glad you are doing these things for yourself. Best of luck with these efforts ...Read more

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Would it be okay to use tetracycline for mild acne issues?

Would it be okay to use tetracycline for mild acne issues?

Generally: Tetracycline is safe and effective, but every medication has pros and cons. See a dermatologist to find out if its for you. ...Read more

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What happens to the stomach when overuse of antibiotics (I was on tetracycline for a long time for acne).?

GI overgrowth : Bacteria resistant to the tetracycline can overgrow in your GI tract. But one of the reasons Minocycline is used for acne is that there is a low level of resistance that develops to it. Any drug can irritate the stomach lining, but Minocycline has a very low rate of GI side effects. ...Read more

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I went on tetracycline for acne. First 2 weeks my skin clear up. today my 3rd week I realised i have white heads on my forehead. Help!

I went on tetracycline for acne. First 2 weeks my skin clear up. today my 3rd week I realised i have white heads on my forehead. Help!

What other Rx?: You must not use only an antibiotic for acne. You need to use it along with topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or something similar. If you're on combination Rx and you're still getting acne, you may need something more. ...Read more

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What is the best oral antibiotic for acne? My derm wanted to put me on clindamycin but I'm taking tetracycline

What is the best oral antibiotic for acne? My derm wanted to put me on clindamycin but I'm taking tetracycline

Follow doc's advice: The doctor who examined you has a lot more information about you than anyone will in this forum. Do you have any reason to not trust your doctor?
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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


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