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What specific rosacea treatments has the FDA approved?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several drugs specifically for treating rosacea. The drug metronidazole is a cream applied directly to the skin that helps lower inflammation and reduce the presence of acne-like bumps. Another FDA-approved drug that you use on your skin, azelaic acid, also reduces inflammation. Doctors usually prescribe these medicines for mild to moderate rosacea. One antibiotic medication, doxycycline, is approved by the FDA for treating rosacea; it comes as a pill. You doctor may also prescribe other antibiotic medications or additional drugs that are not specifically approved for rosacea but may help control the condition.

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