Compare Finacea vs. Minocycline

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Finacea
(azelaic acid)

Solodyn
(minocycline)

Treats rosacea. Finacea (azelaic acid) helps treat raised spots and pimple-like bumps that come from rosacea, but only provides slight redness improvement. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about the redness from rosacea.Treats bacterial infections. 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.
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Reviews for Minocycline
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-59% worse vs. Finacea
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Side effects
FinaceaMinocycline
  • Burning/Stinging/Tingling 23%
  • Itching 6%
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How it works
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Finacea (azelaic acid) is a dietary acid found naturally in whole grains. The way it works to treat rosacea is unknown. It does have antiinflammatory and antibacterial properties.Solodyn (Minocycline) is a tetracycline antibiotic. It stops bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.
Type of medication
FinaceaMinocycline
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
FinaceaMinocycline
  • Gel, foam
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
Used for
FinaceaMinocycline
Risk factors for serious side effects
FinaceaMinocycline
    Detailed Finacea (azelaic acid) risks & warnings »
    • Age 8 years or younger
    • Using oral birth control pills
    • Long antibiotic treatment period
    • Women of childbearing age
    Detailed Solodyn (minocycline) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Price
    FinaceaMinocycline
    No price related info.
    • Available as a generic, so it should be reasonably priced.
    Alcohol
    FinaceaMinocycline
    • Avoid products that can be too harsh or drying on your skin, such as those that contain alcohol, astringents and peeling agents.
    No alcohol related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    FinaceaMinocycline
    • Comes in both a gel and foam formulation.
    • Studies show Finacea (azelaic acid) is effective at reducing raised spots and pimple-like bumps in mild to moderate rosacea.
    • Is as effective as alternative medicines.
    • 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.
    Downsides and risks
    FinaceaMinocycline
    • Only available as a prescription.
    • More expensive than alternative medicines. A generic option is not available. Your doctor may have you try a less expensive alternative medicine first.
    • May not be the best option if you are looking to improve redness from rosacea.
    • Causes more skin irritation than alternative medicines. Speak to your doctor if you already have very sensitive skin. An alternative medicine may be better for you.
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    FinaceaMinocycline
    • Speak to your doctor before you use other products on your skin. Using other products alongside Finacea (azelaic acid) can cause more irritation.
    • Avoid products that can be too harsh or drying on your skin, such as those that contain alcohol, astringents and peeling agents.
    • You should avoid the common triggers of rosea, including: sunlight, very cold or warm weather, hot drinks and spicy foods. Speak to your doctor for a complete list of triggers.
    • Before applying Finacea (azelaic acid), wash the area to be treated with a mild cleanser and pat dry.
    • Continue using as directed, even if your symptoms get better.
    • You may wear makeup once Finacea (azelaic acid) has dried on the skin.
    • Both men and women should use barrier methods of birth control while on Solodyn (Minocycline) since it can cause birth defects and make birth control pills less effective.
    • Can make you dizzy, so be careful if you're getting up from lying down or sitting. Don't drive until you know how it affects you.
    • Can stain your teeth, tongue and gums, but this is temporary.
    • Take this exactly how your doctor or pharmacist tells you until it's all gone.
    • Don't eat any dairy products or take any vitamins within 2 hours of taking Solodyn (Minocycline) because they can make the medication less effective.
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