Minocycline is an oral antibiotic medication that is widely used to treat acne.
Minocycline can be found under such brand names as Minocin, Vectrin and Dynacin. It is available in generic form as well.
Minocycline possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties: itsuppresses the development of causative organism and enhances the immune system to destroy them.
The usual dose of Minocyclineis 50 mg twice daily. This medication can be taken as a single dose of 100 mg as well. The dose of Minocycline can be lowered over some period of time when the inflammation turns to reduce. But such a decision should be done by the medical professional only. You can take this medication with food or milk to avoid the condition of upset stomach which is typical during the treatment with tetracyclines. But in order to get the full benefits from the medication, it’s better to take it on an empty stomach as the absorption can be reduced when taking Minocycline with food and milk.
Unlike many topical antibiotics, Minocycline doesn’t cause sun sensitivity to your body. Besides, in comparison with other tetracyclines, Minocycline generally doesn’t cause vaginal yeast infections.
The Side Effects of Minocycline
Minocycline like any other antibiotics can provoke some adverse reactions. Such adverse reactions asabdominal discomfort, stomach disorders and digestive upset may be observed. Dizziness can also be observed but it goes away as the dose is lowered. Among the rare side reactions are rashes, but they are not typical. If the medication is used during a long period skin pigmentation may occur.
Children under 8 years old may suffer from blue discoloration of teeth when usingMinocycline. That’s why this medication is not intended to be used by small children. Basically, this side effect is not common and occurs rarely but if it happens it’s permanent. This effect generally doesn’t happen in adults.
If the dose of Minocycline is 200 mg a day, you might suffer from vertigo,vomiting, and nausea. That’s why it’s preferable to start from the lower dose of this medication and when your body is adjusted to it, your dose may be increased.
Minocycline must be avoided during pregnancy, otherwise it can do harm to the foetus. Breastfeeding mothers should also avoid using this medication to avoid the possible harm to the baby. Do not breast-feed if you are under medication. If you are pregnant or nursing, notify your medical provider.