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How to stop taking aldactone (spironolactone) prescribed for acne?

How to stop taking aldactone (spironolactone) prescribed for acne?

Just stop: No reason to stop except if you plan pregnancy or have side effects. Your acne is likely to get worse. ...Read more

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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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Acne medication reaction?

Acne medication reaction?

ACNE RX REACTION: Acne treated with retin a (tretinoin) when exposed to light can cause photosensitivity reactions. Tetracycline when given below age 17 causes teeth discoloration . Other rx gives you irritation and erythema of face. ...Read more

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Acne medication reaction! help!?

Acne medication reaction! help!?

DRUG REACTION: What rx did you apply on your pimples? What happened? I presume you have redness and irritated face. We cannot help unless we know the problem. ...Read more

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Clindamycin, tretinoin (retin-a), minocycline pills for acne, do these work?

Clindamycin, tretinoin (retin-a), minocycline pills for acne, do these work?

Yes: Comply with directions. Never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne. If you do not get a good result, consider Isotretinoin if it is offered to you. ...Read more

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Can using a salicylic acid face wash and prescription topical acne medication cause acne breakouts?

Can using a salicylic acid face wash and prescription topical acne medication cause acne breakouts?

It can exacerbate sx: It is possible that topic treatment can exacerbate sx. Cleaning up your diet, removing junk and fatty foods, increase water intake, and adding probiotics as well as cleaning up any stool pbms . Rosacea is actually caused by a little bug and requires specif treatment, dermatology consult indicated. ...Read more

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Are these acne treatment medications (benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) gel and differin cream 0.1%) effective?

Are these acne treatment medications (benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) gel and differin cream 0.1%) effective?

Acne: Both can be effective, although through different actions. Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) is more effective with acne causing bacteria. Differing is a retinoid. Uses in conjunction, they can be very effective. But, it's all trial and error. ...Read more

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Has anyone here prescribed the acne drug solodyn (minocycline)?

Has anyone here prescribed the acne drug solodyn (minocycline)?

Antiobiotic: Solodyn is the trade name for minocycline, which is an antibiotic medication frequently used to treat acne from the tetracycline class. It is effective in inflammatory acne (red bumps, or bumps that drain pus) and will help decrease the redness and promote healing. It is not as photosensitizing as doxycycline, another commonly used drug. ...Read more

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Doctor prescribed clindamicin pills and mupricin. What are side effects?

Doctor prescribed clindamicin pills and mupricin. What are side effects?

Some: Usually most antibiotics cause diarrhea, but be careful of bloody diarrhea while taking clindamycin, and talk to your doctor right away if so. ...Read more

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Medication for cystic acne & saeborrheic dermatitis causing severe migraines.Using isotretinoin, minocycline as HCl BP & desloratadine. Drug reaction?

Medication for cystic acne & saeborrheic dermatitis causing severe migraines.Using isotretinoin, minocycline as HCl BP & desloratadine. Drug reaction?

Stop meds, check eye: If you are having headaches, i would stop the Minocycline and isotretinoin. When given together there is an increased risk of a rare side effect, pseudotumor cerebri. I would have my eyes checked and if no evidence of pseudotumor, restart either the Minocin (minocycline) or isotretinoin, but not both. Migraines can also worsen with Isotretinoin and not affect the eyes, but it definitely needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Using creams like acnederm resolveplus and doxydar and nephron tabs (doxycycline hyclate). Any advice about using these acne meds to cure pimples?

Using creams like acnederm resolveplus and doxydar and nephron tabs (doxycycline hyclate). Any advice about using these acne meds to cure pimples?

No cure: There are only treatment for pimples but no cures. I do not know what dose of antibiotics you are on and how your skin is doing. The medicines you are using are good and if you are not happy with how your acne is responding you need to talk to your physician. ...Read more

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Are sulfacetamide sodium or monodox (doxycycline monohydrate) effective in treating acne scars?

Are sulfacetamide sodium or monodox (doxycycline monohydrate) effective in treating acne scars?

Not for scars: This is not so much for treating scars as it for preventing scars by minimizing bacterial counts and the damage that is done by the bacteria and your bodies response tothe bacteria. ...Read more

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Thyroid medication and antidepressents/migraine medication combination side effects?

Thyroid medication and antidepressents/migraine medication combination side effects?

Drug combinations: There are too many possible drug interactions to list. Ask your pharmacist or your doctor to check for interactions between any and all of the drugs you are taking, including both prescription and non-prescription drugs. ...Read more

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Could acne medication effect birth control?

Could acne medication effect birth control?

Yes, absolutely: Depending on the acne medication, some of them require you to take a pregnancy test and be on some form of birth control because they are very dangerous to developing fetus (baby). Alternatively, some antibiotics that may be prescribed for acne may alter the liver metabolism and decrease the efficacy of birth control. Therefore, consult your physician with specific questions. ...Read more

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Can dermatologists prescribe anti-aging creams?

Can dermatologists prescribe anti-aging creams?

Tretinoin (Retin-A): (requires Rx) and always use a high SPF (at least 30) sunscreen every time you go outdoors, even on an overcast day. Wear a hat whenever possible, and also polarized sunglasses. This is absolutely your best wrinkle prevention, and some sunscreens such as NIA 24 will also help with acne, prevention of brown spots and acne. Also, eat fruits and vegetables and get plenty of Vits A,E,D, and zinc. ...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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Do acne medications contain hormones?

Depends: Some women see improvement in acne when they take hormonal contraceptives.That said, none of the topically applied creams contain hormones. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more