Solodyn

Generic Name: Minocycline

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Solodyn is an antibiotic used to treat acne. Solodyn is an extended release medicine (a type of tablet that releases medicine into your body throughout the day).

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Solodyn works by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your acne.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Solodyn may help clear or almost clear pimples and red bumps associated with acne.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Solodyn exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed for the full course of treatment, even if your skin improves earlier.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may start to notice an improvement in the appearance of your skin. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: headache, tiredness, dizziness, itching.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Permanent tooth discoloration (yellow-gray-brown) in babies or children, especially if taken during tooth development (during the last half of pregnancy, and from birth to 8 years of age).

    Watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever), even as late as two or more months after having taken the last dose of Solodyn.

    Liver problems, with symptoms such as loss of appetite, tiredness, diarrhea, yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, unexplained bleeding, confusion, or sleepiness.

    Central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) effects, with symptoms such as lightheadedness, dizziness, or a spinning feeling.

    High pressure in the fluid around your brain, with symptoms such as blurred vision, vision loss, or unusual headaches.

    Immune system reactions, with symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, or body weakness.

    Serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as skin rash; hives; swelling of your face, eyes, lips, tongue, or throat; or trouble swallowing or breathing.

    Solodyn can harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about other treatment options if you plan to become pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking Solodyn.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Solodyn if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Solodyn. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney, liver, or vision problems; diarrhea or watery stools; are scheduled for surgery with general anesthesia; are a man, and you and your female partner are trying to conceive a baby; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults and adolescents ≥12 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child based on the weight.

    If you have kidney impairment, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Solodyn exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Solodyn without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Swallow Solodyn tablets whole. Do not chew, crush, or split the tablets.

    Solodyn can be taken with or without food. Taking Solodyn with food may lower your chances of getting irritation or ulcers in your esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth and stomach).

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in other activities that require mental alertness or coordination until you know how Solodyn affects you.

    Do not expose yourself to sunlamps or tanning beds, and try to limit your time in the sun, as Solodyn can increase your sensitivity to light. If you need to be outdoors, use sunscreen and wear a hat and loose-fitting clothes that protect your skin from the sun.

    Do not skip doses. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of Solodyn can decrease its effectiveness and can lead to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of Solodyn.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Solodyn is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Solodyn with the following: antacids that contain aluminum, calcium, or magnesium; birth control pills; blood thinners (such as warfarin); iron-containing products; or penicillin.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not take Solodyn if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Solodyn can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Solodyn, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light, moisture, and excessive heat.

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