Significant number of acne patients end up not taking prescribed medicines

Significant number of acne patients end up not taking prescribed medicines

A new study published on March 20 in the journal JAMA Dermatology has found that many of the patients of acne do not take their recommended medications.

Acne, or acne vulgaris, is a skin problem that starts when oil and dead skin cells clog up skin pores. It is also referred to as blackheads, blemishes, whiteheads, pimples, or zits. When there are just a few red spots, or pimples, it is classified as a mild form of acne. Severe acne can mean hundreds of pimples that can cover the face, neck, chest, and back.

The study, which involved about 143 acne patients, found that about 27% of the participants did not use all of the prescription products suggested by their dermatologists to treat the disease.

Dr. Steven Feldman, study author and a professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, said that non-adherence has been found a pervasive problem while treating the skin disease.

Feldman added, A previous study reported a 10 percent primary non-adherence rate for acne patients, so we were surprised that what we found was more than twice that.

There were no significant differences in medication non-adherence based on age or gender, according to the researchers.

The investigators also found that patients were less likely to fill prescriptions for topical medications (creams, lotions) than for pills. In addition, over-the-counter products were less likely to be obtained than prescription drugs, and paper prescriptions were less likely to be filled than electronic ones.

In this new study, it was found that 40 percent of acne sufferers who have consulted a dermatologist are most likely to avoid the usage of any medication or disregard their prescriptions if they were prescribed with 2 medications; while there is a 31 percent of the same finding for people that were prescribed with 3 or more medications; and finally, 9 percent for people who were prescribed with only one medication.

The study showed that patients are more inclined to follow the treatment regimen when only one medication is prescribed.

Multiple agents are typically required to address the multiple factors that cause acne, but simplifying treatment regimens by prescribing products that contain two or more active ingredients could prove effective in reducing nonadherence.

Significant number of acne patients end up not taking prescribed medicines

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