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July 1976

Acne Vulgaris: Double-Blind Trial Comparing Tetracycline and Clindamycin

Author Affiliations

From the divisions of dermatology and gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. Dr Tedesco is now at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Fla.

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(7):974-976. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630310036007

† A double-blind prospective study was undertaken to compare low-dosage tetracycline hydrochloride and clindamycin hydrate hydrochloride in the treatment of patients with pustular acne. Clinical improvement was noted in 93.7% of those receiving tetracycline and in 92.8% of those receiving clindamycin. Of those patients who were receiving clindamycin, two patients developed diarrhea and one patient developed pseudomembranous colitis. We conclude, therefore, that clindamycin should not be used as a primary drug in the treatment of acne.

(Arch Dermatol 112:974-976, 1976)

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