Trump takes tetracycline for rosacea

Written by on February 3, 2017 in in the news, tetracyclines with 4 Comments

The New York Times is reporting on the health status of the President, based on an interview with his doctor – Harold N. Bornstein. The interview includes mention that Trump is taking a long acting tetracycline to control his rosacea.

It isn’t clear which formulation of tetracycline this would refer to. I’m sure the reporting is correct, but do wonder if he was referring to the delayed release, once daily, low dose formulation; as in Oracea.

Seems like pretty good public exposure for the condition rosacea – surely everyone will have heard of it now, right?

Donald Trump’s Longtime Doctor Says President Takes Hair-Growth Drug

FEBRUARY 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump takes medication for three ailments, including a prostate-related drug to promote hair growth, Mr. Trump’s longtime physician, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, said in a series of recent interviews.

The other drugs are antibiotics to control rosacea, a common skin problem, and a statin for elevated blood cholesterol and lipids.


In the interviews, Dr. Bornstein said he refilled Mr. Trump’s prescriptions for a long-acting tetracycline, a common antibiotic, to control rosacea. The skin ailment can cause easy blushing or flushing with visible blood vessels. It also can spread over the face, and sometimes the chest and back. In different forms it can resemble acne and cause bumps.

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4 Reader Comments

  1. Annette Townsend says:

    Is there support for pustular rosacea?

  2. Comment via email.

    “Maybe they will take notice now. I noticed past US president JW Bush seems to have it as well in his hospital pictures. The more awareness the better!

    Thank you David, as always!

    Have a nice weekend!”

  3. comment via email.

    “They won’t prescribe Tetracycline for me. I have had to use it for acne and that is my limit.They are very cautious about anti-biotics these days.
    Do not believe a word regarding Mr. Trump, but thank you anyway.

  4. George says:

    Gee. Bet if it was democrat prez U wud be supportive. Thanks for the non support. Guess I better look for a real support group.

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