Thanks for your question. I recommend that you discuss your concern with the prescribing doctor
. Bacterial resistance is certainly one of the concerns with continued use of any antibiotic over a long period of time. Especially in the United States, there is a concern that doctors
may be over-using some of the best antibiotics, which may lead to the development of strains of bacteria that are resistant to these antibiotics. For this reason, there is a push to use them only when needed. Fortunately, as you have discovered, these antibiotics can be very helpful with a number of conditions, including things such as acne. Just like with other uses of antibiotics, resistance is a possibility. The key thing is to determine which bacteria are likely to become resistant. For most people, the common bacteria that are associated with acne remain susceptible and the antibiotics can continue to help. While there may be a theoretical benefit to an intermittent pattern of usage, practically this is not something that most doctors worry
about when dispensing this medication for most people. Speaking with the prescribing doctor is always the best thing to do to get answers to your question, and your pharmacist may also be able to help. Please speak with your doctor.