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Minocycline for acne – an update
  • Relevant BNF section: 5.1.3, 13.6.2


Minocycline is an oral tetracycline that, unlike some other drugs in its class, is a once-daily treatment and need not be taken on an empty stomach.1 Such potential advantages together with preferential use in secondary care helped to establish minocycline as the oral tetracycline of choice for acne.2,3 However, concerns over the safety of minocycline and the lack of therapeutic advantage over other tetracyclines have challenged this view.1,4,5 Here we consider how trends in prescribing of minocycline have changed in the UK in recent years.

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  • Relevant BNF section: 5.1.3, 13.6.2

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