EFFICACY OF ORAL AZITHROMYCIN AND ORAL DOXYCYCLINE IN PATIENTS WITH ACNE VULGARIS

Authors

  • Farah Iqbal Department of Dermatology, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Adeel Alam Department of Pharmacology, Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Tahir Department of Medicine, Rahbar Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Qasim Department of Pathology, Abbottabad International Medical College, Abbottabad, Pakistan
  • Momina Ansar Department of Pathology, Abbottabad International Medical College, Abbottabad, Pakistan
  • Syed Hassan Mustafa Department of Medicine, Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.69656/pjp.v19i2.1522

Keywords:

Acne Vulgaris, Azithromycin, Doxycycline, Efficacy

Abstract

Background: Acne vulgaris is a long-term skin disease characterized by blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, oily skin, and possible scarring. Systemic antibiotics have long been used as a treatment option in patients with acne. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of oral doxycycline vs azithromycin in patients with acne vulgaris. Method: It was a randomized controlled trial conducted in the Department of Dermatology, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar from 1st February to 30th July 2021. A total of 60 patients were enrolled in the study. Patients were randomized into 2 groups with Group A receiving azithromycin and Group B receiving doxycycline. Patients’ number of lesions was counted and followed for 4 months. A reduction in 80% of lesions was considered effective. Results: The mean age of the patients was 21.24±3.84 years. There were 16 female and 14 male patients in group A and 17 female and 13 male patients in group B. The majority of patients in both groups were found to have responded to the treatment showing good efficacy. Conclusion: Oral doxycycline and azithromycin were highly effective in patients with acne vulgaris. Efficacy of both drugs was similar to each other.

Pak J Physiol 2023;19(2):25–7

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Author Biographies

Farah Iqbal, Department of Dermatology, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, Pakistan

 

Muhammad Tahir, Department of Medicine, Rahbar Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan

 

Muhammad Qasim, Department of Pathology, Abbottabad International Medical College, Abbottabad, Pakistan

 

Momina Ansar, Department of Pathology, Abbottabad International Medical College, Abbottabad, Pakistan

 

Syed Hassan Mustafa, Department of Medicine, Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, Pakistan

 

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Published

30-06-2023

How to Cite

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Iqbal F, Alam MA, Tahir M, Qasim M, Ansar M, Mustafa SH. EFFICACY OF ORAL AZITHROMYCIN AND ORAL DOXYCYCLINE IN PATIENTS WITH ACNE VULGARIS. Pak J Phsyiol [Internet]. 2023 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 23];19(2):25-7. Available from: https://pjp.pps.org.pk/index.php/PJP/article/view/1522