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A tetracycline that might be worth looking at as a potentially effective oral antibiotic treatment for acne is doxycycline. Doxycycline is used in the treatment of inflammatory acne as well as other bacterial infections, which includes respiratory tract infections like pneumonia, dermatological and genito-urinary infections, anthrax exposure, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus, cholera, brucellosis, and syphilis. It is also effective in the prevention of malaria.
Here are some of the most commonly used brands of doxycycline in the world market today. This list also includes concentrations of the tetracycline in the products:
• Generic doxycycline capsules, tablets & liquid form (50 mg, 75 mg, 100 mg, taken twice a day)
• Periostat tablets (20 mg, taken twice a day)
• Adoxa tablets (75 mg, 100 mg, taken twice a day)
Like other tetracyclines, doxycycline is usually taken once or twice a day. If you have been prescribed the fifty-milligram variant, you should take it twice a day. If you have been prescribed the one hundred-milligram variant, you only have to take it once a day.
Though this tetracycline may be taken without food, you might want to eat something prior to taking it. This reduces the incidence of upset stomach. In short, eating before taking your medicine makes you less prone to painful reactions to prescription drugs.
If you fear dizziness and other side effects that have been documented with minocycline, don’t worry. The same side effects have not been noted with doxycycline.
The main problem with doxycycline is that it’s phototoxic. This is the reason you should take it when you won’t be exposed to high doses of good old sunshine. The phototoxic characteristic of doxycycline might not endear it to individuals that are continually exposed to the outside world.
If we are to compare the phototoxic potential of doxycycline to other tetracyclines, it has the most dangerous and most severe reaction to the sun. Sun protection should be considered; however, severe reactions like anaphylactic shock are very rare.
Did you know that subantimicrobial doses of doxycycline are being evaluated for their anti-inflammatory action and not their antimicrobial effect? The principle behind this is simple: if you use high doses for eliminating the bacteria, you create a generation of new, highly resistant bacteria.
Drug-resistant pathogens are the bane of humanity. Acne is the least of man’s worries and yet we’re having trouble with drug-resistant strains appearing on the faces of unfortunate individuals.
If tetracycline fails for the purpose of resolving the acne, then it’s time to move on to less powerful antibiotics. You may try the following antibiotics:
• Trimethoprim Sulfasoxazole
Erythromycin is a popular alternative to tetracycline drugs when tolerance is an issue. If you have a child below the age of ten, erythromycin might be used because it’s less powerful and doesn’t damage the natural hue of the teeth.
Amoxicillin on the other hand is also popular because it can be used by patients that are pregnant. Imagine being able to treat your acne through oral antibiotics without severe side effects.
Azithromycin on the other hand, is taken via pulse therapy. Pulse therapy means you take the drug a few times a week, not everyday.