Minocin is a brand name for minocycline, tetracycline antibiotic.
How It Works
Minocycline, the active ingredient in Minocin, is a tetracycline type antibiotic. These antibiotics are known for their broad spectrum effectiveness against a number of different types of bacterial infections.
Regular antibiotics kill infection-causing bacteria by attacking the cell wall. There are also types of bacteria that do not have a cell wall, and are thus harder to kill. Minocin can prevent the protein synthesis in the cells of such bacteria. When a crucial cell function is obstructed, the bacteria eventually die, thus curing the infection.
Minocin is prescribed to treat a number of infections caused by bacteria. Minocin is not prescribed for viral infections that do not respond to the drug.
Minocin is commonly prescribed to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs), severe acne, rectal infections, periodontal disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, pneumonia caused by bacteria, penicillin resistant g gonorrhea and syphilis, cholera and anthrax. There are a number of more bacterial infections that can be treated with this drug.
Dosage of Minocin will vary depending on body weight, the severity of the infection, type of bacteria being treated and physician recommendation.
Doses are usually recommended to be taken twice a day between 12 hour intervals. You must take Minocin an hour or two before each meal. Stomach acid and food can hinder the absorption of the drug by the body. Do not take Minocin with food.
The dosage interval is important for the treatment to be effective. Take Minocin at same time each day to keep an even amount of the drug in the body throughout the day.
Do not forget to take a dose. Skipping doses may lead to resistance by the bacteria to the drug.
Follow a carefully structured dosage schedule. Do not stop taking Minocin before the treatment period ends even if the symptoms clear. Minocin is usually given for one or two extra days to prevent the infection from coming back full force.
Do not crush, bite, chew or break Minocin tablets in any way. That will cause the full dose to be released in to the body making side effects worse.
Some of the common side effects experienced with Minocin include:
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Redness of the skin like a sunburn
Changes in skin color
Hearing loss or ringing in your ears
Itching of the rectum or vagina
Furry darkening or black discoloration of the tongue
If any of the above side effects persist or gets worse, immediately contact your doctor.
Keep in mind that side effects other than the ones mentioned above ma appear.
Do not take Minocin is allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug. If you are allergic to antibiotics like Doxycycline, you may be allergic to Minocin as well.
Unlike other types of tetracycline antibiotics, Minocin is suitable for use in patients with liver or kidney disease. However, the antibiotic may aggravate systemic lupus erythematous and autoimmune hepatitis.
Certain foods and nutrients hinder the absorption levels of Minocin by the body. You should consult with your doctor regarding the type of foods that may affect Minocin treatment. You don’t have to give up on this food forever; you simply need to eat these foods three to four hours before taking your daily Minocin dose.