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Minocycline contains the main active ingredient called minocycline. Minocycline belongs to the group tetracycline, which is prescribed to treat infections caused by bacteria. Minocycline works by interfering with the ability of the bacteria to produce proteins, which is very essential to the growth and increase of numbers to the bacteria. Minocycline is active against many tetracyclines that are resistant strains of organisms such as staphylococci, streptococci and E. colii.
Minocycline is prescribed for the treatment different infections due to susceptible of Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms, which includes the following infections:
- Bacterial rhinitis;
- Cystid and pustular acne;
- Gonococcal urethritis;
- Infected dermatitis;
- Infected wounds;
- Internal hordeolum associated with susceptible staphylococci, streptococci, escherichia coli, aerobacter strains and haemophilus influenza;
- Lung abscess;
- Nonspecific urethritis;
- Otitis media and externa;
- Skin abscess;
- Suppurative hydradenitis;
Your doctor may prescribe Minocycline for purposes other than those listed in Minocycline guide.
Before taking Minocycline tell your doctor if you have:
- Severe renal insufficiency;
Do not take Minocycline if you are allergic to its active ingredient or any of its inactive ingredients. If you have an allergy to Minocycline, stop taking Minocycline and immediately tell your doctor about it.
Minocycline should not be indicated during pregnancy as it may present harm to the unborn baby. Seek medical advice. The safety of Minocycline for use during pregnancy has not been established.
Minocycline is known to pass in small amounts in the breast milk. Caution should be indicated while taking Minocycline if you are breastfeeding an infant. Talk to your doctor for more information about Minocycline and nursing an infant.
The safety of Minocycline in children has not been established.
Minocycline Intake Guidelines
Try taking each dose of Minocycline at the same time each day for best and most effective results.
Chances or risks of having side effects may be increased if a large amount of Minocycline is prolonged in use.
Take Minocycline at regular interval. Complete the indicated course of Minocycline unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Stopping the course early increases the chance that the infection will come back and that the bacteria will grow resistant to the antibiotic.
Take Minocycline exactly as indicated by you doctor or as directed in the package. If you have any problems understanding it, ask your doctor about it. Your doctor will tell you how many tablets you need to take each day.
Dosage depends on the condition of the patient accordingly:
For treatment of acne vulgaris: 100 mg daily, given as a single dose or 50-mg twice daily
For treatment of Non-gonococcal urethritis: 100 mg daily for 10-14 days.
For treatment of Gonorrhoea: Adult males: 200 mg initially followed by 100 mg every 12 hours for a minimum of 4 days with post-therapy cultures within 2-3 days.
Adult females: 200 mg initially followed by 100 mg for 10-14 days
For treatment of systemic infections: The usual dosage of Minocycline is 100 mg every 12 hours.
For treatment of Prophylaxis of asymptomatic meningococcal carriers: 100 mg bid for five days, usually followed by a course of rifampicin.
Usual pediatric dose: 4 mg/kg followed by 2 mg/kg every 12 hours
Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect any symptoms of an overdose of Minocycline.
There are no reported incidences of a Minocycline overdose.
Minocycline Missed Dose
Take the missed dose of Minocycline as soon as you remember. However, it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose of Minocycline to avoid unwanted adverse side effects.
Minocycline Side Effects
Along with the needed effects, Minocycline also has unwanted adverse effects. Tell your doctor if side effects occur.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects of Minocycline:
- Acute liver failure;
- Anaphylactoid purpura;
- Angioneurotic edema;
- Blurred vision;
- Brown-black microscopic discoloration of thyroid glands;
- Bulging fontanelles;
- Erythema multiforme;
- Esophageal ulceration;
- Exacerbation of systemic lupus erythematosus;
- Exfoliative dermatitis;
- Hemolytic anemia;
- Increase in liver enzymes;
- Inflammatory lesions in the anogenital region;
- Maculopapular and erythematous rashes;
- Nail discoloration;
- Pigmentation of the skin and mucous membranes;
- Pseudotumor cerebri;
- Pulmonary infiltrates with oesinophilia;
- Reversible acute renal failure;
- Rise in plasma urea;
- Stevens-johnson syndrome;
- Tooth discoloration;
All of these side effects may not occur in one time. Side effects other than those listed in Minocycline guide may also occur. Talk to your doctor if side effects that seem unusual or especially bothersome occur.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. Talk to your doctor before using any medicines. Minocycline and some medicines may interfere with each other.
Before taking Minocycline tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- Anticoagulant therapies;
- Iron tablets;
- Oral contraceptive pill;
- Vitamins that contain aluminum, calcium, magnesium or iron;
- Zinc salts;
Minocycline Other Brand Names
In some countries Minocycline may also be known as:
- Minac 50;