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People with moderate-to-severe acne may find using Solodyn to be a successful treatment option. This tablet is prescribed specifically for cases of acne characterized by inflamed, red, pus-filled lesions -- not whiteheads or blackheads. Children as young as 12 can use this medication; however, it should not be given to children younger than this. Older adults may need to start on a lower dose.

What Is Solodyn Used For?

Solodyn® (minocycline hydrochloride) is a prescription medication that belongs to a group of antibiotics called tetracyclines. It is an extended-release (ER) form of minocycline, an antibiotic used to treat a variety of different infections. Solodyn is only approved to treat the red, inflamed, or pus-filled bumps and pimples that occur with moderate-to-severe acne.
 
Acne is a disease that affects the skin's oil glands and follicles. Follicles are the canals that connect the tiny holes (pores) in your skin to the oil glands beneath the skin. Pimples form when these canals get clogged with skin cells, oil from the oil glands (called sebum), and bacteria. The bacteria may attract white blood cells, leading to bumps that are inflamed, red, or full of pus.
 
Acne is a common condition. Although it is not a serious health threat, severe cases can lead to permanent scarring. In addition, acne can cause embarrassment, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Therefore, the goals of treatment are to treat existing lesions, as well as prevent scarring and help reduce any associated psychological stress and embarrassment.
 
Solodyn is one of many different prescription acne medications currently available. It is approved to treat the red, inflammatory pimples and bumps that occur with moderate-to-severe acne. It will not work on acne spots that are not red, such as blackheads or whiteheads, or on acne cysts that are under the skin (see Types of Acne for descriptions of the different types of acne lesions).
 
As with other acne treatment, the condition may appear worse when Solodyn is started but should improve within a month. Talk to your healthcare provider if your acne does not improve within 12 weeks of beginning Solodyn.
 
(Click Acne Treatment to learn about other options.)
 

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