This medication is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, including those that cause acne, P. acnes. This medication is also used to prevent malaria and to treat Lyme Disease. This medication is known as a tetracycline antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.
This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections by creating resistant bacteria.
Pregnancy, Children and Acne Medications
Acne Medications may pose risks to a developing fetus.
Tetracyclines aren’t recommended for pregnant women or young children.
Children younger than 8 years may be more sensitive to the side effects of some acne medications, especially tooth discoloration. Tooth discoloration has also occurred in older children and young adults. Discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with the doctor.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby.
Common Side Effects of Acne Medications
If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. DO NOT take on an empty stomach.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: painful/difficult swallowing, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine) Tetracycline drugs such as Acne Medications may rarely cause a serious increase in pressure inside the skull (intracranial hypertension-IH). The risk of this side effect is greater for women of childbearing age who are overweight or who have had IH in the past. If IH develops, it usually goes away after some acne medication is stopped; however, there is a chance of permanent vision loss or blindness. Get medical help right away if you have: persistent/severe headache, vision changes (such as blurred/double vision, decreased vision, sudden blindness), persistent nausea/vomiting.
This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrheaproducts or narcotic pain medications if you have any of the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection. Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: fever that doesn’t go away, new or worsening lymph node swelling, rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Before taking acne medications, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other tetracyclines (such as minocycline); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as sulfites, soy found in some brands), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Acne Medications may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine) to not work as well. Do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication unless your doctor tells you to.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.
Acne Medications can have a negative interaction with the following drugs:
Some products that may interact with this drug include:
- Retinoid medications taken by mouth (such as acitretin, isotretinoin),
- Barbiturates (such as phenobarbital),
- “Blood Thinners” (such as warfarin),
- Anti-seizure medications (such as phenytoin), strontium.
Although most antibiotics (including Acne Medication) are unlikely to affect hormonal birth control such as pills, patch, or ring, a few antibiotics (such as rifampin, rifabutin) can decrease their effectiveness. This could result in pregnancy. If you use hormonal birth control, ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including urine catecholamine levels), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
PLEASE ASK YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST if it is safe to take with supplements, other medications and herbal or non-traditional medications.
Acne Medications and Alcohol
Acne Medications increases sensitivity to the motor-impairing effects of alcohol without causing a significant alteration in blood alcohol levels. Levels of Acne Medications are decreased while taking alcohol, therefore making treatment sub-optimal.
Therefore, it is best to avoid drinking alcohol while on Acne Medications.