Overprescribing Antibiotics

Updated: Jun 30

Overprescription of antibiotics is one of the main reasons for the approval of biologics and other treatments which will hopefully be approved in the near future. Acne treatments and antibiotics are not the answer for HS. Doctors are prescribing biologics with an antibiotic, sometimes more than one antibiotic, and even adding Accutane (Isotretinoin) into the mix. In other instances they're prescribing a biologic, an antibiotic, and a steroid, which is unnecessary.

If your doctor is trying to give you an antibiotic, ask them why. If it's not to treat an infection, then you have the option of saying no. It is ill advised to be on a biologic and something like Accutane at the same time. Accutane is not a treatment for HS; it is an extremely harsh drug and is very damaging to the body. Oral steroids should only be used short-term and are not a regular treatment for HS.

You do not have to take medication just because a doctor prescribes it. The scenarios mentioned above are not logical for this disease and are very risky. While you may feel desperate with this disease do not allow yourself to become so desperate that you are willing to take or do anything. If you are on a biologic currently and your current treatment is not working, don’t hesitate to ask for another "logical" treatment to be added to your current treatment regimen.


This is an awareness article for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider.

Written by Denise Panter-Fixsen

Edited by Brindley Kons

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