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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...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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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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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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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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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

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)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more