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Pronounced: MIN-o-sin
Generic name: Minocycline hydrochloride
Other brand name: Dynacin

Why is this drug prescribed: Minocin is a form of the antibiotic tetracycline. It is given to help treat many different kinds of infection, including: Acne Amebic dysentery Anthrax Cholera Gonorrhea (when penicillin cannot be given) Plague Respiratory infections such as pneumonia Rocky Mountain spotted fever Syphilis (when penicillin cannot be given) Urinary tract infections caused by certain microbes

Most important fact about this drug: To help clear up your infection completely, keep taking Minocin for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. Minocin, like other antibiotics, works best when there is a constant amount in the body. To help keep the level constant, take the doses at evenly spaced times around the clock.

How should you take this medication: You may take Minocin with or without food. Take Minocin exactly as directed. Your doctor will prescribe it for a specific number of days according to the type of infection being treated; keep taking the medication until you have used it all up. To reduce the risk of throat irritation, take the capsule and tablet forms of Minocin with plenty of fluids. Swallow the pellet-filled capsules whole. You should avoid use of antacids that contain aluminum, calcium, or magnesium, such as Maalox and Mylanta, and iron preparations such as Feosol. If you must take these medicines, take them 2 to 3 hours before or after taking Minocin. --If you miss a dose... Take it as soon as you remember, then space out evenly any remaining doses for that day. Never take 2 doses at the same time. --Storage instructions... Store capsules and liquid at room temperature. Keep capsules away from moist places and direct light. Do not freeze the liquid.

What side effects may occur: Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Minocin. Side effects may include: Blisters, blood disorders, bruising, bulging of soft spots on infants' heads, colitis, cough, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, discolored nails or teeth, discolored skin or body fluids, dizziness, drowsiness, fever, hair loss, headache, heart inflammation, hives, indigestion, inflamed esophagus, inflamed mouth or tongue, inflamed penis, itching, hearing loss, hives, joint pain, joint stiffness or swelling, kidney disorders, liver disorders, loss of appetite, loss of feeling, muscle pain, nausea, oral or anal sores with fungus infection, pancreatitis, peeling skin, poor tooth enamel, rash, ringing in the ears, seizures, sensitivity to light, severe allergic reactions, shortness of breath, swollen mouth and throat, thyroid disorders, tingling, vaginal inflammation, vertigo, vomiting, wheezing

Why should this drug not be prescribed: Do not take Minocin if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it or to any other tetracycline antibiotic. Although Minocin may be given to kill meningococcal (spinal) bacteria in people who are carriers, it should not be given to treat actual meningococcal meningitis (inflammation in the spinal canal). Minocin is not a first-choice drug for treating any staphylococcal ("staph") infection.

Special warnings about this medication: If you have a kidney problem, a normal dose of Minocin may amount to an overdose for you and could cause liver damage. Use caution if you have a liver condition. Expect a lower-than-average dosage if you have a kidney problem. If you need to take Minocin for an extended period of time, your doctor may order frequent blood tests to make sure you are not getting too much of the drug. Because Minocin may make you dizzy or light-headed or cause a whirling feeling, do not drive, climb, or perform hazardous tasks until you know how the medication affects you. Minocin should not be given to children 8 years old or younger, since it may cause discoloration of the teeth. Occasionally, Minocin has also caused tooth discoloration in adults. Like other tetracycline antibiotics, Minocin may cause a sensitivity to light, and you may sunburn very easily. Be careful in sun and under sunlamps. If your skin turns red and hot, stop taking Minocin immediately. While taking Minocin you may be especially susceptible to infections, including fungus infections such as vaginal yeast infection. If you do get an infection, check with your doctor immediately. If you get a headache and blurry vision while taking Minocin, or if an infant receiving Minocin develops bulging of the "soft spots" (fontanels) on the head, this could mean that the drug is causing a buildup of fluid within the skull. It is important to stop taking Minocin and see a doctor immediately. Minocin liquid contains a sulfite that can cause severe allergic reactions in susceptible people.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication: If Minocin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Minocin with the following: Antacids containing aluminum, calcium, or magnesium, such as Mylanta Blood thinners such as Coumadin Iron-containing preparations such as Feosol Isotretinoin (Accutane) Oral contraceptives Penicillin (Pen-Vee K)

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. If you take Minocin during the second half of pregnancy, it may cause permanent yellow, gray, or brown discoloration of your baby's teeth. There is reason to believe that taking Minocin during pregnancy could also harm the baby in other ways. Therefore, Minocin should be taken during pregnancy only as a last resort. Because Minocin appears in breast milk and could harm the baby, it should not be taken by a woman who is breastfeeding. If this drug is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until treatment is finished.

Recommended dosage: ADULTS: The usual dosage of Minocin is 200 milligrams to start with, followed by 100 milligrams every 12 hours. If you need to take more frequent doses, your doctor may prescribe two or four 50-milligram capsules initially, and then one 50-milligram capsule 4 times daily. The dosage and the length of time you take the drug can vary according to your condition and the specific infection. CHILDREN ABOVE 8 YEARS OF AGE: The usual dosage of Minocin is 4 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight to start, followed by 2 milligrams per 2.2 pounds every 12 hours, up to the usual adult dose.

Overdosage: Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect symptoms of an overdose of Minocin, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of Minocin overdose may include: Dizziness, nausea, vomiting

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