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I was given MINOCYCLINE 100mg 4 months ago.

I took 100mg twice a day for 2 months.

For the next 2 months, I cut it to once per day. My acne did not get worse from cutting from 2 pills to 1 pill, in fact, it got better for some reason.

I have completed month number four of this stuff and I am clear.

The dermatologist is now saying that I must take one MINOCYCLINE 50mg per day for about 6-8 weeks and throw away any 100mg left.

Then from MINO 50mg, we will reduce it to 25mg or Tetracycline (much lower MINO form) for another 6-8 weeks.


He said the KEY is not to stop immediately or else you will get an acne flare.

The pills must gradually be reduced from:

100mg 2 per day,
to once per day,
to 50mg,
then 25mg or Tetracycline.

It seems to make sense. But I am VERY SCARED to make the transition from 100mg to 50mg. Should'nt I go from 100mg to 75mg?

What are your thoughts on how to slowly reduce the MINO so you are at the point where you STOP. Been on it for 4 months, and it is time to start the slow reduction phase.


By the way, my topical treatments include:

Benzamycin 5% Antibiotic Benzoyl Peroxide Gel
Benzoyl Peroxide 5% Facial Wash
Salicylic 2% / Glycolic 5% Topical Pads
Salicylic 2% Astringent Toner
It sounds like you have great control of your skin right now and as far as cutting down, It would be a cut in 1/2 like you did going from 200 per day to 100 per day. But I don't get ther whole antibiotic theory. If it helps and kills off the bacteria causing the acne, then when a person is off it completely, doesn't it come back?? I don't mean to imply that yours will, just a general question. I tried Minocycline 5 years ago for about 3 months 200 mg per day and it did nothing at all for my acne. I hope you don't have any problems cutting down . If you keep everything else the same and cut in half to 50mg per day for 2 months I would think your body would adjust to the new dose. Good luck. I'm glad your clear.

L :)

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