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Acne Treatment: Understand Your Patient’s Options

A brief discussion of treatment options that are available for various patients. Factors like severity, type of acne, response to previous treatment that are unique to the patient can influence the best course of treatment.

Acne Treatment: OTC (Non-Prescription)

This article is a brief overview of OTC (over the counter) treatment options for acne, which are available to patients without a prescription. Glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide treatments are discussed, as well as other management of other factors like dry skin.

A Look At Topical Treatment Options For Acne

This article is an overview of the common topical agents used for treating acne: Benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, topical antibiotics, azelaic acid, and combination products.

Benzoyl Peroxide as Acne Treatment

Benzoyl peroxide has been a reliable treatment stable for decades. This article briefs various indications for BP, combination products, potential side-effects, and mechanism of actions.

Tretinoin as Topical Acne Treatment Option

This article reviews the role of tretinoin for the treatment of acne. This vitamin A derivative is used primarily for treating acne and sun damage. Side-effects, conditions, brands, use, and indications are discussed.

Adapalene as Acne Treatment

Adapalene is a designer retinoid, with a similar molecular make-up with vitamin A. A guide to patient use, at what point in time should patients expect improvement, mechanism of action, side-effects, and other drug interactions are discussed in this article.

Tazarotene as Acne Treatment Option

Tazarotene is a designer retinoid. It is approved by Health Canada as a treatment for psoriasis, acne, and photodamage. This article discussed its indications, side-effects, use, and drug interactions.

Acne Treatment: Combination Topical Products

Combination therapy is a strategy of combining antibiotic treatments with other treatments with different mechanisms of action to treat acne. This has the effect of preventing or mitigating the unwanted effects of antibiotic resistant bacteria, and may confer other benefits such as lower required dosage as well.

Isotretinoin (Accutane®) as Acne Treatment

Isotretinoin (Accutane®) is a retinoid or vitamin A analog, which means that its molecular structure is similar to Vitamin A. Mechanism of action, efficacy, side-effects, and contraindications are discussed as well as an FAQ section for this drug.
Accutane Side Effects

Isotretinoin (Accutane®) Side Effects And Treatment Of Side Effects

Isotretinion is a powerful drug, and sometimes the only treatment option for severe acne. The most common side-effects such as dry skin, dry eyes, and hair problems, and headaches, and other side-effects are discussed.

Isotretinoin (Accutane®) – Side Effects That Need Medical Monitoring By The Physician

Isotretinion will require monitoring by a doctor. While relatively rare, side-effects can be serious, and affect blood, bone, liver, neurologic, and muscle, and require periodic testing to ensure safety and healthy. It is also teratogenic, so pregnancy will also be a part in patient education.

Oral Antibiotics For Acne Treatment

Oral antibiotics are an important treatment option that is available for treating inflammatory acne. This portal provides an organized list of the most commonly used oral antibiotics for the treatment of acne.

Erythromycin as Acne Treatment

Erythromycin is an antibiotic in the macrolide group and is used in acne treatment. This article provides a summary of erythromycin, including side-effects, uses, and potential drug interactions for both topical and oral indications.

Minocycline as Acne Treatment Option

Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic which is used for acne treatment. This article provides an overview of minocycline, side-effects, brands, and drug interactions are discussed.

Doxycycline as Acne Treatment Option

Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic which is used to treat acne for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Mechanism of action, side-effects, drug interactions, and various brands were discussed.

Tetracycline as Acne Treatment Option

Tetracycline was developed in 1953 and is a broad spectrum antibiotic. This article discusses the various indications of tetracycline, side-effects, and drug interactions.

Acne Treatment: Birth Control Pills And Other Hormone Therapy

Oral contraceptives (OCs) have been available since 1960, and can be useful for treating certain types of acne. Various acne-approved OCs are discussed.

How Oral Contraceptives’ Progestins Influence Acne

This article organizes contraceptive pills is to compare the effects that the progestins that are used will have on acne.

Acne Treatment: Other Types of Birth Control Pills

Progestin only and combination pills are discussed in this article. Monophasic, biphasic, and triphasic pills are considered and listed.

Acne Treatment: Side-effects of Birth Control Pills

Oral contraceptives can have side-effects that are undesirable. Common and rare side-effects, contraindications, and possible drug interactions.

Using Androgen Blockers for Acne Treatment

Anti-androgens are drugs that block the receptors which allow your body’s cells to absorb the male hormones. The indications of these drugs, side-effects, and contraindications are discussed in this article.

Other Hormone Therapy’s Progestins’ Influence On Acne

Progestins have multiple influences on acne. Cyproterone acetate, found in Diane-35® seems to be an exception in that it is not affected by estrogen.

The Use of Spironolactone To Treat Acne

Spironolactone is a diuretic and has anti-androgen effects, and can play a role in acne treatment. Its indications, potential side-effects, and contraindications are discussed.

Different Types Of Acne Scars

Scars are a common problem that is often caused by acne. Various classifications of acne scars and their treatments and expectations are discussed.

Non-Surgical Treatment of Acne Scars

Acne scars are challenging to treat. This article discusses the non-surgical treatment options like topical treatments, chemical peels, skin fillers, cover-ups, and injectables.

Acne Surgical and Laser Treatment Options

Surgical and laser treatment options like microdermabrasion, photorejuvenation, scar revision laser treatments, and laser skin resurfacing are explored.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Acyclovir Treatment

Over all, acyclovir is a safe and effective drug with rare side effects when used as short term treatment. There are some concerns about side effects when acyclovir is used as long term suppressive therapy in patients, particularly pertaining to the kidneys and the blood system.
Minocycline: Dosing, Efficacy, Compliance and Cost of Treatment

Minocycline: Dosing, Efficacy, Compliance and Cost of Treatment

Minocycline antibiotics are used to treat acne, rosacea, and perioral dermatitis. Considerations like appropriate dosing, cost of treatments, and patient compliance issues are discussed as well as efficacy.
Elidel® (Pimecrolimus) Clinical Experience

Elidel® (Pimecrolimus) Clinical Experience

Elidel® (Pimecrolimus) and physician's clinical experience in treating atopic dermatitis are observed and discussed in this article.
Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Dosing, Efficacy, Compliance, and Cost of Treatment

Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Dosing, Efficacy, Compliance, and Cost of Treatment

Elidel (Pimecrolimus) is discussed in the context of dosing, efficacy, compliance, and cost of treatment are discussed.
Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Indications and Patient Profile

Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Indications and Patient Profile

Elidel (Pimecrolimus) is indicated for patients with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis. This article discusses patient profiles, and use in a variety of dermatological conditions.
Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Side Effects, Safety and Risks

Elidel (Pimecrolimus) Side Effects, Safety and Risks

Elidel (Pimecrolimus), its side effects, safety, and risks are discussed in this article. Various potential risks are discussed and debated.
Cutivate (Fluticasone Propionate) Clinical Experience and Indications

Cutivate (Fluticasone Propionate) Clinical Experience and Indications

This article summarizes the clinical indications and findings of Cutivate (Fluticasone Propionate). Guidelines are also provided for treating atopic dermatitis.
Cutivate (Fluticasone Propionate) Patient Profile

Cutivate (Fluticasone Propionate) Patient Profile

A review of Cutivate (Fluticasone Propionate) in treating atopic eczema and atopic dermatitis based on 4 cases studies. A short excerpt on how to minimize concerns about the side-effects of corticosteroids.
Cutivate Dosing, Efficacy, Compliance, Side Effects and Cost

Cutivate Dosing, Efficacy, Compliance, Side Effects and Cost

Dosing, compliance, side-effects, and the cost of Cutivate (Fluticasone Propionate) are discussed in this article.
Minocycline (Minocin®, Dynacin®, Vectrin®) Indications

Minocycline (Minocin®, Dynacin®, Vectrin®) Indications

Dermatological and non-dermatological indications for minocycline ((Minocin®, Dynacin®, Vectrin®) are discussed in depth in this article.
Minocycline (Minocin®, Dynacin®, Vectrin®) Clinical Experience and Patient Profile

Minocycline (Minocin®, Dynacin®, Vectrin®) Clinical Experience and Patient Profile

Suitable and unsuitable patient profiles for minocycline is discussed in this article. Important takeaways from clinical experience with minocycline is also in this article.
Minocycline (Minocin, Dynacin, Vectrin) Side Effects, Safety and Risks

Minocycline (Minocin, Dynacin, Vectrin) Side Effects, Safety and Risks

Side effects, safety and risks of Minocycline (Minocin, Dynacin, Vectrin) are discussed in this article. Topics include drug interactions, bacterial resistance, as well as other adverse effects.
Diane-35 Side Effects, Risks and Monitoring

Diane-35 Side Effects, Risks and Monitoring

Various potential side-effects and risks of Diane-35 are discussed. Monitoring advice for physicians and follow-up exams to check on progress are advised.
Penlac® (Ciclopirox) Overview

Penlac® (Ciclopirox) Overview

Penlac (Ciclopirox), and its pharmacokinetics, delivery system, safety, and patient selection are discussed. Monotherapy and combination therapy and its patient criteria are discussed.

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