Compare Minocycline vs. Clindesse

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Solodyn (Minocycline)

Prescription only

Clindesse (clindamycin)

Prescription only
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.

4.0/ 5 average rating with 17 reviewsforMinocycline
Treats bacterial vaginal infections with a single dose.

Clindesse (clindamycin) treats vaginal infections and is very easy to use.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Very easy to use and works within a few days.
  • Generic available, so cost is lower.
  • Doesn't have many side effects.
  • You can stand up and walk around right after you use it, so you can use it at any time of day.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Can cause yeast infections in some women.
  • After using Clindesse (clindamycin), must avoid sex and using tampons for 7 days.
  • Can very rarely cause severe diarrhea.
  • Cannot be used if you have bowel diseases like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
  • Cream
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Reviews
17 reviews so far
53%
saidit'sworth it
59%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Solodyn (Minocycline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
5possible side effects
  • Yeast infection
    14%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Back pain
    5%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Bladder infection
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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
  • Rash
  • Sunburn
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
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  • Allergy alert
    • Known allergy to clindamycin
    • Known allergy to lincosamides
  • Severe diarrhea
    • History of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea
    • Crohn's disease
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Regional enteritis
  • Weakened condoms and vaginal diaphragms
  • Safety in girls who haven't started puberty
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