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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) side effects?

Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) side effects?

Skin redness: Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) is a topical antibiotic of benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, commonly prescribed for acne. Caution should be used if patients have an allergy to either medication or have a history of ulcerative or infectious colitis. The most common side effects are dry, red, scaling skin or a burning sensation. ...Read more

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Ursodeoxycholic acid== any side effects?

Ursodeoxycholic acid== any side effects?

Very few ...: Ursodeoxycholic acid (urso) generally has very few side effects. It can cause stomach upset or diarrhea. ...Read more

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What medication has less side effects prolia or reclast (zoledronic acid)?

What medication has less side effects prolia  or reclast (zoledronic acid)?

Prolia: Both medications are anti-resorptive, meaning they prevent breakdown of your bone. Reclast (zoledronic acid) has been used for longer so has more side-effects that are known. It also can not be used if you have kidney problems. Prolia is an injection every 6 months (vs. 12 months with reclast). Both medications tend to be very well tolerated. ...Read more

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Clindamycin phosphate topical gel; side effects?

Clindamycin phosphate topical gel; side effects?

Acne treatment: Can produce redness, itchiness, dryness and peeling of skin. Small amounts may be absorbed through the skin raising the possible overgrowth and secondary colitis by clostridium difficile. Allergic reactions, as with any drug may also occur. ...Read more

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Side effects from using differin (adapalene) & clindamycin phosphate for acne?

Side effects from using differin (adapalene) & clindamycin phosphate for acne?

Not much.: Most commonly feel dry, irrtating and itchy and see peeling, but not everybody. I would not categorize them as side effects. They are natural consequences of using the medicines. ...Read more

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Side effects of tetracycline?

Side effects of tetracycline?

A few: Tetracycline should not be given in pregnancy due to staining of the teeth of the fetus. Like all drugs tetracycline can cause allergy. It can lead to overgrowth of other organisms particularly candida in the vagina. It might not be effective in some cases and of course will not work for viral illness. It is a useful and very inexpensive drug which is now not being carried in some pharmacies. ...Read more

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Hydroquinone side effects serious?

Irritation: Used properly it should be limited to irritation. Overuse could rarely cause systemic effects. ...Read more

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Melatonoin plus l-theanine side effects?

Melatonoin plus l-theanine side effects?

You can read link: Below. It may cause decrease ability to focus and dizziness. Melatonin sometimes can cause shortness of breath esp. Those with history of asthma. (jokingly i can say that it can cause drowsiness which is the intended effect. This is what my patient exactly told me!) http://www.Livestrong.Com/article/334796-side-effects-of-melatonin-plus-theanine/. ...Read more

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Isotretinoin -- any bad side effects?

Isotretinoin -- any bad side effects?

Potentially: Can cause depression, change in sleep or mood, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, changes in vision, hearing, seizures, pain in stomach, severe diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, joint or bone aches, severe rash. There are other minor side effects. You should discuss this with the doctor before ever taking the medication. ...Read more

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What are the side effects boric acid suppositories?

What are the side effects boric acid suppositories?

No suppository: Boric acid is used as an otic solution to dry out ears. I am not aware of any use in the form of a suppository. Unless you are doing under medical direction and supervision, i would strictly avoid boric acid suppositories. ...Read more

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Any side effects from supartz (hyaluronic acid) injections?

Any side effects from supartz (hyaluronic acid) injections?

Very rare: Supartz (hyaluronic acid) injections are a type of "visco-supplementation" treatment for knee arthritis. Side effects are exceeding rare, but any injection into the knee joint could introduce an infection or cause an inflammatory reaction to occur. I have used supartz (hyaluronic acid) in my practice for nearly 14 years on a regular basis without any documented side effects. ...Read more

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Doxycycline & Accutane side effects?

Doxycycline & Accutane side effects?

Few if any: Doxy: most side effects we've experienced are nausea. Accutane: most side effects we've experienced are dry skin and headache. However, dry skin after use of Accutane should be seen as 'normal'. Because it decreases/controls the function of sebaceous glands which leading to the control of acne. Depression is very rare. Suicide? Only happened in lawsuit, not in my (and my many colleagues’’) exper. ...Read more

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Any doctors experienced with Accutane side effects? Or how to reverse effects of retinoic acid? Systemic.

Any doctors experienced with Accutane side effects? Or how to reverse effects of retinoic acid? Systemic.

Accutane: Your dermatologist will be experienced with Accutane side effects. Accutane, which is 13 cis retinoic acid, is the way that your body normally uses vitamin a. Vit a is fat soluble and is stored. When the body needs the vit a action, it converts some into 13 cis retinoic acid. This is water soluble and provides the vitamin a action and then is eliminated in the urine. ...Read more

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Side effects of ranitidine?

Side effects of ranitidine?

Ranitidine effects: Allergic reaction like to any drug, easy bruisingchange in heart rate fast or slower, vision problems, fever, sore throat, nausea, stomach painfeverchest pain, shortness of breath less serious headache, drowsiness, sleep problems, decrease sex drive. ...Read more

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What are differin (adapalene) side effects?

What are differin (adapalene) side effects?

Very few: There are no reported systemic side effects but topical side effects include dry skin, scaling, redness, itching, burning, or sensitivity to light. ...Read more

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Side effects from taking allopurinol?

Side effects from taking allopurinol?

Allopurinol: Most common is skin rash. May precipitate a gout attack during initiation of therapy. ...Read more

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Lithium carbonate worst side effects?

Lithium carbonate worst side effects?

Thyroid and kidney: Lithium toxicity, thyroid effects, and kidney effects are probably the more severe side effects of lithium. It is best to work with your physician to monitor any side effects of lithium. Lithium is quite beneficial though for those with bipolar or if it is used as an adjunct to treat major depression. ...Read more

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Any doctors experienced with Accutane side effects? Or how to reverse effects of retinoic acid? Systemic.

Accutane: Your dermatologist will be experienced with Accutane side effects. Accutane, which is 13 cis retinoic acid, is the way that your body normally uses vitamin a. Vit a is fat soluble and is stored. When the body needs the vit a action, it converts some into 13 cis retinoic acid. This is water soluble and provides the vitamin a action and then is eliminated in the urine. ...Read more

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What are the side effects and dangers of retin a (tretinoin)?

What are the side effects and dangers of retin a (tretinoin)?

Retina a: The major side effects with retin a (tretinoin) are : 1) skin irritation (drying, peeling, redness itching and burning), rarely there can be liver and nervous system side effects but those are more common when the oral form of retin a (tretinoin) is used. ...Read more

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I've been on benzoyle peroxide everyday I'm now going on a retin a (tretinoin) will i still get side effects?

I've been on benzoyle peroxide everyday I'm now going on a retin a (tretinoin) will i still get side effects?

Retin A (tretinoin) SIDE EFFECT: yes dryness irritation and sometimes flare ups. this symptoms are short lived though . Recommendation: use pea size dose and spread and the gel. if still a lot of irritation use every other night. ...Read more

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Whether tretinoin and retinoic acid are the same things ?

Whether tretinoin and retinoic acid are the same things ?

Tretinoin: Tretinoin or Retin-A is the topical form of retinoic acid. It is commonly used for acne. Tretinoin also has rejuvenative effects on the skin namely compacting the epidermis so skin looks and feels smoother, increasing collagen content so that skin has less fine lines and wrinkles, and minimizing brown spots to provide more even coloration. ...Read more

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Is trentinoin/ retinoic acid a retinoid or a retinol?

Is trentinoin/ retinoic acid a retinoid or a retinol?

Is a Retinoid: Isotretinoin is a retinoid and it is used to treat severe acne. Retinol is the chemical compound for Vitamin A. ...Read more

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What is the difference between retinoic acid and retinol? Are they the same or almost the same?

What is the difference between retinoic acid and retinol?  Are they the same or almost the same?

Retinoic acid: Both compounds are in the "retinoid" family of drugs. However, they have very different properties. Retinol is not nearly as effective as retinoic acid for acne, facial wrinkling, etc. Retin-a is the most famous of the retinoic acid compounds, but equally effective and cheaper generic products are also available. ...Read more

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Is my pregnancy safe even though I took a topical solution of retinoic acid for my acne in my 1st week?

Is my pregnancy safe even though I took a topical solution of retinoic acid for my acne in my 1st week?

Most likely: Of course there is worry about using retinoic acid in pregnancy and one can never really know. However, the risk to the baby is exceedingly small if used for such a short time, even in the 1st week. ...Read more

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I've been using a retinol cream for acne for about a month and its made acne worse. Is retinol bad for acne but retinoic acid good for acne?

I've been using a retinol cream for acne for about a month and its made acne worse. Is retinol bad for acne but retinoic acid good for acne?

Depends: Retinoic acid is good for an acne ( but it used in more severe cases). Sometimes just cleansing the skin with peroxide and antibiotic ointment afterwards can do the trick in not complicated cases or it can be added to your current medication in more severe cases. Check with your doc or consult a dermatologist. If your are a female, get an oral contraception (pills). ...Read more

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Is there any long-term side effects of retin-a like after 20yr?

Is there any long-term side effects of retin-a like after 20yr?

Retin-A: Retin-a is a photosensitizer; so prolonged use may increase sensitivity to sun exposure. Temporary hyper or hypopigmentation has been reported with repeated application. "to date, all adverse effects of Retin-A have been reversible upon discontinuance of therapy". ...Read more

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Tretinoin cream and duac gel side effects?

About all...: ...I ever see from either of them is dryness and mild irritation. I have my patients apply tretinoin at bedtime, so that any dryness will occur while they are asleep. For duac, i tell them to wait an hour after washing their face, to allow normal skin oils to replenish, before applying it. ...Read more

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Salicylic acid vs tretinoin/retin a, which is better?

Retin a (tretinoin) if moderate: If you have very mild acne then salicylic acid may be adequate. For more moderate or any cystic component of acne, retina a is "stronger" and will be more likely to help acne resolve completely. Keep in mind retin a (tretinoin) needs to be a "pea" sized amount applied daily, can cause peeling and redness of skin initially. if redness and irritation are a problem, back off to every other day application. ...Read more

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Can one please show me or tell me which retin-a gel should I use for blackheads ? And what are its side effects ? Does it dries the skin ?

Can one please show me or tell me which retin-a gel should I use for blackheads  ? And what are its side effects ? Does it dries the skin ?

Start with cream: Since the cream is less drying than the gel, unless your face is very oily i would start with that first. You can in the beginning use it every other night and then use it nightly. Everyone has to go through a period of time when their skin is dry. This is normal and cold the period of retinization. It will disappear with time. ...Read more

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I heard Glycolic Acid was the new Retin A, (tretinoin) so which is better to use on your face especially if you're approaching the age of 50. Tyvm.

I heard Glycolic Acid was the new Retin A, (tretinoin) so which is better to use on your face especially if you're approaching the age of 50. Tyvm.

Need more info: Both of these drugs are medicines that have some significant side effects. You do not want to disfigure your face or cause undo harm. Consult with a dermatologist who will review your medical history and made a professional decision after an exam. ...Read more

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Can I use kojic acid before putting retin a (tretinoin) in my face to make it lighter?

Can I use kojic acid before putting retin a (tretinoin) in my face to make it lighter?

Depends: Either alone may not irritate your face, but you may not be able to tolerate the combination. I would suggest that you try a spot under your chin for a few days to find out if it would be ok to use it on the rest of your face. Whether you get peeling and irritation also depends on the concentration of the products. ...Read more

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Any opinions of the safety of Accutane for acne for a male? I've heard there are some pretty serious potential side effects? How about retin-a

Any opinions of the safety of Accutane for acne for a male?  I've heard there are some pretty serious potential side effects? How about retin-a

Accutane: Accutane is indeed a powerful drug and does have some potential serious side effects. It needs to be managed very closely by someone very familiar with it, such as a dermatologist. Retin a (tretinoin) is certainly another option, as are some combination products like epiduo. Depending on the predominant type of acne you have, you may certianly be a candidate for one over the other. Best to ask your derm doc! ...Read more

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Retin A (Definition)

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