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Doxycycline Not Working Acne
My dr prescribes me doxycycline for my acne that at times gets severe. Is this med. Safe to be on for yrs. Can u get immune to it, where it stops working?
Is accutane something I should look into for acne? I'm taking birth control and doxycycline and I'm not sure if these both are working.
Severe acne?: Accutane is indicated for severe non responsive to other treatments type acne. Of course, you must remain on your secure contraceptive method as Accutane can cause birth defects in unintended pregnancies. Check with your Dermatologist to receive all the "Yays and Nays" of the medication. ...Read more
Benzoyl peroxide stopped working for my acne so my doctor added doxycycline 100mg to my regimen. Is this enough or should I replace benzoyl peroxide?
You decide: You can continue using the benzoyl peroxide if you tolerated it and it once was sufficient. I was able to stop using acne medications at age 50. The tretinoin is also your choice. It's worth the effort. The dose of 100 mg 1-2x/day for Doxycycline is a reasonable one. Good luck. ...Read more
6 weeks: Need at least 4-6 weeks to see improvement. ...Read more
It's usually okay: You may get some diarrhea from it, and if you're a female, you may get a candida infection. If this happens, stop it. It can make you sensitive to sunlight. Don't ever use an antibiotic as sole therapy for acne, but in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide. Milk, antacids, and iron deactivate tetracyclines if you take them together. ...Read more
Standard protocol: This is a rather standard practice. It has been done on patients for decades with no specific problem when done under proper supervision. ...Read more
It varies: The key is that you must never use an antibiotic as sole therapy. Topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid are your best friends, used in conjunction with a tetracycline of your choice (even plain-old-vanilla tetracycline's great.) If you're not clear on this in two months, or if you have cystic acne, consider isotretinoin. Best wishes. ...Read more
2-3 weeks: You may wish to add topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. If you do not get a satisfactory result after 6 weeks, consider a dermatology consult for the big guns -- more unpleasant and more dangerous but hugely effective. This is the 21st century and nobody needs to have unwanted acne. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends: At a listed age of 46 you should only treat acne under the guidance of your doc. It would be a bit unusual for your age group and other health issues should be ruled out. If you have some laying around and want to use it on your kid, bad idea. You could screw up something if s/he is not under proper medical supervision. ...Read more
Longtime: You can take for a longtime. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
Not by itself: I see that you also have thrush and if you do, perhaps this isn't the best time to start on doxycycline. I trust you have been using topical benzoyl peroxide and this is the basis of your treatment. Usually you see good results in a few weeks with an effective anti-acne combination. Spironolactone, the birth control pill, or topical clindamycin are other possibilities. ...Read more
I wanna try using doxycycline for my mild acne what about the dose and and how long should I stick to it?
Oral antibiotics are typically only prescribed for severe or cystic acne. Consider one or a combination of topical treatments first, some of which are prescription as well.
If your dermatologist feels that you need oral antibiotics, follow the guidelines on the prescription and be sure to follow up with your doctor to figure out when to stop taking it. ...Read more
I've been on doxycycline for 9 months for acne and now I want to get off it. How should I go about getting off of it?
Over a few weeks: Doxycycline is a very effective antibiotic used in acne therapy. Most patients are on a therapeutic dose and then, when the acne has improved, they go on a lower dose -- such as 50 mg per day. To go off the med, cut the dose and look for worsening acne -- if no worsening noted, you can safely stop. More important issue is sun sensitivity when beginning tetracycline! -- but no problem for you! ...Read more
I'm on doxycycline to treat my acne for 3 months but I took it only 2 months and stop about a month. How could I consume it again?
Not sure what you: Meant by "consume" or did you mean "resume"? You should treat it for 3 months regardless. Acne can be a chronic condition and if you had to use doxycycline I'm assuming you have already tried other methods to little effect. Finish the course and hopefully you won't have to do anything for a while. But acne do tend to come back. ...Read more
Yes, doxy helps: Doxycycline and Minocycline are antibiotics often used to treat acne in teen boys. They are not used as often in girls, because these antibiotics are not used during pregnancy, and teen girls may unexpectedly become pregnant. Antibiotic gels and creams are also used, and may contain Clindamycin or erthromycin antibiotic. ...Read more