Tetracyclene for Acne
If you have moderate to severe acne, you can visit your doctor, who may prescribe a course of antibiotic treatment, if it is appropriate for your condition. Tetracycline, which is used for treating acne, reduces the bacterial infection in patients who start this therapy. Therapy can be short-or long-term, depending on the severity of the outbreak.
When the doctor diagnoses a moderate to severe case of acne, she can choose to prescribe oral antibiotics like tetracycline. This medication has been prescribed for acne treatment for more than 50 years because it helps to reduce the P. acnes bacteria that is causing the acne breakouts. Tetracycline works to reduce both the pustules and papules characteristic of acne. These are the inflamed breakouts of acne, such as the red bumps and the pus-filled pimples sufferers experience.
Tetracycline has anti-inflammatory effects on acne breakouts. When you take tetracycline for a period of at least two weeks, you'll start to notice that the breakouts are less pronounced. Tetracycline doesn't "cure" acne. Instead, it works to suppress the invasion of bacteria that have caused the acne. You may need to take tetracyclene for several months until your system has successfully eradicated the bacteria and the infection has run its course.
Tetracycline interferes with the bacteria's ability to synthesize protein. This antibiotic acts at the most basic ribosomal level of the bacterium. Two derivatives of tetracycline work well in treating acne. Doxycycline has shown its effectiveness in reducing inflammatory acne, while minocycline can be more successful in treating acne that has not responded to other oral antibiotic medications.
The doctor may prescribe 1,000mg per day of tetracycline at the beginning of antibiotic therapy, then gradually decrease this dosage as therapy progresses. Other dosages, depending on the severity or mildness of the acne, could range from 250 to 500mg per day. When there are visible signs of improvement, the dosages of tetracycline are slowly reduced to a low dose of the medication. The doctor may decide to maintain his patient on a long-term, low dose prescription until he is sure that the bacterial infection has been eradicated.
Tetracycline should be taken, ideally, on an empty stomach with a full glass of water. If indigestion or stomach upset occurs, you can take the medication with food, as long as you don't take it with milk or cheese. Dairy products interfere with the absorption of the medication into the bloodstream.
The medication should not be taken with antacids, iron or birth control hormones and should not be taken by a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding. Children less than 8 should not take this medication because it can discolor the teeth. Patients taking tetracycline or its derivatives can also suffer from sensitivity to the sun.
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