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Severe acne, prescribed medicines that seem to be very costly. Suggestions and alternatives?

My grandson has a bad case of acne and seen Christa Heard CRNP today. She recommended antibiotics and a cream to be applied morning and night, to make a long story short the medicine was 600. dollars and I am a single woman raising my grandchild needless to say he was very upset when we left the drugstore what or where do we go from here? Sandra
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

I understand that 600 dollars is a huge amount and it's even puzzling to me why a course of antibiotics and a cream would cost that much. I presume that you don't have insurance, so the only option would be to be prescribed more cost-effective medication.

I would suggest that you can let the CRNP know that you cannot afford trhe medication and request her to prescribe something else more cost-effective and affordable. Since acne is not a serious condition, I don't think your grandson needs a very strong antibiotic or other expensive medication.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Emergency Medicine Specialist
Answered: Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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