Is Taking Minocin For Acne Safe?
For Men Only - Dermatologists routinely prescribe minocin for acne, and that fact alone should attest to the safety as well as the effectiveness of the medication. It should be noted however that the prescribing minocin for acne is generally done for men only, as although the side effects are somewhat rare, women are at a far greater risk of experiencing them, and the side effects can sometimes be quite severe. While men seldom suffer from any severe side effects from taking minocin, over half of the women taking the medication are apt to experience side effects, at least from a statistical basis.
What Minocin Is - Minocin is a member of the tetracycline group of medications and is somewhat of an all-purpose bacteria fighter, used to treat anthrax, cholera, Lyme disease, periodontal disease, respiratory infections, rheumatoid arthritis, and a number of other ailments. Minocin, actually the marketing name for minocycline, has the chemical composition C23H27N307. Dosages must be followed precisely, especially since an excess of the drug can cause liver problems. It has a fairly long half life, meaning that a single pill a day will have the same effectiveness as four tetracycline pills taken over the same time period. Minocin has a definite shelf life, and like other members of the tetracycline family, can become unsafe if taken after the expiration date has come and gone.
Looking at some of the reviews written by those who have taken minocin for acne might convince one to stay at an arm's length from this medication. Some report excellent results, a few say the medication did not result in much improvement, and quite a few reported very severe side effects. Taking into account that those who really suffered from taking minocin would be much more apt to write a review about it than would any one who had moderate success, or suffered only mild side effects or none at all, the reviews, though they should not only be taken with the proverbial grain of salt, do not always tell the complete story. If a fair percentage suffered from severe side effects, few doctors or dermatologists would prescribe minocin.
In any event, when minocin has been prescribed, the doctor will no doubt want the patient to note and report any side effects experienced, and stop taking the medication should the side effects become severe or in any way intolerable.
Acne, A Complicated Disease - Acne is not completely understood as far as its cause or causes are concerned. One of the causes is excessive sebum production. Accumulating dead cells and lipids collecting in follicles is also a contributing factor. Bacteria that are produced trigger an immune system response, resulting in inflammation. Infection within or surrounding the follicle can occur. These factors don't necessarily follow one another in a straight line pattern, but acne instead results from more of an interplay of these different factors, and affects different individuals differently. That is one reason why a medication which works for one person may not work nearly as well, or may not work at all, for another.
Bottom Line – Generally Safe And Effective - The degree to which taking minocin for acne will resolve the problem therefore can differ from person to person, and who will or who will not suffer any side effects is usually never predictable. There are those who claim to have few or any allergies, who nevertheless experience an allergic reaction to minocin. In general though, minocin is for the most part considered a safe (when taken as prescribed) and effective medication for acne. It never hurts of course to be aware of any potential side effects which might accompany a medication, and certainly let your doctor know if you have problems with the medication, or even if you simply have concerns about the medication.