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Efracea is an effective treatment for adults with papulopustular facial rosacea. It reduces symptoms typically associated with the condition, such as redness of the face and red bumps (papulopustular lesions). Efracea contains a lowered dose of the antibiotic doxycycline and, because of this, can only be used with a valid prescription.
The effects of Efracea are due to its active ingredient, doxycycline, an antibiotic with immunomodulating properties. The anti-inflammatory effect of doxycycline can be used to counteract the often uncomfortable and embarrassing symptoms that patients with rosacea suffer.
The lower dose of doxycycline in Efracea means there is no risk of it having secondary antibiotic effects on the body.
You should take one 40mg capsule of Efracea daily. The capsule should be taken on an empty stomach, as soon as you wake in the morning. It should be taken a minimum of one hour before a meal. The capsule should be taken with water to reduce the risk of stomach and throat complications.
Please note, minerals such as aluminium, zinc and calcium can reduce and inhibit the body’s absorption of doxycycline. These minerals should not be consumed as dietary supplements 2 or 3 hours before taking the medication. Dairy products should also be avoided 2 or 3 hours before taking the medication.
After 6 weeks of treatment, your progress should be evaluated by your doctor. If no effects can be observed at this stage, you should discontinue treatment. If the medication shows satisfactory results, a standard course is 16 weeks. You should have a reassessment a month after finishing the treatment.
Like any prescription medication, Efracea can cause unwanted side effects. However, due to the lower dosage of doxycycline, these are less common and less severe than related antibiotic treatments.
Common side effects include:
Please note, this is by no means a complete list of side effects. More information can be found in the patient leaflet. Should you experience serious or long-lasting side effects when using Efracea, consult your doctor.
It is crucial only to use Efracea for the treatment of rosacea. Despite it being an antibiotic, it will be ineffective for other infections. The antibiotic in Efracea is a very low dosage and misusing it will lead to antibiotic resistance.
This medication is not recommended for patients who have a known sensitivity to doxycycline. It should also not be taken by children or pregnant women in their second or third trimester.
Patients with muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis), systemic lupus erythematosus or alcohol dependence will require a thorough assessment by their doctor.
You should inform your doctor about all medications you are taking before starting a treatment with Efracea. This also includes over-the-counter and homoeopathic medicines.
The use of Efracea also makes your skin more sensitive to the sun. You must exercise caution, cover up and use sun cream while taking this medication.
The efficacy of Efracea can be affected by the following compounds which should only be ingested 2 to 3 hours after using the medication:
Efracea should also not be used for treatment in combination with any of the following:
Please note, chronic alcohol abuse can make treatment ineffective.
You can comfortably buy Efracea online with HealthExpress. Our doctors will assess your health with an online consultation and issue a valid prescription if there are no medical concerns. Once the prescription is released, our in-house pharmacy will prepare your treatment in a discreet package with free express delivery.