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User Reviews for Oracea

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Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Ocular Rosacea 10.0
1 reviews 44 medications
Rosacea 8.1
43 reviews 107 medications
Summary of Oracea reviews 8.1 44 reviews

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Reviews for Oracea

Melia · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 30, 2020

For Rosacea: “Caused strange headaches at beginning. Caused high blood pressue and Anxiety.”

3 / 10
Kitty · Taken for less than 1 month October 12, 2019

For Rosacea: “Oh my gosh. My skin is gorgeous to me. Clear and glowing. people at work notice. Wear less make up to cover up redness. I was not on it for a few years now I am back on it and loving it!”

Cait · Taken for less than 1 month March 1, 2019

For Rosacea: “I was on regular doxy for several months for my rosacea (bumps and redness). Oral antibiotics are the only thing that have helped my skin look more normal. My dermatologist has switched me over the generic Oracea (a couple times actually). It seems to help my skin (not perfect, but pretty good), however, I get totally bloated on this medicine, and I've definitely been gaining weight, primarily fat. This wasn't really the case with regular doxy, but the Oracea always seems to have this effect. I will have to exercise more and adjust my diet if I'm going to stay on this stuff...So, I'm giving it a 8/10 since it helps my skin, but I'm not happy with the weight/fat gain and bloating.”

8 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 11, 2018

For Rosacea: “It has truly been a miracle drug for me!!! I couldn’t be happier with the results!!!”

10 / 10
Drow · Taken for less than 1 month April 28, 2018

For Rosacea: “I was diagnosed with acne rosacea in my 20's, my mom (is 86 and I am in my 60s) has it to. My eyes had always been bloodshot which I attributed to my allergies but this spring they were worse and neither artificial tears nor Visine helped. In my dermatologist waiting room I read an article about ocular rosacea. When I asked the PA about it I told her about my attempts to resolve my bloodshot eyes. She said likely it is ocular rosacea and I have been on Oracea just about a week. Eyes are not as bloodshot, but what frustrated me was in the 40 yrs of seeing dermatogists, NONE had ever mentioned ocular rosacea to me, thank God I read an article about it. This is a new derm to me (2nd visit ever) and the PA mentioned the redness on my face, which I thought was high blood pressure, and said the Oracea may work on all the symptoms.”

3 / 10
Eric R November 27, 2017

For Rosacea: “For context, I am a 21 year old male with oily, bumpy, red skin. I began taking Oracea in June of 2017. For the first month, I noticed no change. After that, I began noticing improvement until about week 6 when I peaked in terms of how my skin looked and felt. For whatever reason, my skin went downhill ever since then. It has now been 6 months on Oracea, and my skin is only slightly better than when I was not taking Oracea, even though I also started metrogel in September. It seems like Oracea works for some people, but it did not consistently work for me.”

4 / 10
Rosacea getting worse · Taken for less than 1 month May 23, 2017

For Rosacea: “Hi All - I have been taking Oracea for about a week now and have actually found my rosacea to worsen. I am considering stopping the treatment but wondering if anyone who likes the drug has had the experience of it getting worse before it gets better. Feeling very self-conscious and frustrated. Thank you.”

1 / 10
Starrella · Taken for 10 years or more May 4, 2017

For Rosacea: “I have tried low dose doxycycline and Periostat to treat ocular rosacea but both cause me to have a severe headache which does not go away. Only Oracea, unfortunately, with time-release doxycycline, keeps the dosage constant enough to avoid headaches. However, I no longer have pain and a feeling of "grittiness" in my eyes. Insurance covers some of cost (generic)”

10 / 10
Danno99 April 2, 2017

For Rosacea: “Simply put, it works. I had taken tetracyclene previously for years, along with Metrogel, with limited results. As soon as I started with Oracea (prescribed by dermatologist) my rosacea symptoms disappeared. The downside of course is the cost. I have an HSA so it's all out of pocket until my deductible is met; but I pay because it's worth it. I've also found the generic is only slightly less expensive but the good there is it works just the same as Oracea there have been no differences in effectiveness. On a somewhat different note, I went in for an eye exam and my opthmologist told me Oracea was a ripoff and a marketing gimmick and all I had to do was take a low dose of doxy twice a day with the same effect for a fraction of the cost.”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 5, 2017

For Rosacea: “This medicine is the best thing that ever happened to has done wonders for my Rosacea!!”

10 / 10
Alexis O June 29, 2016

For Rosacea: “I am 16 years old and my acne has been a problem for a little over 6 months. I was previously on Acticlate for about 2 months which did not help my skin much and had terrible side effects like vomitting. My dermatologist switched me to Oracea 40 mg and I was hopeful. The first week on it, my skin became so much worse and I wanted to get off of it. However, after that first week, my skin began to clear up and now only has a few red spots. This medication works great, you just have to push through the first week and remember that things get worse before they get better. I also love Oracea because it has no side effects on me which is great.”

9 / 10
Gbert June 9, 2016

For Rosacea: “Oracea worked perfectly for clearing up my rosacea. I used it for 4 years. Now Obamacare has screwed everything up so bad, insurance companies do not cover it anymore. I can't afford it. rosacea is back. Guess I am just going to have to be ugly because nothing else seems to work.”

10 / 10
Chrisy2 · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 2, 2016

For Rosacea: “Once a day dosing, works better that generic.”

10 / 10
Sarah c December 5, 2015

For Rosacea: “Too soon for me to tell if this is working, but for you concerned about cost it is now generic and costs me $10 a month.”

6 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 1, 2015

For Rosacea: “Helps with the burning and Bump flare ups. When used all the time completely makes me symptom free”

10 / 10
College dude November 26, 2015

For Rosacea: “Good, no side effects, other then depression. Finally found a way to control acne. Once the doctors coupon ended so did my prescription and the depressed feeling of a drug company playing, got you hooked now pay up, began. College student that can not afford hundreds of dollars a month to stay on it. College insurance and family insurance does not cover doctors recommended treatment drug.”

7 / 10
First day had someone comment. · Taken for less than 1 month August 27, 2015

For Rosacea: “The first day I used Oracea I had a friend ask what I had done differently. She added, your face is not red. It works well for me! The only issue I have is the medicine does not clear up blemishes as well as Minocycline.”

9 / 10
Jamie Elizabeth July 25, 2015

For Rosacea: “Started taking for acne. It helped a lot the first three weeks but the second I had my period it's like I might as well not even be taking the oracea because I see little to no difference. I get diarrhea and upset stomach in addition to taking this medication. For me, I'll probably need to take a stronger medicine.”

6 / 10
pbro · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 8, 2015

For Ocular Rosacea: “I have mild rosacea but experienced ocular rosacea/blepharitis for the first time a year ago. The ophthalmologist told me that it was chronic and prescribed all sorts of things that didn't work. Months later I saw a new dermatologist. She prescribed oracea, which put me out of my misery. The skin on and under my eyes had become dry and sore from doing hot compresses four times a day. It is a pity that the pharmaceutical company price it so high that most cannot get relief, seems awfully greedy to me!”

10 / 10
Flora E April 13, 2015

For Rosacea: “I used to have terrible acne on my skin, and so I went to my dermatologist and he prescribed this. I used it for about half a year, and my acne was starting to clear up. Although, I recommend wearing lots of sunscreen during the summer, because you will get facial sunburns. But oddly enough, while using Oracea, I started to experience moderate heart palpitations and panic attacks and anxiety, and so I stopped using Oracea immediately. I am not sure that I recommend this to everyone.”

7 / 10
charlievirginia December 9, 2014

For Rosacea: “Wow. I've had mild rosacea for years and had heard about this medication but was unable to take it because I was pregnant then nursing. I saw results in just over a week. I don't even need to use the Metrogel anymore. I take it at night with a glass of water and have never had any side effects. I definitely recommend this. Luckily my copay is only $25 month. I was told to be careful with sun exposure while taking this but it's winter so I'm hoping this isn't a problem in summer.”

10 / 10
P-Pharma · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 22, 2014

For Rosacea: “I recently found an amazing dermatologist who is very vigilant about tailoring treatments specific to my skin and my medical history and prescribed me Oracea, after several unsuccessful treatments from other derms (incl. completely altering my skincare regimen, switching from my pricey La Mer face wash/moisturizers to all Cerave products and SPF 35 sunscreen). I've been on Oracea for 4 weeks and unlike the other reviewers here, I haven't seen any improvements yet :( I'm not sure if my redness is caused by another underlying condition at this point b/c we've tried most topical treatments (Finacea, Mirvaso, Metrogel) and they only make the redness worse! Anyone else see improvements only after > 4 weeks of treatment?”

2 / 10
red eyes & blepharitis · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 23, 2014

For Rosacea: “I've had what they said was blepharitis all of my life. It started spreading under a lower eyelid so I went to a dermatologist (after spending hundreds at an opthamologist and him putting me on several antibiotics and eyedrops). She put me on Oracea and it made it so much better; even the bloodshot, scratchy eyes. The only drawback is that it has given me severe heartburn, which I've never had before. ”

10 / 10
TinnerW March 2, 2014

For Rosacea: “This medication combined with Finacea cream saved my skin! I was having terrible localized breakouts that would leave bad scars. Once I started religiously using Oracea and Finacea (to help with redness) my skin looks amazing, I rarely need to wear makeup now. Only downside is it makes my lips sensitive. The tend to look swollen- which is not such a bad thing. I would recommend this to anyone dealing with Rosacea.”

10 / 10
Nita1214 November 23, 2013

For Rosacea: “LOVE LOVE LOVE Oracea! 2 weeks and I already notice a great improvement in my eyes. I have mild rosacea on my face (red nose sometimes) but it was the ocular rosacea that prompted me to seek help. I thought my eyes were just red from my contacts but my ophthalmologist said it was ocular rosacea. I was devastated- I do not want to lose my vision! So far, so good- my eyes feel 100% better, my stress level is down & I'm starting to feel "normal" again! I guess I'm lucky because I haven't experienced any of the side effects (yet). Hopefully it'll stay that way. Oracea is my new best friend.”

10 / 10