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Finacea (azelaic acid)

Prescription only

Vibramycin (doxycycline)

Prescription only
Treats rosacea.

Finacea (azelaic acid) helps treat raised spots and pimple-like bumps that come from rosacea, but only provides slight redness improvement. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about the redness from rosacea.

Treats bacterial infections.

Vibramycin (doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a sunburn or rash.

4.3/ 7 average rating with 112 reviewsfordoxycycline
Upsides
  • Comes in both a gel and foam formulation.
  • Studies show Finacea (azelaic acid) is effective at reducing raised spots and pimple-like bumps in mild to moderate rosacea.
  • Is as effective as alternative medicines.
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) is a good alternative for some types of bacterial infections for people who are allergic to penicillin.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available as a liquid for those who have trouble swallowing.
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) is safe for people age 65 or older and those who have kidney problems.
Downsides
  • Only available as a prescription.
  • More expensive than alternative medicines. A generic option is not available. Your doctor may have you try a less expensive alternative medicine first.
  • May not be the best option if you are looking to improve redness from rosacea.
  • Causes more skin irritation than alternative medicines. Speak to your doctor if you already have very sensitive skin. An alternative medicine may be better for you.
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) can make some birth control less effective, so you may have to use barrier methods (like condoms) while on it.
  • Vitamins, iron supplements, or antacids can't be taken at the same time as Vibramycin (doxycycline).
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) can cause severe diarrhea that is usually watery and bloody, as late as up to 2 months after finishing the medicine.
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Dosage forms
  • Gel, foam
  • Pill
  • Delayed release pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
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112 
49%
think this treatment is worth it
36%
think this treatment works well
24%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Burning/Stinging/Tingling
    28%
  • Itching
    11%
  • Scaling/Dry skin/Very dry skin
    8%
  • Redness/Irritation
    3%
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The Vibramycin (doxycycline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
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  • Color changes in teeth of young children and unborn babies

    Age 8 or younger

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Severe diarrhea

    Using Vibramycin (doxycycline) for a long period of time

  • Sunburn or rash

    Being in the sun for a long period of time

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)

    Women who can potentially or want to become pregnant

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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