Doxycycline and clindamycin pledgets have not cleared my cystic acne, should I ask for isotretinoin?

Possibly. It would be a good idea to talk to your dermatologist about this. There are significant risks and side effects that you would need to understand before taking that medication.

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Could doxycycline help existing cystic acne that has already formed?

Some. True cystic acne usually requires isotretinoin, which is not for the faint-hearted or risk-free but is well worth it. You'll also need to manage your disease long-term; systemic Doxycycline plus topical benzoyl peroxide may be effective for severe disease. Never use an antibiotic as sole treatment for acne. Cystic acne will ruin a job interview and is a grave social handicap. I wish you the best. Read more...

Is it normal for a sty to dry but remain swollen? I have been taking doxycycline for cystic acne

Chalazion. An active and red "stye" also known as a hordeolum may turn into a painless lump on the eyelid called a chalazion. It is benign in general but can be incised and drained if it is uncomfortable. Read more...

Is it okay to use leftover doxycycline (previously used to treat cystic acne a few months ago) to treat my UTI?

Not OK. First, your UTI should be professionally confirmed, ideally in person or at least speaking with your doctor if your symptoms are typical and you did a home self test to confirm positive WBC and nitrite in your urine. Second, doxycycline is not a recommended drug for UTI. And since you took the drug fairly recently, there is a good chance the bacteria causing your UTI is resistant to it. Read more...

I have worsening cystic acne on chin. Itchy and dry. Afew have been around for weeks. On monodox (doxycycline monohydrate). I have get 3-5 pimples on cheeks once a month. Help.?

Cystic Acne. Isotretinoin is commonly prescribed for cystic acne available under brand names such as absorica, amnesteem, claravis and sotret. This medication reduces the size of oil glands so that less oil is produced and bacterial growth is inhibited. This is the most effective acne medication. Read more...
Treatable. Hi, Oral antibiotics for acne are hit or miss. Please try to prevent any emotional trauma if these pills don't bring you all the way to total satisfaction. I made a video that may help prevent the emotional impact of this common approach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYW3I6giJEg hope it helps, have a great day, -Dr. Neal Schwartz. Read more...

Hi, I was prescribed with isotretinoin and azithromycin for my cystic acne, can they be used together?

Yep. The isotretinoin will exfoliate the skin to prevent "clogging of the pores" which is part of the acne process. The azithromycin will combat the p. acnes bacteria that contributes to inflammation. Great combo for acne! Hope this helps! Read more...

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...

I recently discontinued isotretinoin for painful cystic acne. Now I'm breaking out on my forehead with little itchy bumps with long whiteheads.?

See Your Derm. See your dermatologist. You may need a mild retinoid (tretinoin) to keep you from breaking out, at least for a few months. This will likley pass uneventfully. However, there could be another cause for this type of breakout. Your dermatologist can help you with this frustrating flare. Read more...