DOXYCYCLINE Prescriptions for Acne
Acne is an inflammatory condition caused by plugged sebaceous glands, small glands that lubricate your face and other skin with an oily matter, called “sebum.” This inflammation causes blackheads, clogged pores, and pimples. Your acne may cause permanent scarring if untreated. So, improve your acne with the proper medications, prescribed by your Clear Skin Concierge physicians.
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Treat your acne with Doxycycline
When you visit a dermatologist’s office, antibiotics like clindamycin, doxycycline, erythromycin, and benzoyl peroxide are almost always the first medications that are prescribed. For many patients with acne at the skin’s surface, rather than deeper acne at the chin (often common to women), these meds work best. You know this from the wild popularity of Proactive™, a medication that popularized benzoyl peroxide. However, the generic forms of these medications are just as effective, and Clear Skin Concierge works hard to deliver them stress free to your doorstep.
Doxycycline is a prescription oral antibiotic (capsule or tablet) that lowers your immune system’s reaction to clogged pores and helps kill the bacteria that makes your acne worse. It is known by brand names such as Doryx®, Adoxa®, Alodox®, and Oracea®.
Dosage of Doxycycline
Oral Doxycycline should be taken as one pill in the morning with breakfast and one pill in the evening with dinner. Take this medication with food because there is the possibility of stomach upset. It’s also advisable to swallow the pill with water, juice, or another non-dairy beverage rather than on its own to reduce the possibility that the pill may become stuck in your throat. Remain sitting or standing for 30 minutes after taking your medication, since any lingering “taste” of the pill may cause a burning sensation.
Also, remember to wear sunscreen daily––SPF30, or higher––since this medication causes sensitivity to sunshine.*
Allergies, Sensitivities, and Side Effects
* VERY RARELY, patients who have spent long periods in sunshine have experienced inflammation around their fingernails, therefore, we strongly advise closely following the instructions of your Clear Skin Concierge physicians and avoiding sunlight while taking this medication.
Typically, doxycycline is well tolerated, when used as directed, and most users will not experience reactions to it. However, very rarely, you may be sensitive to doxycycline. Mild side effects include: nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset.
Rarely, severe side effects to doxycycline occur, including: rash and itching; fever and chills; blurred vision; severe headache or dizziness; swelling of the face, nose and tongue; trouble breathing; watery or bloody diarrhea. Seek immediate, emergency medical attention, and contact us right away.
Please remember to tell your Clear Skin Concierge physicians about your allergies and chemical sensitivities before taking Doxycycline. Also, notify your physicians if you are taking an oral contraceptive, since this medication may render it less effective.
If you are pregnant, or if there is the possibility that you are pregnant, please be aware that this medication has demonstrated a risk to the fetus. If you believe you may become pregnant while on this medication, please stop it immediately, and contact your Clear Skin Concierge physicians. Also, let us know if you have had heart, kidney, or liver problems.