Minocin MR

Minocin is an oral active acne tablet that treats and reverses various symptoms of acne. Each capsule contains 100mg of a tetracycline antibiotic called Minocycline. Remember to drink plenty of fluids along with the medication to avoid irritation in the oesophagus.
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Minocin MR

Minocin is an oral active acne tablet that treats and reverses various symptoms of acne. Each capsule contains 100mg of a tetracycline antibiotic called Minocycline. Remember to drink plenty of fluids along with the medication to avoid irritation in the oesophagus.


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Minocin MR Capsules are an antibiotic medication recommended for the treatment of acne in adults. Minocin belongs to the group of antibiotics termed tetracycline antibiotics. This medication inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria and clears the infection. MR refers to ‘modified-release’ which means that the active ingredient in the medicine is released slowly to maximize the antibiotic effect.

Minocin is used for the treatment of acne and other bacterial infections in the human body such as urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, skin infections, gonorrhea, etc. Most commonly Minocin MR Capsules are prescribed for the treatment of acne. 

When the sebaceous glands in your skin produce excess sebum. Acne-causing bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes begin to feed on the excess sebum. This can irritate and inflame the sebaceous glands to result in acne.Minocin MR Capsules contain the active ingredient minocycline. This is a tetracycline antibiotic that stops the production of the protein needed by acne-causing bacteria to survive. This helps the body’s natural defense mechanism in eliminating the bacteria and healing the sebaceous glands to clear up the infection.

Minocin MR is an effective medication for the treatment of acne in adults. The benefits of using Minocin MR are –

  1. Minocin MR is a prescription-only medication that is recommended in cases wherein over-the-counter remedies for acne have proven ineffective.
  2. Minocin MR eliminates the acne-causing bacteria in your skin thus treating the root cause of your acne infection.
  3. Minocin MR Capsules are an easy-to-use oral medication that is convenient for everyone to take.
  4. This medication restores the natural smoothness and good health of your skin.
  5. Curing acne helps in restoring your confidence in the appearance of your skin.

Minocin MR is a prescription medication that should only be taken as per the dosage recommended by your doctor. The dosage may vary according to the bacterial infection being treated or according to the severity of your acne. Usually, for the treatment of acne, Minocin MR Capsules are prescribed to be taken as one capsule per day. Each capsule of Minocin MR has 100mg of minocycline.

Take Minocin MR Capsules as directed by your doctor. Following the instructions given by your doctor will help treat your infection in the best way. Also, make sure to read the patient information leaflet given in the pack. Minocin MR Capsules are a prescription medication and it is important to complete the course as prescribed for effective treatment. Here is the usual way in which Minocin MR Capsules should be taken – 

  • Swallow one capsule of Minocin MR, whole with a full glass of water.
  • Do not suck, chew or try to swallow the capsules without water.
  • Take the medication while sitting or standing up to avoid any irritation to the oesophagus.
  • You can take Minocin MR Capsules before or after food.
  • Take the capsules as per the prescribed dose and not more than that.
  • Do not take the Minocin MR Capsules out of the pack unless it’s time to take them.
  • The packaging is designed to protect the capsules from atmospheric moisture that can reduce their effectiveness.

Minocin MR Capsules may affect different people differently and hence, you should be careful to avoid the following while taking Minocin –

  • Avoid taking the Minocin MR Capsules while lying down and do not lie down immediately after taking these capsules. This can irritate the oesophagus.
  • Avoid taking any medicines for digestion such as antacids or laxatives at least two hours before or after taking Minocin MR Capsules.
  • Avoid driving or engaging in any hazardous activity until you are sure about the effect Minocin has on you. It may cause dizziness or impaired reactions for some people.
  • All antibiotic medicines may cause diarrhea. If you experience diarrhea or vomiting after taking Minocin MR, you may have another infection. Consult your doctor and avoid self-medication.

Avoid going outdoors in direct sunlight or tanning beds, when taking Minocin MR. This medication makes your skin susceptible to sunburn. Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and wear protective clothing when going outdoors

There are some important facts that patients should know before taking Minocin MR Capsules. Always check the important information about a medication prescribed to you before you take it. You could find this by discussing with your doctor and also in the patient information leaflet available in the pack –

  1. Antibiotics such as Minocin MR Capsules may give you diarrhea. This is possible even after you have been taking the medication for a long time. If you get watery or bloody diarrhea with or without stomach cramps as a result of taking Minocin MR Capsules, consult your doctor immediately.

  2. Minocin MR Capsules tend to increase the photosensitivity of your skin. Protect your skin from ultraviolet rays from direct sunlight and avoid going to tanning beds. You could get a reaction of skin erythema or a sunburn. In such a case, the medicine should be discontinued immediately and you should seek medical attention.

  3. Using Minocin MR Capsules may make oral contraceptives such as the pill less effective. Consult your doctor about the best contraception method when taking Minocin MR Capsules.

Like all medicines, there are some side effects reported due to Minocin MR Capsules. Just because a side effect is mentioned here, does not mean that every person taking this medication will experience these side effects. Some of the common side effects of Minocin include –

  • Dizziness, headache, and light-headedness
  • Stomach upset, diarrhoea, sickness, loss of appetite, or sore mouth
  • Hearing problems such as tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • Increased sensitivity to sunlight, itching of skin, redness, blistering, or scaling of the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Cough and in rare cases, bronchospasm
  • Allergic reactions
  • Vertigo
  • Blood disorders

Minocin MR Capsules and Minocycline are the same medicine. Minocin MR is the brand name, while Minocycline is the generic name of the medicine. Both these medicines have the same effect, dosage, administration, side effects, method of treatment, and strength as each other.

Avoid taking Minocin Capsules in the following conditions –

  • You are allergic to minocycline or any other ingredients of Minocin MR Capsules.
  • You are pregnant or are trying for a baby.
  • If you have kidney or liver disease
  • You have lupus or myasthenia gravis

Talk to your doctor about any medications that you are currently taking to ensure that you can safely take Minocin Capsules together with your current medication. Here is a list of the medicines that interact with Minocin and are not recommended to be taken together with Minocin –

  • Isotretinoin
  • Penicillin based antibiotics such as amoxicillin, ampicillin, dicloxacillin, oxacillin, penicillin, ticarcillin, Amoxil, Moxatag, Augmentin, Principen, etc.
  • Blood thinner medications such as Warfarin, Coumadin or Jantoven
  • Diuretics
  • Ergot medicine such as ergotamine or ergonovine
  • Ulcer medicines
  • Antacids and laxatives
  • Multi-vitamins or supplements for calcium, aluminum, magnesium, iron, or zinc.

You can buy Minocin MR Capsules online on Meds Now. As this is a prescription medication, consult our doctor online, or get a prescription from an independent prescriber pharmacist before placing your order. The medication is conveniently delivered to your doorstep.

Store Minocinin a cool place with a temperature below 25 degrees C. Always store the medicine in the original container. Keep the medicine out of sight and out of reach of children. When expired, do not dispose of it in the trash, instead, talk to your local pharmacist for safely disposing of the medicine.

  1. Does MinocinClear The Skin Quickly?
    No. It takes many weeks for your skin to be completely clear of acne. As acne responds slowly to oral antibiotic medication, it may take up to three weeks before you notice any improvement in your skin condition.

  2. Can Minocin Affect Your Teeth?
    Yes. Minocin can cause permanent staining, yellowing, or graying in teeth for children below the age of 12 years. It can also adversely affect the bone and tooth development for newborn children being breastfed by a mother taking Minocin or if Minocin is taken by a pregnant woman.

  3. What Happens If I Miss A Dose?
    If you miss a dose of Minocin, take it as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for your next dose. In this case, skip the missed dose and continue taking the medication as usual. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

  4. What Happens If I Overdose?
    If you or someone else has taken an overdose of Minocin MR Capsules, then seek medical help immediately. Do this even if you are not experiencing any discomfort. 

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