Minocin is a tetracycline antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body. It is most commonly used to treat certain types of skin infections, urinary tract infections, gallbladder infections, and respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and sinusitis.
Take Minocin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take this medicine with a full glass of water. Take Minocin on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. The usual recommended adult dose is 100 mg or 200 mg for the first dose, followed by 100 mg every 12 hours.
Before using Minocin tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, asthma, sulfite allergy, if you are using a penicillin antibiotics (ampicillin, oxacillin, dicloxacillin). Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop taking minocycline. This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to minocycline or to other tetracycline antibiotics, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Minocin is not recommended for children under 13 years of age.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have hives, stomach cramps, pale or yellowed skin, loss of appetite, confusion, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, swelling, muscle aches, fever, chest pain, vision problems. Less serious side effects may include: vaginal itching, dizziness, upset stomach, muscle pain, mild diarrhea.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially: antibiotics, acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, celecoxib, diclofenac), heart or blood pressure medicine (enalapril, ramipril, lisinopril), methotrexate, isotretinoin, methylergonovine, ergotamine, cholesterol medications (lovastatin, simvastatin, atorvastatin), blood thinner (warfarin).
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Store it in a tight container.
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