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When to give up on oral antibiotics?

I have been taking 100mg doxycycline for 22 days now. There has been no improvement whatsoever. I'm wondering at what point should I give up on them? I don't really want to have to take antibiotics everyday for long unless I'm actually getting some benefit from them

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Your derm should've have prescribed you 200mg doxycycline (100mg every 12 hours). If you don't see noticeable result in 6 to 8 weeks, it's either minocycline/bactrim or accutane. Remember after 12 weeks your derm suppose to end the antibiotic treatment to prevent bacterial resistant.

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What time period did your doctor prescribe for?  My understanding is that low dose tetracycline antibiotics are prescribed more for their anti-inflammatory effects than for antibiotic effect.  Doctors here prescribe them for 3-6 months.  It can take a couple of months to see much effect so I would suggest perservering a bit longer yet.  Take some pictures to be able to compare your progress from now to each month end.  Have a follow up appointment with your doctor after 2-3 months.

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