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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

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

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

Im taking solodyn (minocycline) for acne, and Im 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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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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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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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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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

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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Pimples (Definition)

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