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Below are Oracea (Doxycycline) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 8 ratings/reviews, Oracea has an overall score of 6.75. The effectiveness score is 8 and the side effect score is 7.50. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Oracea review by 39 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Acne
Dosage & duration:   40 mg taken 1xd for the period of 1year
Other conditions:   Rosacea
Other drugs taken:   Provigil
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I liked this drug very much, because the stronger doses of antibiotics gave me horrible yeast infections. However, this one didn't quite so much. It still kept my acne at bay, and worked.
Side effects:   I still got yeast infections, however, they were not as bad and easier to get rid of than with the 75mg anitbiotic.
Comments:   I took a 75 mg antibiotic for acne for about a year, then, because it was giving me bad yeast infections, my derm switched me to Oracea. I got a card with the prescription that made it FREE with my insurance!!

 

Oracea review by 36 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   perioral dermatitis
Dosage & duration:   40 mg taken 1 cap once a day for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   It cured the rash around my upper lip and chin area
Side effects:   I personally had no side effects. This is a low dose tetracycline antibiotic, so you should avoid the sunlight and tanning beds while taking it. It's typical side effects are the same as any antibiotic.
Comments:   I took the prescribed dose for 6 months(even though my dermatologist said I could stay on it indefinitely). The rash disappeared within 1-2 weeks.I was very pleased with the medication. It has been 1 1/2 years since my breakout and so far I have not had the rash return.

 

Oracea review by 32 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   rosacea
Dosage & duration:   1 pill taken daily for the period of 2+ years
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Marked reduction in redness & flushing and complete elimination of pustules. Ease of use over creams, etc.
Side effects:   none
Comments:   1 pill every morning at least one hour before eating. Topical medications were a hassle to use consistently, were seldom "cosmetically elegant", and did very little to keep symptoms from escalating. Dermatologist prescribed Oracea when it became obvious the the topicals were never going to control the pustules. Oracea cleared it up in a couple of weeks and gave consistent results throughout treatment - Rosacea was practically forgotten about - with no side effects. Several months after discontinuing use, pustles have returned but are nothing like before treatment and are manageable with OTC topicals. Expensive but Oracea does offer discounts worth looking into.

 

Oracea review by 37 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Rosacea
Dosage & duration:   40 mg taken daily for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   N/A
Other drugs taken:   Finacea topically
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Did not notice much difference in decrease of rosacea bumps or redness but the bumps seemed to increase briefly after I got off the Oracea. For approximately one week after discontinuing use. I used in conjunction with topical Finacea, which I applied twice a day, also prescribed for rosacea.
Side effects:   None noticed though per the treatment details (see below) it was often difficult to take based on your eating schedule.
Comments:   Take one pill a day. Must take one hour befor eating or two hours after with plenty of water. Also need to avoid sunlight while on this product though that is a good recommendation for skincare regardless of medication.

 

Oracea review by 53 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   rosacea
Dosage & duration:   40 mg / day taken 1 for the period of 2-3 years ongoing
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   using Metrogel topical
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I have had a mild case of blackheads and pimples since I was a child. Lifelong problem with breakouts and acute problem with rosacea was basically cured, or should I say controlled. I must continue taking the drug to continue benefits. If I stop, symptoms reoccur within 4-6 weeks.
Side effects:   None
Comments:   Take pill with water once a day. Don't take with calcium.

 

Oracea review by 54 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   rosacea
Dosage & duration:   40 mg taken once a day for the period of 4 days
Other conditions:   fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, EDS
Other drugs taken:   Armour thyroid 90 mg, Savella 50 mg
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Cleared acne
Side effects:   Joint pain, back pain and cramping
Comments:   Oracea 40 mg QD for 4 days. Is clearing the cystic acne on face but will be discontinuing due to the pain and discomfort in joints and back. Feels like the flu, which I do not have. This discomfort is being caused by Oracea.

 

Oracea review by 21 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   acne
Dosage & duration:   40mg taken daily for the period of 1 year
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The treatment cleared up papules and pustules (not completely, but significantly) and decreased redness in the face.
Side effects:   Yeast infections, stomach upset, fatigue. Strangely enough, it was only after coming off of antibiotics that I developed deep cystic acne. Before I had many small papules/pustules, but they were never very deep. After the antibiotics, the number I would have on my face at one time decreased, but I developed cysts deep under the surface of the skin that would sit there for weeks (never happened before).
Comments:   Eventually stopped taking Oracea because of the yeast infections. The long-term use of this and other antibiotics seems to have affected my immune system negatively.

 

Oracea review by 19 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Mild Acne
Dosage & duration:   40 mg capsule taken once daily for the period of 3 weeks
Other conditions:   Acne
Other drugs taken:   Low Dose Oral Contraceptives
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I only have mild acne, but it was immediately cleared up within a few days of taking Oracea.
Side effects:   Abdominal pain, Stomach discomfort, Flu-like symptoms, Anxiety, Nausea, Joint pain, Back pain, Sinus headache, Soar throat, Inflammatory lesions in the anogenital region. The sinus headache, nausea, and anxiety were immediate, but flu like symptoms and lesions didn't appear until start of 3rd week. I then stopped taking Oracea. It made me feel like my body was falling apart, the back pain, nausea, and flu like symptoms weren't worth having an acne-free face.
Comments:   I took one pill per day for 2-3 weeks.
 


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