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Medications for Rosacea

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The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medications listed below. Only the most general side effects are included. Ask your doctor if you need to take any special precautions. Use each of these medications only as recommended by your doctor, and according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
There are several prescription medications available to treat rosacea. They are used to control the redness and clear up bumps and pustules on your face. You may be given medication to apply to your skin (topical) and medication to take by mouth (oral). It may take a few weeks to see results. Once your symptoms have cleared, you may need to continue taking medication to keep rosacea under control.

Prescription Medications

  • Metronidazole
  • Clindamycin
  • Clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide
  • Sulfur and sodium sulfacetamide
  • Tetracycline
  • Minocycline
  • Erythromycin
  • Doxycycline
  • Metronidazole
  • Tretinoin
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Isotretinoin

Prescription Medications



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