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Tazorac Solodyn 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acne suggestions for 20 year old male on solodyn (minocycline) and retin a but still getting flare ups after 4 months?
Just got prescribed the acne gel tazorac (tazarotene) have not seen improvement yet how long does it take to start working?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Acne: they are both excellent formulations, each a little different ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer