Generic Name: Minocycline

  • What is Minocin?

    Minocin is a tetracycline-class antibiotic used to treat infections of the skin, respiratory tract, urinary tract, as well as some sexually transmitted diseases and other conditions. Minocin may be used along with other treatments for severe acne.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Minocin?

    Minocin only works against bacteria; it does not work against viruses like the common cold or flu.

    Minocin may lead to permanent discoloration of the teeth if it is taken during early tooth development. Minocin should not be given to children <8 years of age.

    Do not take Minocin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

    Minocin may cause lightheadedness, dizziness, and a spinning feeling (vertigo). Do not drive or operate machines if you have these symptoms.

    Minocin may cause sun sensitivity (photosensitivity), which could lead to sunburns. Avoid sun exposure and the use of sunlamps or tanning beds, and use proper sun protection. Stop Minocin and call your doctor if your skin turns red.

    Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, take the entire course of Minocin. Do not stop taking Minocin even if you feel better or the signs/symptoms of your infection are clearing. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may decrease the effectiveness of the treatment and increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by Minocin or other antibacterial drugs in the future.

    Diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibiotics and usually ends when the antibiotic is discontinued. Sometimes after starting treatment with antibiotics, people can develop watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever) even as late as 2 or more months after having taken the last dose of the antibiotic. If this occurs, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Who should not take Minocin?

    Do not take Minocin if you are allergic to minocycline or other similar antibiotics.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Minocin?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Minocin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver disease, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual starting dose is 200 milligrams (mg), followed by 100 mg every 12 hours. The dose and the length of time you take the drug can vary according to your condition and the specific infection.

    Children >8 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child.

  • How should I take Minocin?

    Take Minocin with a full glass of liquid to reduce the chance of irritation or ulcers in your esophagus (tube that connects your mouth and stomach).

    Minocin capsules may be taken with or without food.

    Take Minocin exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Do not skip doses; it is important to finish the whole course of therapy.

  • What should I avoid while taking Minocin?

    Avoid becoming pregnant or breastfeeding while taking Minocin.

    Avoid antacids that contain aluminum, calcium, or magnesium or iron-containing products.

    Avoid unprotected and excessive exposure to sunlight.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Minocin?

    If Minocin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Minocin with the following: antacids that contain aluminum, calcium, or magnesium; birth control pills; blood thinners; iron-containing products; isotretinoin; methoxyflurane; and penicillin antibiotics.

  • What are the possible side effects of Minocin?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, cough, joint pain, muscle pain, dizziness, tiredness, ringing in the ears, decreased hearing

  • Can I receive Minocin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Minocin should not be taken if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding. Minocin may cause harm to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Minocin?

    If you miss a dose of Minocin, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip it and resume your scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Minocin?

    Store at room temperature, away from excessive heat, light, and moisture.

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