Compare Erygel vs. Minocycline
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Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin) is a very common acne treatment you apply to the skin that may work better when combined with other topical medicines.
Solodyn (Minocycline) is an effective way to treat certain skin infections, acne, and rosacea, but you'll need to use barrier methods of birth control since it can make birth control pills less effective and cause birth defects.
- Applying erythromycin to the skin reduces the amount of acne bacteria and "calms" the skin down (lowers the inflammatory response) in acne.
- Available in a gel formulation which may be better if your skin is very oily.
- Better choice if you're pregnant. erythromycin is categorized as pregnancy Category B (likely safe) as compared to similar topical medicines that are Category C (weigh risks vs benefits).
- Clinical studies show it's effective against MRSA, a common skin infection, and it's commonly used to treat acne and rosacea.
- Available as a generic, so it should be reasonably priced.
- Solodyn (Minocycline) is less likely to cause sunburn than other tetracycline antibiotics.
- Bacteria are less likely to become resistant to Solodyn (Minocycline) than other tetracycline antibiotics.
- There's a risk of irritation with anything you apply to your skin and this is no different. erythromycin, like other topical antibiotics, can cause skin irritation and may appear as redness, peeling, abnormal dryness or stinging, tightening, or burning sensations.
- It's rare, that a serious allergic reaction would occur, but it's a good idea to test a small area of skin before using on any larger or sensitive areas
- Studies show it works better when combined with other topical medicines to fight acne and reduce the risk of it losing its effectiveness over time.
- Can cause severe inflammation of the large intestine (pseudomembranous colitis)
- Stop using if you don't notice any improvement in your acne after 6-8 weeks. The most time you can use it is three months.
- It can make birth control pills less effective, so people should use barrier methods of birth control like condoms or diaphragms while on Solodyn (Minocycline).
- Can stain your teeth, mouth, and gums if you're using the tablets, or your skin if you're using the topical version, but this is temporary.
- Cream, gel, or ointment
- Topical solution
- Extended release
- Extended release capsule
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- Allergic reaction
- Skin irritation
- Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
- Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
- Development of more serious infections
- Changes in teeth
- Age 8 years or younger
- Decreased effectiveness of birth control pills
- Using oral birth control pills
- Diarrhea from a superinfection (an infection that happens after, or in addition to, an earlier infection)
- Long antibiotic treatment period
- Harm to fetus
- Women of childbearing age