What is Solodyn?
Solodyn (minocycline) is a bacteriostatic antimicrobial agent. It is a semi-synthetic derivative of tetracycline.
What is Solodyn used for?
Solodyn is used in the treatment of non-modular inflammatory lesions (pimples and red bumps) which are characteristics of moderate to severe acne in patients above 12 years of age.
How does Solodyn work?
Solodyn belongs to the class of antibiotics called tricyclines. These antibiotics inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria and thus help in the treatment and prevention of moderate to severe acne vulgaris.
How to use Solodyn
Solodyn should be used in the manner prescribed by a doctor. You should not take the drug for longer time or in larger amount than prescribed.
Solodyn is usually taken orally once a day with a glass full of water for 12 weeks. However your dosage will be determined by your doctor and it will depend on your weight, medical condition and response to treatment. The extended-release capsules should be swallowed whole and not opened, crushed or chewed.
The drug should preferably be taken at the same time every day in order to maintain a constant level of antibiotic in the body. This facilitates the action of the drug.
Care should be taken to complete the full course of Solodyn. The medication should not be stopped suddenly even if your condition improves within a few days. Doing so may allow the bacteria to resume their growth thus resulting into a relapse of the infection. The medication needs to be gradually decreased as per directions from your doctor.
Do not increase or stop your dose unless otherwise directed by your doctor. However, if your condition does not improve at all or becomes worse consult your doctor immediately.
Solodyn warnings and precautions
Solodyn is not administered to patients who are allergic to minocycline.
This drug is not recommended for children below 8 years of age. It can affect a child’s growth.
Solodyn may cause permanent graying or yellowing of teeth. It may also increase your skin sensitivity to sunlight and UV rays, making you more susceptible to sunburns. Avoid procedures such as tanning and use a sunscreen with minimum SPF 15 whenever you step out in to the Sun.
Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within an hour before or after taking Solodyn. These drugs can make absorption of antibiotics into the body difficult.
The drug may alter the results of certain medical tests. It may also reduce the efficacy of certain birth control pills. So, you should take more reliable precautions to avoid pregnancy during treatment.
Solodyn may have harmful effects on a fetus. It can also pass through breast milk and could affect bone and tooth development in nursing babies. Therefore, pregnant and lactating women are advised to discuss the possible risks and benefits of taking the drug with their doctors. Also, inform your doctor before planning a pregnancy while taking this drug.
What do I do if I have missed a Solodyn dose?
If you have missed a Solodyn dose, take it as soon as you remember. If, however, it is almost time for the next dose, the missed dose can be skipped. Do not take a double dose.
What do I do if I have taken a Solodyn overdose?
If you have taken an overdose of Solodyn, seek medical attention immediately.
Some drugs which may have serious interactions with Solodyn are: oral acitretin, isotretinoin, tretinoin. Penicillin, live bacteria vaccines, digoxin, warfarins, cholesterol-reducing medicines, antacids, mineral and vitamin supplements also interact with this drug.
Other drugs may also interact with Solodyn. Hence it is necessary to inform your doctor about all the prescription/non prescription drugs/herbal medicines that you are taking, before using Solodyn.
You should not start taking any new medicine, without consulting your doctor.
Solodyn side effects
Side effects from Solodyn include allergic reactions such as swelling of tongue, face, throat, hives, redness of skin etc. as well as some serious symptoms such as decreased urination, jaundice, severe pain in upper stomach spreading to back, symptoms of flu, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fast heart rate, bruising, bleeding, or unusual weakness.
White patches or sores inside mouth or on lips, mild nausea, diarrhea, stomach upset, sores or swelling in rectal or genital area, vaginal itching or discharge are some less serious side effects of Solodyn.