Proper Use

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For patients using the cream form or topical liquid form of this medicine for acne:

  • The cream or topical liquid form of this medicine will not cure your acne. However, to help keep your acne under control, keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if your symptoms begin to clear up after a few days. You may have to continue using this medicine every day for months or even longer in some cases. If you stop using this medicine too soon, your symptoms may return. It is important that you do not miss any doses.

For patients using the cream form of this medicine for acne:

  • Do not get this medicine on your clothing since it may stain.
  • Before applying this medicine, thoroughly wash the affected area with warm water and soap, rinse well, and pat dry.
  • To use:
    • Apply a thin film of medicine, using enough to cover the affected area lightly. You should apply the medicine to the whole area usually affected by acne, not just to the pimples themselves. This will help keep new pimples from breaking out.
    • Do not get this medicine in the eyes, nose, mouth, or on other mucous membranes. Spread the medicine away from these areas when applying.

For patients using the topical liquid form of this medicine for acne:

  • Do not get this medicine on your clothing since it may stain.
  • This medicine usually comes with patient instructions. Read these instructions carefully before using this medicine.
  • The liquid form contains alcohol and is flammable. Do not use near heat, near open flame, or while smoking.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the label. The medicine may not work properly. Check with your pharmacist if you have any questions about this.
  • The presence of the floating plastic plug in the liquid means that the medicine has been mixed properly. Do not remove the plastic plug.
  • It is important that you do not use this medicine more often than your doctor ordered. It may cause your skin to become too dry or irritated.
  • Before applying this medicine, thoroughly wash the affected area with warm water and soap, rinse well, and pat dry. After washing or shaving, it is best to wait 30 minutes before applying this medicine. The alcohol in it may irritate freshly washed or shaved skin.
  • You should avoid washing the acne-affected areas too often. This may dry your skin and make your acne worse. Washing with a mild, bland soap 2 or 3 times a day should be enough, unless you have oily skin. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.
  • To use:
    • This medicine comes in a bottle with an applicator tip that may be used to apply the medicine directly to the skin. Use the applicator with a dabbing motion instead of a rolling motion (not like a roll-on deodorant, for example). Tilt the bottle and press the tip firmly against your skin. If needed, you can make the medicine flow faster from the applicator tip by slightly increasing the pressure against the skin. If the medicine flows too fast, use less pressure.
    • Apply a generous amount of medicine, using enough so that the skin feels wet all over. After applying the medicine with the applicator, use your fingertips to spread the medicine around evenly and rub it into your skin. A second coat may be needed to completely cover the affected areas. Be sure to wash the medicine off your hands afterward.
    • You should apply the medicine to the whole area usually affected by acne, not just to the pimples themselves. This will help keep new pimples from breaking out.
    • Since this medicine contains alcohol, it will sting or burn. Therefore, do not get this medicine in the eyes, nose, mouth, or on other mucous membranes. Spread the medicine away from these areas when applying. If this medicine does get in the eyes, wash them out immediately, but carefully, with large amounts of cool tap water. If your eyes still burn or are painful, check with your doctor.
  • The bottle contains about an 8-week supply of medicine if used only on the face and neck or about a 4-week supply if used on the face and neck plus other affected areas.

For patients using the topical ointment form of this medicine:

  • To help clear up your infection completely, keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if your symptoms begin to clear up after a few days. If you stop using this medicine too soon, your symptoms may return. Do not miss any doses.
  • Do not get this medicine on your clothing since it may stain.
  • If you are using this medicine without a prescription, do not use it to treat deep wounds, puncture wounds, or serious burns without first checking with your health care professional.
  • Do not get this medicine in the eyes.
  • Before applying this medicine, thoroughly wash the affected area with warm water and soap, rinse well, and dry completely.
  • After applying this medicine, you may cover the treated area with a gauze dressing if you wish.

Dosing

The dose medicines in this class will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of these medicines. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

For chlortetracycline

  • For topical dosage form (ointment):
    • For skin infections:
      • Adults and children—Use one or two times a day.

For meclocycline

  • For topical dosage form (cream):
    • For acne:
      • Adults and children—Use two times a day, morning and evening.

For tetracycline

  • For topical dosage form (ointment):
    • For skin infections:
      • Adults and children—Use one or two times a day.
  • For topical dosage form (solution):
    • For acne:
      • Adults and children over 11 years of age—Use two times a day, morning and evening.
      • Infants and children up to 11 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by the doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.