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Minocin (generically known as minocycline) is an antibiotic medication used to treat bacterial infections such as respiratory tract infections, skin infections, and acne. Minocycline belongs to a class of antibiotics known as tetracyclines,
Minocycline works by stopping the growth of bacteria, which helps to reduce infection. Specifically, it prevents the bacteria from synthesizing proteins, which is necessary for their growth and survival. By blocking this process, the bacteria are unable to multiply and spread, allowing the immune system to fight off the infection.
Uses and Dosage
Minocycline comes in capsule form and should be taken orally as directed by your doctor, typically every 12 hours. Swallow the capsules whole; do not split, chew, or crush them. Take minocycline on an empty stomach with a full glass of water unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. If taking minocycline results in stomach discomfort, taking it with food or milk may help, but note that it may reduce the effectiveness of the medication. Do not take minocycline immediately before bedtime and wait at least 10 minutes before lying down after taking it.
To ensure proper absorption of the medication, avoid taking it with any products that contain aluminum, calcium, iron, magnesium, or zinc for at least 2 to 3 hours before or after taking minocycline. These products may bind with minocycline and prevent it from being fully absorbed by your body.
The recommended dosing for Minocycline can vary depending on the type of infection and the individual's medical condition. However,
- Typical dosing for adults is to take 200 mg orally initially, followed by 100 mg orally every 12 hours. Alternatively, adults may take 50 mg orally 4 times a day.
- Children over 8 years old should take 4 mg/kg (up to a maximum of 200 mg) orally initially, followed by 2 mg/kg (up to a maximum of 100 mg) orally every 12 hours.
To achieve optimal results, take the capsules at the same times every day, and continue taking it until you have finished the full prescribed amount, even if symptoms have subsided after a few days. If you stop taking the medication early, the infection may return.
Common Side Effects of Minocin (Minocycline):
- Changes in mood
- General discomfort
- Tired feeling
Serious Side Effects of Minocin (Minocycline):
- Black, tarry stools
- Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
- Blood in the urine or stools
- Blurred or double vision
- Bulging soft spot on the head of an infant
- Chest pain, possibly moving to the left arm, neck, or shoulder
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Dry mouth
- Eye pain
- Fast heartbeat
- General feeling of discomfort or illness
- General tiredness and weakness
- Hives, itching, or skin rash
- Joint or muscle pain
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Red skin lesions, often with a purple center
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Severe headache
- Severe stomach pain
- Sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
- Spinning sensation
- Troubled breathing
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Upper right abdominal or stomach pain
- Yellow eyes and skin
Form and Strength
Minocin (Minocycline) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 50 mg
- 100 mg
- Do not take Minocin if you are allergic to minocycline, tetracycline antibiotics, or any of the other ingredients in Minocin.
- Long-term use of Minocin can lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can be difficult to treat.
- Minocin can also cause more serious side effects, such as liver damage and autoimmune disorders. If you experience symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, muscle weakness, or a rash, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
- Minocin can cause gastrointestinal side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
- Minocin can make you more sensitive to sunlight, so avoid prolonged sun exposure and use sun protection (such as sunscreen and protective clothing).
- Minocin may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or blurred vision in some people. Be careful when driving or operating machinery until you know how the medication affects you.
- Minocin may interact with certain medications, including blood thinners, penicillin antibiotics, and antacids that contain aluminum, magnesium, or calcium. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medications you are taking.
- Minocin should not be taken during pregnancy, as it can harm the developing fetus. It should also not be taken by nursing mothers, as it can be passed on to the nursing baby.
- Minocin should not be used by children under the age of 8, as it can cause permanent yellowing or graying of the teeth in developing children.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take minocycline (Minocin) to work?
When using minocycline (Minocin) to treat an infection, most people will start to feel better after 2 days. Some types of infection need more than just a few days of medication, so you might not feel the effects quite as quickly.
Can Minocycline be used to treat viral infections?
No, Minocycline is only effective against bacterial infections and is not effective against viral infections. It should only be used to treat bacterial infections as prescribed by a healthcare provider.
How long does Minocycline take to work for acne?
It can take several weeks to see noticeable improvement in acne symptoms while taking Minocycline. The duration of treatment will vary depending on the severity of the acne and the individual's response to the medication.
It's important to purchase Minocin from verified Canadian pharmacy.