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These medications are comparable to Acnecycline (Tetracycline) or used for similar purposes.

Acnecycline
(Tetracycline)

Duac
(Clindamycin / Benzoyl Peroxide)

Akne-Mycin
(Erythromycin)

Benzamycin
(Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin)

Vibramycin
(Doxycycline)

Solodyn
(Minocycline)

Zithromax
(Azithromycin)

Cetraxal
(Ciprofloxacin)

Amoxil
(Amoxicillin)

Kills bacteria and treats acne. Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.Coming soon.Topical treatment for acne. Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin) is a very common acne treatment you apply to the skin that may work better when combined with other topical medicines.Topical treatment for acne. Benzamycin (Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin) is a topical combination acne treatment that may work better for people who didn't see an improvement when taking either medicine alone or simply don't want to take pill medication. You need to be careful because it can bleach your hair, clothing and other fabrics. It also needs to be stored in the refrigerator and is only good for three months..Treats bacterial infections. Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.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.Kills bacteria. Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.Treats ear infections. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an easy to use antibiotic that treats most ear infections.Treats bacterial infections. Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, many bacteria are resistant to this medication.
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Reviews for Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
44%
of people say Acnecycline (Tetracycline) is worth it
29%
say it works well
16%
say it's a big hassle

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Reviews for Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin)
46%
+2% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
34%
+5% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
20%
4% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
Reviews for Benzamycin (Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin)
54%
+10% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
26%
3% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
12%
+4% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
Reviews for Vibramycin (Doxycycline)
50%
+6% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
34%
+5% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
23%
7% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)

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Reviews for Zithromax (Azithromycin)
74%
+30% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
59%
+30% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
11%
+5% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)

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Reviews for Amoxil (Amoxicillin)
62%
+18% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
45%
+16% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
14%
+2% vs. Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
Side effects
TetracyclineDuacErygelBenzamycinDoxycyclineMinocyclineAzithromycinCetraxalAmoxicillin

The Tetracycline FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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We haven’t found good data for Duac side effects.

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The Erygel FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Benzamycin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Doxycycline FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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We haven’t found good data for Minocycline side effects.

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The Azithromycin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Cetraxal FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Amoxicillin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
TetracyclineDuacErygelBenzamycinDoxycyclineMinocyclineAzithromycinCetraxalAmoxicillin
Acnecycline (Tetracycline) is an antibiotic. It prevents bacteria from growing, reproducing, and repairing themselves. It also changes your immune system response (immunomodulating effect), which helps treat skin conditions.Coming soon.Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin) is a topical antibiotic. It fights bacteria that cause acne in oil (sebaceous) glands, and contains alcohol which dries out acne-affected areas.Benzamycin (Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin) is a combination topical medicine. Erythromycin (an antibiotic) kills bacteria that cause acne. Benzoyl peroxide works to fight the bacteria and shed acne-affected skin.Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is a tetracycline antibiotic. It stops bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.Solodyn (Minocycline) is a tetracycline antibiotic. It stops bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.Zithromax (Azithromycin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic that stops bacteria from being able to grow and replicate. Preventing bacteria from working prevents the infection from continuing.Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria and prevents them from reproducing and making their own protective covering.
Type of medication
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Acne agent
Antibiotic
Prescription only
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Acne agent
Antibiotic
Prescription only
Acne agent
Antibiotic
Prescription only
Antibiotic
Tetracycline
Prescription only
Antibiotic
Tetracycline
Prescription only
Antibiotic
Macrolide
Prescription only
Antibiotic
Quinolone
Prescription only
Antibiotic
Penicillin
Prescription only
Available as
TetracyclineDuacErygelBenzamycinDoxycyclineMinocyclineAzithromycinCetraxalAmoxicillin
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical solution
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Pill
  • Delayed release capsule
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Eye drops
  • Ear drops
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
TetracyclineDuacErygelBenzamycinDoxycyclineMinocyclineAzithromycinCetraxalAmoxicillin
  • Acne vulgaris
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Pregnancy
  • Age younger than 8 years
    • Kidney disease
    • Taking Acnecycline (Tetracycline) past the expiration date
    • Exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Taking with Acnecycline (Tetracycline) with other medicines that can cause this effect (e.g. Accutane)
    • Kidney disease
    • Large doses of Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
    • Long-term use of Acnecycline (Tetracycline)
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    Pregnancy category
    TetracyclineDuacErygelBenzamycinDoxycyclineMinocyclineAzithromycinCetraxalAmoxicillin
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    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.

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    DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
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    Food
    • It needs to be spaced out from food, milk, vitamins, and some medications.
    • Take your dose at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals, milk, or multivitamins with minerals.
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    • Has to be taken with plenty of water and food and you have to stay upright for 30 minutes afterwards to avoid stomach irritation.
    • Take with plenty of food and liquids.
    No specific food-related info.
    • Can be taken with or without food.
    • Can take with or without food.
    No specific food-related info.
    • Take with food to decrease upsetting your stomach (nausea, vomiting).
    Kidneys and liver
    • Good choice for people on kidney dialysis who need an antibiotic. Tetracycline isn't removed by dialysis, so the dose doesn't need to be changed.
    • Acnecycline (Tetracycline) can lower your kidney function causing buildup of substances that should be removed from the body. There's a higher risk if you have current problems with your kidneys. It's also important that you don't take Acnecycline (Tetracycline) past the expiration date on your prescription label. This was more of a problem with older forms of the medicine, which could change and damage your kidneys.
    • Liver injury can happen rarely with Acnecycline (Tetracycline). There's a higher risk if you have kidney disease. Your doctor should check your liver function before starting you on Acnecycline (Tetracycline).
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    Sex
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    Sleep
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    Weight
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    • Not the best choice if you're pregnant. Benzamycin is categorized as pregnancy Category C (weight risks vs benefits) because of the benzoyl peroxide part.
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    Upsides and benefits
    TetracyclineDuacErygelBenzamycinDoxycyclineMinocyclineAzithromycinCetraxalAmoxicillin
    • Effectively treats a wide range of conditions and is used for many different types of infections.
    • Effective for acne.
    • Cheap.
    • Good choice for people on kidney dialysis who need an antibiotic. Tetracycline isn't removed by dialysis, so the dose doesn't need to be changed.
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    • 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).
    • Benzamycin works better to reduce bacteria in oil glands and improve overall signs and symptoms of acne than either medicine alone.
    • Reduces bacteria on the skin, which "calms" the skin down (lowers the inflammatory response) in acne.
    • Combining an antibiotic with benzoyl peroxide lowers the chances of Benzamycin not working as well over time.
    • Although Benzamycin can irritate the skin, a true skin allergy is rare.
    • Can be used in combination with acne pill medicine if your doctor thinks you need it.
    • Available in generic.
    • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
    • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
    • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
    • 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.
    • Can be taken with or without food.
    • Available in generic.
    • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
    • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
    • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
    • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an effective antibiotic to treat bacteria that typically grow in the ear.
    • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and it's okay even if there's a small amount of liquid left in the vial after giving yourself the dose.
    • Usually only given twice a day.
    • Available in generic.
    • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
    • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
    Downsides and risks
    TetracyclineDuacErygelBenzamycinDoxycyclineMinocyclineAzithromycinCetraxalAmoxicillin
    • For most infections you'll need to take it 4 times a day (or every 6 hours).
    • It needs to be spaced out from food, milk, vitamins, and some medications.
    • Can cause tongue darkening, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
    • Tetracycline makes your skin more sensitive to the sun and ultraviolet light. Wear sunblock and protective clothing, and don't go tanning.
    • Interacts with birth control and makes it less effective. Use a backup form of birth control if you don't want to get pregnant.
    • Not a good choice for children ages 8 and under. Tetracycline can cause permanent staining of teeth in babies and young children.
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    • 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.
    • 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'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
    • There's a risk of irritation with anything you apply to your skin and this is no different. Benzamycin, contains a topical antibiotic and can cause redness, peeling, abnormal dryness or stinging, tightening, or burning sensations.
    • Can cause severe inflammation of the large intestine (pseudomembranous colitis).
    • Not the best choice if you're pregnant. Benzamycin is categorized as pregnancy Category C (weight risks vs benefits) because of the benzoyl peroxide part.
    • Can cause bleaching of hair and clothing.
    • You'll need to stay out of the sun or apply a sunscreen if you go outdoors.
    • 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
    • Can't be used in pregnant women and children under 8 years old.
    • Makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.
    • Has to be taken with plenty of water and food and you have to stay upright for 30 minutes afterwards to avoid stomach irritation.
    • Can make birth control less effective.
    • Can cause diarrhea.
    • 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.
    • Must space out antacids by at least 2 hours.
    • Has to be used with caution in people who've had liver disease.
    • Can't be used in people who've had myasthenia gravis.
    • Must be used with caution in people who are on medications to thin the blood (anticoagulants) because of increased risk of bleeding.
    • Can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
    • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is not available generically, so it may be a bit pricey.
    • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
    • Discontinue use immediately if a rash develops on or in your ear.
    • Suspension must be stored in the fridge.
    • Can make birth control pills and live vaccines less effective.
    • Many bacteria have developed resistance to this antibiotic.
    • Can cause diarrhea.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    TetracyclineDuacErygelBenzamycinDoxycyclineMinocyclineAzithromycinCetraxalAmoxicillin
    • You might feel better after a few doses, but you'll need to take all the medicine that was prescribed. Not taking all your medicine can cause the bacteria to get stronger and Tetracycline not to work when you need it again in the future.
    • It doesn't fight viral infections, so it won't work for the common cold.
    • Can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Use sunblock or cover up.
    • Take your dose at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals, milk, or multivitamins with minerals.
    • Take your dose with a full glass of water and don't lay down right after taking it to prevent throat irritation.
    • Can cause nausea, vomiting, belly cramping, and diarrhea.
    Coming soon.
    • Very commonly used topical antibiotic to treat acne.
    • The only topical erythromycin in a gel formula.
    • Apply a thin film to clean and dry affected skin once or twice a day.
    • It may take 6-8 weeks before you see improvement in your acne.
    • Avoid getting into your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Let your doctor know if you notice abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea after starting this medicine.
    • Using a moisturizer that doesn't block your pores (non-comedogenic) may help lessen common side effects of skin dryness and peeling.
    • Taking good care of your skin is an important part of treating acne. Lightly wash with warm water and non-soap-based or gentle cleanser.
    • Combination medicine you apply to your skin to treat acne.
    • Apply a thin film to clean and dry affected skin twice a day- in the morning and evening.
    • Store in the refrigerator, but don't freeze.
    • The pharmacist mixes the medicine when you pick it up at the drugstore. You'll need to use it within three months of this date or dispose of it properly.
    • Let your doctor know if you notice abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea after starting this medicine.
    • Using a moisturizer that doesn't block your pores (non-comedogenic) may help lessen common side effects of skin dryness and peeling.
    • Taking good care of your skin is an important part of treating acne. Lightly wash with warm water and non-soap-based or gentle cleanser.
    • If you're using birth control pills, this medication can make them less effective.
    • Wear sunblock if you have to go out into the sun since your skin can become more sensitive to sunburn.
    • Space out any vitamins by at least two hours.
    • Take with plenty of food and liquids.
    • Don't take any medications with bismuth (Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate) while taking this medication.
    • Don't lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this medication.
    • Take the medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.
    • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
    • 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.
    • Space out any antacids with magnesium or aluminum by at least 2 hours.
    • Can take with or without food.
    • Take the medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.
    • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
    • Each vial is used for only one dose, so dispose of the container after using it.
    • Warm the dose by holding it in your hand for a minute before using it.
    • Lie on your side with your affected ear upwards. Put a drop in the ear and lie there for a minute or two before getting up.
    • Don't use if you're allergic to or had a reaction to ciprofloxacin or other quinolone-type antibiotics.
    • Stop using [name_ common] if a rash forms in or around the ear.
    • Avoid getting it in your eyes or mouth.
    • Finish all of the medicine your doctor gives you, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early can cause the bacteria to develop resistance, making the medicine ineffective.
    • If you're taking birth control pills, this medication may make them less effective.
    • Take with food to decrease upsetting your stomach (nausea, vomiting).
    • If you're giving the suspension, you can mix it with a cold drink, but make sure to take it right away.
    • Keep the suspension form in the fridge. All other forms should be kept at room temperature.
    • You may have loose stool when taking this medicine, but it should get better soon after finishing the course. If the diarrhea worsens, tell your doctor.
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