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Oral & Topical Medications

Oral Medications are a Part of Rosacea Treatment

Oral medicine is typically used as a part of the treatment of rosacea, in conjunction with laser therapy. Antibiotics are prescribed to treat rosacea and the most common are the tetracycline drugs, doxycycline, tetracycline and minocycline. These antibiotics have anti-inflammatory affects so they suppress the inflammation associated with rosacea, and it is thought that they may also affect the blood vessels associated with rosacea. Another benefit of prescribing antibiotics is that they are widely known to treat acne well, and as acne-like blemishes are a common symptom of rosacea, they kill two birds with one stone.

Topical Medications

One the most common topical treatments for rosacea is Metronidazole cream. The reason Metronidazole was originally prescribed was that people with rosacea were found to have more demodex mites than those without rosacea. Metronidazole was supposed to treat this but it does not seem to work against the type of mites people with rosacea have in their skin. The paradox is that it seems to improve the condition anyway. This may work by a number of mechanisms including the anti-inflammatory agent.

These Medications are Also Used with: Laser Rosacea Treatment, Choosing Your Doctor, Is there a Cure for Rosacea?


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Last Modified: December 17, 2008

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The information contained in the above article is purely for educational purposes and is not intended to provide any medical advice. Always consult with your physician before having any medical procedure performed.