Do antibiotics for acne cause resistance?

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I got a letter from my GP saying they're reviewing all cases of people taking them but I'm kneeing whether it actually causes resistances
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All antibiotics will cause an increase in antibacterial resistant bacteria. See antibacterial stewardship. It's a greater threat to civilization than global warming, or the possibility of nuclear war!
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yes.
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Unless urgent, global action is taken, people born within the last two to three decades may see a time when a simple scratch or minor cut could lead to death by septicemia.

The cost of even the simplest, most basic, surgery will increase a thousand fold.
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Oh damn, I also got a letter for an injection for septicemia

I want to take the tablets like once a week instead of every night but I bet they'd say "talk to your GP" even though it's not for something that is life threatening
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I got a letter from my GP saying they're reviewing all cases of people taking them but I'm kneeing whether it actually causes resistances
Yes. Anything you intake into your body in regards to drugs, your body will begin to resist. For example. I used to drink around Four 500ml cans of energy drink a day. If a person who has never had caffine before does that, they would most likely have a heart attack. I built up a resistance to caffine over the years. Drugs are the same.

The acne cream is the same. I used to have that and my face just got used to it. Had to go on to the max strength Benzoyl Peroxide creams and use for 3 weeks and have 1 week off so it doesn't get too used to it.
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Ok thanks

Tonight I'll not take a tablet and see what happens
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One of the best cures for acne, and skin problems in general, is patothenic acid, vitamin B5. Widely and cheaply available in most health stores. Way cheaper buying online. One 500 mg tablet, with every meal, clears most (not all, doesn't work for everyone, all the time) acne problems within a fortnight. Cleared up my adult acne, never get breakouts anymore, except when I seriously overindulge in chocolate, or very high white sugar products, mainly over Xmas. Seen in work wonders on people I know, and told this to.

Spend a tenner. Try B5 for a fortnight. You may well be astonished how well it can work too!!!
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Yes I take pantothenic acid and vitamin B5 but they are 1) expensive and 2) don't seem to do too much

I took it 3 times a day at 500mg but decided to have 1 at breakfast instead as it's £8 for 90 of them, a months supply

I think it might've worked at first but I still get spots ;/
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I got a letter from my GP saying they're reviewing all cases of people taking them but I'm kneeing whether it actually causes resistances
Yup they do. Essentially what happens is the bacteria get used to that antibiotic so it doesn't work as well later. One of the biggest problems is people not finishing a full course of antibiotics cos it leaves behind some bacteria to warn the next lot.
It's actually way more complicated and sciencey than that (shocker), but that's difficult to understand and explain so if you want to know more you can go Google it.
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But how long is a course because I've been taking it for probably about a year now I think

Each box is like a months supply
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But how long is a course because I've been taking it for probably about a year now I think

Each box is like a months supply
You've been taking antibiotics every day (I assume) for around a year?

Mind replying with the name and dosage strength so I can check the BNF, and Martindale's complete drug reference, because that doesn't seem right to me.
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If you keep taking them, eventually you’ll become resistant to their effects, it’s why MRSA and MSSA are such threats to people in the hospital. However quite a few antibiotics exist which are extremely sparingly use, and only given when everything else has failed, plus more are being developed, so we shouldn’t panic too much yet. The main risks are from countries like China, India, and Mexico, where a large amount of people have open access to many pharmaceuticals without needing prescriptions, and so in that case, if people start using these medicines willy nilly, problems are inevitable
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i presume your acne must be pretty bad? so natural treatments haven't worked for you?
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You've been taking antibiotics every day (I assume) for around a year?

Mind replying with the name and dosage strength so I can check the BNF, and Martindale's complete drug reference, because that doesn't seem right to me.
Oral antibiotics are indeed recommended by NICE for severe acne, to be used for at least 3 months. No offence, but being a pharmacy student does not give you the right to be telling people that their treatment (which was very likely prescribed a dermatology specialist) isn't correct.

OP, I would strongly advice you to discuss your concerns with your GP and coming to joint decision about what would be the best thing to do in terms of your treatment. Taking the antibiotics once a week will do nothing for your acne, however will make antibiotic resistance more rather than less likely.
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Oral antibiotics are indeed recommended by NICE for severe acne, to be used for at least 3 months. No offence, but being a pharmacy student does not give you the right to be telling people that their treatment (which was very likely prescribed a dermatology specialist) isn't correct.
Sorry I should've worded that better. However, I did not say, "that their treatment (which was very likely prescribed a dermatology specialist) isn't correct", that is not true. I simply said, "that doesn't sound right to me". There is a difference, please don't put words in my mouth.

It's evident I'm lacking in understanding in long term antibiotic use, and I was seeking a starting point to research deeper, to get a clearer understanding of the topic. We keep getting taught the message of antimicrobial stewardship, and the urgent importance of stopping, or at least reducing, the spread of antibacterial resistance. Long term use hasn't really come up in lecturers, making it obvious I'm lacking in education on this issue.
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Oral antibiotics are indeed recommended by NICE for severe acne, to be used for at least 3 months.
That wasn't the case when my teenage acne persisted into my early 20's, antibiotics were never mentioned as an option, another reason why I was seeking clarification.

Instead, I was put on a course of Accutane, that although worked (for several years) had unpleasant side-effects. I had to be near constantly applying Vaseline to my cracked, and bleeding skin, while I was taking the medication.
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Honestly idk why GPs agonise so much over this when intensive farm animals are being pumped full of them anyway
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It is 300mg tetralysal
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You've been taking antibiotics every day (I assume) for around a year?

Mind replying with the name and dosage strength so I can check the BNF, and Martindale's complete drug reference, because that doesn't seem right to me.
It is 300mg tetralysal
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