Minocycline

Dermatologists advise Minocycline to treat inflammatory acne in adults. It is an antibiotic which efficiently kills the bacteria that cause acne and other skin-related issues such as redness and inflammation. Minocycline comes in the form of Solodyn, a slow-release capsule.
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Minocycline

Dermatologists advise Minocycline to treat inflammatory acne in adults. It is an antibiotic which efficiently kills the bacteria that cause acne and other skin-related issues such as redness and inflammation. Minocycline comes in the form of Solodyn, a slow-release capsule.


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Minocycline is an antibiotic recommended for the treatment of acne and many other bacterial infections. Sometimes doctors prescribe Minocycline in combination with other medicines in severe cases of acne. It stops the growth of bacteria to help clear the infection.

MinoTabs or Minocycline is an antibiotic medicine used to treat bacterial infections in the human body. This is a tetracycline antibioticthat is usually prescribed to treat acne and bacterial skin infections. Minocycline is also an effective treatment for respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, skin infections, and others.

MinoTabs or Minocycline works by stopping the growth and multiplication of bacteria on your skin thereby clearing the acne.

Minocycline is effective against acne-causing bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes. The bacteria feeds on the sebum produced by the sebaceous glands on the skin, then produces waste products and fatty acids that irritate and inflame the sebaceous glands and cause acne (spots). MinoTabs controls the growth of the bacteria to allow the skin to heal.

Minocycline is an effective remedy for acne and helps in treating bacterial infections. Some of the benefits of using Minocycline are –

  • This is an antibiotic medication effective against bacterial infections.
  • It helps in clearing up the spread of acne on your skin.
  • It is an anti-inflammatory medicine that helps in reducing the inflammation of your skin due to acne.
  • Using Minocycline restores the natural smoothness of your skin, making you feel confident in your skin again.

Your doctor will prescribe the right dosage of Minocycline according to the severity of your skin condition. It is important to follow the dosage as prescribed by your doctor.

The usual recommended dosage is Minocycline 50mgto Minocycline 100mg, one or two times a day. As your acne clears up, the dosage needs to be tapered off until the acne has healed completely. Minocycline is usually recommended to be taken on an empty stomach. However, it can also be taken with food. Minocycline gets absorbed into the body even if it is taken with food.

Minocycline is an oral antibiotic. Take it exactly as directed by your doctor. Follow the instructions given on the prescription and read the patient leaflet in the pack before taking the medication. Some useful things to keep in mind are listed below –

Tips for Using Minocycline

  • Take Minocycline with a full glass of water.
  • You can take Minocyclinewith foodor on an empty stomach.
  • Do not crush, chew, or break a slow-release tablet or capsule. Swallow it whole.
  • Take Minocycline for the duration as prescribed to help clear the infection completely. Do not stop taking the medicine mid-course or take it longer than prescribed.
  • If you have been prescribed Minocycline for the long term, you should visit your doctor for regular check-ups.
  • Minocycline may affect the results of some medical tests. Inform your doctor about your dosage of Minocycline if you when starting any other treatment.

What Should I Avoid While Taking Minocycline?

  • Avoid taking laxatives, antacids, multivitamins, or supplements such as calcium, magnesium, or iron at least 2 hours before taking Minocycline.
  • Until you are not sure how Minocycline affects you, avoid driving, or any hazardous activity after taking the medication.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun, when taking Minocycline as it makes you susceptible to sunburn and tanning. Use a sunscreen with 3 SPF or higher.

If you get diarrhea as a result of taking Minocycline, consult your doctor. Avoid self-medicating for diarrhea in this case.

Always educate yourself about the important information about a medicine prescribed to you before taking it. Here are some important facts about Minocycline –

  • Minocycline can make birth control pills less effective. Talk to your doctor about alternative methods of contraception when taking Minocycline.
  • Do not take Minocycline if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Children below the age of 10 years should not take Minocycline.

Do not use an expired pack of Minocycline, this can cause damage to your kidneys.

There are a few possible side effects associated with Minocycline, as listed below. However, just because a Minocycline side effect is mentioned here, doesn’t mean that everyone taking Minocycline is likely to experience the side effect.

Common Side Effects of Minocycline tablets

  • Nausea, dizziness, or vertigo
  • Feeling sick or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

Less Common Side Effects (Observed in long-term use of Minocycline)

  • Skin reactions, such as rash, itchiness, or sensitivity to sunlight
  • Headaches
  • Colitis of inflammation in the bowels
  • Staining or yellowing of teeth
  • Pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas
  • Yeast-related infections such as Thrush
  • Blurred vision accompanied by persistent headache
  • Liver problems
  • Problems with blood cells triggering unexplained bruising, sore throat, or fever.

Minocycline is not an effective acne remedy for everyone. If you are already taking certain medications, you should avoid taking MinoTabs or Minocycline. Discuss your ongoing treatments and medications with your doctor before taking MinoTabs. You should not take MinoTabs if –

  • You are taking birth control pills
  • You are on retinoids, such as isotretinoin
  • You are taking penicillin
  • You are suffering from migraines and are taking ergot medications for it
  • You are regularly taking antacids, laxatives, or multivitamins for aluminium, calcium, magnesium, or iron.

Minocycline interacts with various other drugs. Inform your doctor about any medications you are taking regularly or any on-going treatments that you may be undergoing before taking Minocycline. Here is a list of some of the medicines known to interact with Minocycline –

  1. Contraceptive Pills: Minocycline may make birth control pills less effective. Also, if you get sick or you get diarrhea as a result of Minocycline, it may affect your oral contraception. Consult your doctor about the possible alternative contraceptives you can use when on Minocycline.

  2. Anticoagulants: Taking Minocycline with blood-thinning medicines such as anticoagulants, e.g. warfarin may increase the anti-blood-clotting effects of warfarin. If you are taking anticoagulants, inform your doctor before they prescribe treatment for acne to you.

  3. Other Medicines to Avoid: The following medicines may reduce the effectiveness of Minocycline. Talk to your doctor about drug interactions if you are taking any of the below-listed medicines, before taking MinoTabs.
    • Antacids and laxatives
    • Multivitamin supplements for aluminium, calcium, magnesium, bismuth, or iron
    • Kaolin
    • Zinc salts
    • Retinoid medicines
    • Typhoid medicines

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Store the medication at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and direct sunlight. Keep away from the reach of children.

  1. How Many Mg of Minocycline for Acne?
    Use Minocycline as prescribed by your doctor only. Do not self-medicate. Usually, for a mild case of acne, the prescribed dosage is 50 to 100 mg once or twice a day.

  2. How Long Does It Take For Minocycline To Start Working?
    Oral antibiotics can take up to six to eight weeks to show visible results. If you don’t see results right away be patient and continue to take the medication as prescribed.

  3. Why Can't You Lay Down After Taking Minocycline?
    In some cases, if the patient lies down immediately after taking Minocycline they experience a painful irritation in the oesophagus. Therefore it is advisable not to lie down immediately after taking the medicine.

  4. Does Minocycline Permanently Cure Acne?
    Minocycline is an antibiotic and when taken correctly, it can completely clear up your infection but acne may return and you may need to take a course of Minocycline once again. This medication does not permanently cure the problem of acne.

  5. What Happens If You Eat Dairy With Minocycline?
    Mostly it is okay to eat dairy products with Minocycline. In some cases, the consumption of dairy products with Minocyclinetriggers diarrhoea or sickness.

  6. Can You Drink Alcohol on Minocycline?
    When taking Minocycline for long-term or short-term use, it is recommended that you should avoid drinking alcohol.

  7. Is Minocycline or Doxycycline Better for Acne?
    Minocycline or Doxycycline are similar antibiotic medicines used to treat anti-bacterial infections of the skin. Doxycycline is also known to be an effective treatment for many other bacterial infections in the human body.

  8. How Long Before Minocycline Completely Clears Acne?
    Minocycline usually starts to show effects after six to eight weeks. However, it depends on the severity of your acne infection and the spread of the bacteria. Doctors recommend a course of Minocycline for three months when suffering from acne.

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