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How long does it take tazorac and solodyn (minocycline) to work for acne?

How long does it take tazorac and solodyn (minocycline) to work for acne?

1 to 2 months: Most topical and oral meds for acne take about 1-2 months to be effective. You may start seeing some improvement at 2-4 weeks but may take a while longer to get the maximum effect of the drug. It's also possible to look initially worse for the first 2-4 weeks before you start to see improvement. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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What can I do if solodyn / minocycline and clindamycin don't work for acne?

What can I do if solodyn / minocycline and clindamycin don't work for acne?

Many alternatives: There are several oral and topical medications for acne as well as laser and light based treatments. If the treatments you are currently on are not working, you should see a dermatologist for a consultation and new a treatment regimen. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take doryx 150 mg and solodyn (minocycline) 80mg ER at the same time to treat acne?

Is it ok to take doryx 150 mg and solodyn (minocycline) 80mg ER at the same time to treat acne?

Acne: Why pay for those expensive drugs? Taking 2 Minocycline per day is as effective or better, for about a 20th the price. ...Read more

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Has anyone here prescribed the acne drug solodyn (minocycline)?

Has anyone here prescribed the acne drug solodyn (minocycline)?

Antiobiotic: Solodyn is the trade name for minocycline, which is an antibiotic medication frequently used to treat acne from the tetracycline class. It is effective in inflammatory acne (red bumps, or bumps that drain pus) and will help decrease the redness and promote healing. It is not as photosensitizing as doxycycline, another commonly used drug. ...Read more

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Why does tazorac (tazarotene) make your acne worse before getting better?

Why does tazorac (tazarotene) make your acne worse before getting better?

Maybe not: Acne fluctuates. It might look worse at first. It might not. Many people benefit from this type of med. Without getting worse. It tends to be irritating, especially the first 2 weeks. As it makes comedones [plugs in oil glands] come out, it might appear as worse acne, especially as it makes the face red. ...Read more

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Does solodyn (minocycline) for acne cause an initial breakout? I keep hearing yes and no. I'd like a right answer

Does solodyn (minocycline) for acne cause an initial breakout? I keep hearing yes and no. I'd like a right answer

Patient dependent: It depends on the patient. Most likely the initial breakout is from tretinoin (retin-a) or another retinoid product like epiduo or differin (adapalene) that you are using at night. This would be a cream. I would discuss this with your physician who prescribed the medication. ...Read more

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I've heard acne comes back worse after discontinuing oral antibiotics -- Is this true? (On second month of Solodyn (minocycline) w/ another month to go). Thanks!

I've heard acne comes back worse after discontinuing oral antibiotics -- Is this true? (On second month of Solodyn (minocycline) w/ another month to go). Thanks!

Keep managing it: I'm going to assume that you are also using a topical agent such as benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid or, if you're intolerant of these, at least a salicylic acid wash. You know never to use an antibiotic as sole therapy. When you go off the systemic antibiotic, it'll be tapered. A topical antibiotic such as clindamycin may be a friend. Or since you're a "she", spironolacton. Options exist. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever used "tazorac" cream for acne, and not had side effects?

Has anyone ever used "tazorac" cream for acne, and not had side effects?

The only...: ...Significant side effect from tazorac, (tazarotene) in my experience, is dryness and irritation. Wait an hour after washing your face, to allow normal skin oils to replenish, before applying it. And apply it at bedtime, so that any irritation will occur while you're asleep. ...Read more

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What's better for acne tretinoin or Tazorac (tazarotene).?

What's better for acne tretinoin or Tazorac (tazarotene).?

Acne: They are both excellent formulations, each a little different ...Read more

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How effective is solodyn (minocycline) for acne?

How effective is solodyn (minocycline) for acne?

Not very effective: Solodyn is an expensive brand of minocycline. Usually you would prefer generic. It is very effective for some people with acne. 42 yr-old women respond about 10% of the time. Spironolactone is effective for most women like you. It is safer and much less expensive. ...Read more

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Does solodyn (minocycline) help with acne scars?

Maybe: Often a skins reaction can lead to local swelling which may make the skin look better. But a lasting impact is hard to get with topical creams. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Tazorac (tazarotene) and Retin-A (in the setting of acne tx)?

Both are retinoids: Depends on which one is tolerated more or gives better results, usually Tazorac (tazarotene) is more potent, ask your doctor, you may want to try both and decide for yourself, given that you use them right and follow the instructions well, take care ...Read more

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I'm taking solodyn (minocycline) for acne, and I'm interested in taking the Hcg drops. Is it safe?

I'm taking solodyn (minocycline) for acne, and I'm interested in taking the Hcg drops. Is it safe?

No: I would not recommend taking the solodyn (minocycline) and the HCG drops. If you are considering the use of the HCG drops, I would recommend that you get in to see your physician and make sure you are ready for such a process. You may be at risk, please get in to be seen before starting the HCG. ...Read more

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Does tazorac (tazarotene) help with acne scars?

Does tazorac (tazarotene) help with acne scars?

See below: Tazorac (tazarotene) does not treat acne scarring. It is a topical retinoid similar to, but more potent that retin-a. It can help prevent new acne scars by preventing serious breakouts as part of an acne treatment regimen. Some patients (especially those with darker skin tones) can develop dark spots from acne. These are not actually scars and Retin-A can help improve them over the course of many months. ...Read more

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I am 20 years old now and I've had acne since I was 12. I've went to many dermatologists for help and all they can give me is tazorac (tazarotene) to help me.

I am 20 years old now and I've had acne since I was 12. I've went to many dermatologists for help and all they can give me is tazorac (tazarotene) to help me.

Consultation advised: The following site offer good advice about treating acne with OTC products and prescription medication.: http://bit. Ly/Za0vuz For specific advice an online consultation here at Health Tap would be helpful. You can upload pictures of your acne, including closeups. ...Read more

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I have very bad acne since the age of 17. Nothing helps me I've tried birthcontrol, acazone, tazorac (tazarotene), spiromolactone & I feel its even worse! Help!?

I have very bad acne since the age of 17. Nothing helps me I've tried birthcontrol, acazone, tazorac (tazarotene), spiromolactone & I feel its even worse! Help!?

Details matter: Which birth control? Some birth control makes acne worse, some make it better. How long? Spironolactone dose? Duration? Usually it takes 3 months to appreciate results. Isotretinoin [Accutane] will rescue you if other therapy fails. Usually acne does NOT get worse at first. Typical treatment is 20 weeks. Large studies indicate clearly that it does NOT cause depression and that we waste time lookin ...Read more

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Can I use tazorac (tazarotene) as a spot treatment for mild acne?

Can I use tazorac (tazarotene) as a spot treatment for mild acne?

Not really: Tazorac (tazarotene) is not good for this. Tazorac (tazarotene) is meant to be used as an overall skin product to reduce future formation of acne, not to spot treat specific areas. ...Read more

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Will tazorac (tazarotene) cream help me with acne scars?

Will tazorac (tazarotene) cream help me with acne scars?

Probably not: It is an exfoliant but not enough to erase scars. It is more for active acne and its control. ...Read more

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Will tazorac cream (tazarotene cream) help with acne scars?

Will tazorac cream (tazarotene cream) help with acne scars?

No: They won't touch the scars. Many men -- including several noted hollywood "tough guys" -- like the scars for the character they give. Others hate them, or are indifferent, or let their partner decide. You have a choice. Laser therapy and fillers are used by dermatologists with much success. ...Read more

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I am taking Solodyn for acne, 115 mg and Junel 1/20 fe. Does this antibiotic effect the effectiveness of my birth control. If so, to what degree?

I am taking Solodyn for acne, 115 mg and Junel 1/20 fe. Does this antibiotic effect the effectiveness of my birth control. If so, to what degree?

Yes: There is evidence that solodyn can decrease the efficacy of birth control pills. To what degree I do not have a specific number on, but backup protection recommended. In addition, pregnancy not advised while on solodyn! ...Read more

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I have been using Tazorac (tazarotene) gel 0.1% for about 6 mnths for acne. I have some peeling and dryness. Any suggestions for moisturizers/cleanser?

I have been using Tazorac (tazarotene) gel 0.1% for about 6 mnths for acne. I have some peeling and dryness. Any suggestions for moisturizers/cleanser?

Excessive dryness: Applying an oil free hypoallergenic moisturizer after each cleansing with warm water and a gentle pH balanced cleanser can help prevent excessive dryness when using facial medications. Cetaphil and Ceravue are two examples. ...Read more

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I've been on antibiotics/birth control/tazorac for acne for years, but I've been flaring up for the last few months. Is Accutane my only option left?

I've been on antibiotics/birth control/tazorac for acne for years, but I've been flaring up for the last few months. Is Accutane my only option left?

See a dermatologist: Acne eruptions will vary both in precipitating factors, presentation and treatment. It would be best to discuss your options with a dermatologist familiar with your case. ...Read more

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If I don't have acne, but want to use a retinoid for anti-aging properties, which do you recommend? (adapalene vs tretinoin vs tazarotene)

If I don't have acne, but want to use a retinoid for anti-aging properties, which do you recommend? (adapalene vs tretinoin vs tazarotene)

There is good data: For both tretinoin and tazarotene. There multiple available concentrations for tretinoin that make titration easier. Some people feel like tretinoin may be less irritating too. ...Read more

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What helps best for cystic acne? Probiotics or evening primerose? Currently taking Spironolactone, Aczone, & genetic tazorac (tazarotene).

What helps best for cystic acne? Probiotics or evening primerose? Currently taking Spironolactone, Aczone, & genetic tazorac (tazarotene).

Adjuncts only: Sandy, forgive my frankness. I'm not a dermatologist, but if a retinoid (tazorac), dapsone, and spironolactone have failed, you need to consider isotetinoin therapy despite all the scare stuff you've read on the doctor-bashing websites. Acne is a grave personal and professional liability. You're an adult now, you have job interviews coming up, and it's probably the right choice. ...Read more

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What's more effective for cystic acne for 20 year old female. Benzoyl peroxide gel or tazorac (tazarotene) gel?

What's more effective for cystic acne for 20 year old female. Benzoyl peroxide gel or tazorac (tazarotene) gel?

Tazorac (tazarotene) Gel: TBoth are good and often used together for treating Acne Vulgaris.
But for cystic Acne Benzyl Peroxide Gel is too mild on it's own and Tazorac (tazarotene) GEL is more effecove. But can be used in combination with Tazorac (tazarotene) gel ...Read more

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How long does it take retin-a micro to clear acne scars?

How long does it take retin-a micro to clear acne scars?

See below: Retin-a mirco does not treat acne scarring. It can help prevent new acne scars by preventing serious breakout as part of an acne treatment regimen. Some patients (especially those with darker skin tones) can develop dark spots from acne lesions. These are not actually scars and Retin-A can help improve them over the course of many months. ...Read more

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How long would retin a (tretinoin) take to clear acne?

Acne: Most acne treatments, including retin a, (tretinoin) take a minimum of 2 weeks to start working and more likely 6-8 for better effect. Most studies looking at effectiveness of acne medicines look at the skin after 12 weeks. Unfortunately not overnight like most teens would like. ...Read more

Solodyn (Definition)

Minocycline hydrochloride is a tetracyclic agent which is a kind of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting drug (atypical anti-psychotic ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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