A new study prompted by dermatologists comes in to prove that patients with acne take too much antibiotics. The paper, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, states that patients suffering from one form of acne tend to remain on an antibiotic course for too long before their physicians realize that the treatment is ineffective.
It was Doctor Seth Orlow and his team of dermatologists from the Langone Medical Center who first discovered the issue and wrote a paper on in. Taking into consideration approximately 137 medical records from patients of over 12 years old, the team studied the issues between 2005 and 2014.
Orlow and the others explained in the paper that usually a patient undergoes a period of approximately 11 month of antibiotic therapy before the physician can discover if the treatment is effective or not in his case.
The alternative remedy for a patient that doesn’t respond to antibiotics is an acne medication named isotretinoin. In simpler terms, the drug’s name is Accutane. Although the treatment in considered to be highly effective in treating severe acne, doctors tend not to disclose to the patient such a course of treatment because of its side effects.
It has been demonstrated that Accutane can produce birth defects and can even induce depression in a patient. This is the chief reason why patients with acne take too much antibiotics.
The study prompts physicians to recognize if effectiveness of the antibiotic treatment in a few weeks, not a couple of months. A doctor Meera Sivendran, a dermatologist from the Icahn School of Medicine, said that patients often choose to take the safe route and rely on antibiotics, considered to be much safer than Accutane.
Although physicians caution patients when using Accutane it seems that on a long term, antibiotics could affect the body more severely than Accutane could. Patients who take large doses of antibiotics over an extended period of time tend to develop what is called antibiotic resistance. The more antibiotics you take the harder your body will fight next time you’ll have an infection.
Ironically, sooner or later, all patients who took antibiotics in order to treat instances of severe acne switch to Accutane.
The same doctor Sivendran keeps an open policy when discussing with an acne patient about Accutane. She says that on the second visit she will discuss both methods of treatment with the patient.
Doctor Arielle Nagler, a fellow dermatologist said that physicians should be able to recognize the efficiency of their treatments in order to see if Accutane can do a better job than antibiotics.
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