The macrolides are a group of antibiotic used to treat acne. Erythromycin for acne and azithromycin are the two drugs belongs to macrolides.
It is one of the macrolides groups of antibiotics used for the treatment of moderate to severe acne. Erythromycin has a number of advantages over tetracycline. During the treatment course, it destroy bacteria that lives deep in sebaceous glands of the skin. It has also anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce swelling and redness due to acne.
Based on the severity of acne and concentration of the active ingredient, erythromycin can be prescribed as 250mg - 500mg twice a day. This antibiotics is also available as topical treatments.
Advantages of Erythromycin
Erythromycin for acne has some advantages over other antibiotics:
Azithromycin is the second types of antibiotics in macrolides group that can improve acne by inhibiting the growth of acne causing bacteria that causes acne vulgaris. It can also be used to treat acne fulminans.
The main drawbacks of azithromycin is the increased level of resistant bacteria. Most research shows that acne causing bacteria develops resistance against azithromycin. Compared to other antibiotics, the incidence of side effects of azithromycin is lower.
It is sold under the brand name of Zithromax. Package of six are the commonly available azithromycin consists of one 500mg dosage for the first day and four 250mg dosage for the next four days. Another alternatives dosages are 200mg or 500mg of zithromax three times a week for a period of 2-3 months.