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Minocycline is an antibiotic that is commonly used in the treatment of acne, often for extended periods of time. Within 6 to 8 weeks of therapy, there is usually a decrease in the number of acne lesions. After the acne has been brought under control, the dose of minocycline will be gradually reduced. It is best to stay at a particular dosage level for 4 to 6 weeks for there is a lag period of 2 to 3 weeks between a change in dosage and its effect on your skin.

At bedtime it is important to swallow the minocycline with a full glass (8 ounces) of water and to wait 5 to 10 minutes before lying down. This avoids irritation of the esophagus (heartburn).

The MORE COMMON side effects are:

  • Dizziness with high doses; resolves when dose is lowered
  • Upset stomach
  • Yellow discoloration of the teeth in unborn children and children less than 12 years of age; DO NOT use the medication during pregnancy

The LESS COMMON side effects are:

  • Yeast infections; over the counter creams and suppositories are available
  • Blue/gray discoloration in scars
  • Blue or gray spots, especially on the legs
  • Darkening of sun-exposed skin
  • Development of a rash or hives

The VARY RARE side effects are:

  • Inflammation of the liver and lungs
  • Lupus-like syndrome
  • Severe headaches

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Petaluma Office
165 Lynch Creek Way
Petaluma, CA 94954
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500 Alfred Nobel Dr., Ste. 245
Hercules, CA 94547
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Fax: (510) 741-7456


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At Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area, our board-certified dermatologists serve patients at our Petaluma and Hercules offices. We are committed to the highest standards, and we offer a full range of cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology procedures, as well as quality skin care products.

Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area
165 Lynch Creek Way | Petaluma, California 94954 | Phone: (707) 762-5531 | Fax: (707) 762-5976
500 Alfred Nobel Drive, Suite 245 | Hercules, California 94547 | Phone: (510) 741-7418 | Fax: (510) 741-7456