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    Default Oracea?

    Has anyone tried this? I saw the ad for the first time on tv yesterday.

    http://www.oracea.com/Consumer/About...WhyOracea.aspx

    It doesn't treat redness apparently, but clears bumps and blemishes.

    Would this be effective after using accutane? Is it similar? I'm slowly getting off of accu. I still have blemishes.


    Hope this is helpful for others.

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    I have been taking Oracea for over a year now and it does help control papules and pustules. It is timed release submicrobial 40 mg of doxycycline.
    It exerts an anti-inflammatory effect only so there is theoretically no change in the bacterial flora when you take Oracea.

    Here are some threads you can read through about people's experience with Oracea.

    http://www.rosaceagroup.org/The_Rosa...ghlight=oracea

    http://www.rosaceagroup.org/The_Rosa...ghlight=oracea

    http://www.rosaceagroup.org/The_Rosa...ghlight=oracea



    You shouldn't use Oracea with Accutane however as I read that it can cause brain swelling. Once you are off the Accutane though it should be fine. Just check with your doctor first.

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    Default Agree be cautious with accutane and tetracyclines

    Quote Originally Posted by Melissa W View Post
    I have been taking Oracea for over a year now and it does help control papules and pustules. It is timed release submicrobial 40 mg of doxycycline.
    It exerts an anti-inflammatory effect only so there is theoretically no change in the bacterial flora when you take Oracea.

    Here are some threads you can read through about people's experience with Oracea.

    http://www.rosaceagroup.org/The_Rosa...ghlight=oracea

    http://www.rosaceagroup.org/The_Rosa...ghlight=oracea

    http://www.rosaceagroup.org/The_Rosa...ghlight=oracea



    You shouldn't use Oracea with Accutane however as I read that it can cause brain swelling. Once you are off the Accutane though it should be fine. Just check with your doctor first.
    Tetracyclines and accutane have both been individually known to cause intercranial hypertension (an increase in the pressure of the Cerebral Spinal Fluid that surrounds the brain). The incidence is apparently rare. Taken together however apparently the rate of incidence increases, though it is still somewhat rare. Still it is a big enough concern that the FDA made accutane put a warning on its label not to take tetracyclines with it.

    Doctors in my experience will advise against taking them together for this reason. If you were on one you should be off it for about a month before starting the other imo.
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    HI -

    I was on Accutane two years ago too, and late last year started on low dose antibiotics. I have both Oracea (low dose doxycline) and Solodyn (low dose minocycline) but prefer Oracea. Oracea helps decrease inflammation and papules fairly well, whereas Solodyn is more for acne. I find the Solodyn is a little drying - my face will get slightly redder and drier. But this is when I was using Finacea last year (which was too drying). Anyway, yeah, you may want to check these out with your Derm. Take pro-biotics though - you are a little more prone to yeast issues when on any kind of antibiotic, even low dose.

    Good luck.

    Yvette

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