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(minocycline hydrochloride) Pellet-Filled Capsules 50 and 100 mg
Read the Patient Information that comes with MINOCIN® (minocycline) capsules before you or a family member starts taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your medical condition or treatment.
What is MINOCIN® (minocycline) ?
MINOCIN® (minocycline) is a tetracycline-class antibiotic medicine. MINOCIN® (minocycline) is used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria. These include infections of the skin, respiratory tract, urinary tract, some sexually transmitted diseases, and others. MINOCIN® (minocycline) may be used along with other treatments for severe acne.
Who should not use MINOCIN® (minocycline) ?
Do not take MINOCIN® if you are allergic to minocycline or other tetracycline antibiotics.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of these medications if you are not sure. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in MINOCIN® (minocycline) .
MINOCIN® (minocycline) is not recommended for pregnant women or children up to 8 years old because:
- MINOCIN® (minocycline) may harm an unborn baby
- MINOCIN® (minocycline) may permanently turn a baby's or child's teeth yellow-gray-brown during tooth development. Tooth development happens in the last half of pregnancy and birth to age 8 year.
What should I tell my doctor before starting MINOCIN® (minocycline) capsules?
Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have liver or kidney problems
- are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. MINOCIN® (minocycline) may harm your unborn baby. Stop taking MINOCIN® (minocycline) and call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking it.
- are breast feeding. MINOCIN® (minocycline) passes into your milk and may harm your baby. You should decide whether to use MINOCIN® (minocycline) or breastfeed, but not both.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking including prescription and non prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. MINOCIN® (minocycline) and other medicines may interact. Especially tell your doctor if you take:
- birth control pills. MINOCIN® (minocycline) may make your birth control pills less effective
- a blood thinner medicine. The dose of your blood thinner may have to be lowered.
- a penicillin antibiotic medicine. MINOCIN® (minocycline) and penicillins should not be used together.
- Migraine medicines called ergot alkaloids
- An acne medicine called isotretinoin (Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret)
- Antacids that contain aluminum, calcium, or magnesium, or iron-containing products.
Know the medicines you take, keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.
How should I take MINOCIN® (minocycline) capsules?
- Take MINOCIN® (minocycline) capsules exactly as your doctor tells you to take
them. Skipping doses or not taking all your MINOCIN® (minocycline) may:
Decrease the effectiveness of the treatment
Increase the chance that bacteria will develop resistance to MINOCIN ®
- Take MINOCIN® (minocycline) with a full glass of liquid. Taking MINOCIN® (minocycline) with enough liquid may lower your chance of getting irritation or ulcers in your esophagus. Your esophagus is the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach.
- MINOCIN® (minocycline) capsules may be taken with or without food. If you forget to take MINOCIN ® , take it as soon as you remember.
- If you take too much MINOCIN ® , call you doctor or poison control center right away.
What are the possible side effects of MINOCIN® (minocycline) ?
MINOCIN® (minocycline) may cause serious side effects. Stop MINOCIN® (minocycline) and call your doctor if you have:
- watery diarrhea
- bloody stools
- stomach cramps
- unusual headaches
- blurred vision
- joint pain
- feeling very tired
MINOCIN® (minocycline) may also cause:
- central nervous system effects. Symptoms include light-headedness, dizziness, and a spinning feeling (vertigo). You should not drive or operate machines if you have these symptoms.
- sun sensitivity (photosensitivity). You may get a worse sunburn with MINOCIN ® . Avoid sun exposure and the use of sunlamps or tanning beds. Protect your skin while out in the sunlight. Stop MINOCIN® (minocycline) and call your doctor if your skin turns red.
These are not all the side effects with MINOCIN® (minocycline) . Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should I store MINOCIN® (minocycline) capsules?
- Store MINOCIN® (minocycline) capsules at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture.
- Throw away any MINOCIN® (minocycline) that is outdated or no longer needed.
- Keep MINOCIN® (minocycline) capsules and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General advice about MINOCIN® (minocycline) capsules
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use MINOCIN® (minocycline) capsules for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give MINOCIN® (minocycline) capsules to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
This Patient Information leaflet summarizes the most important information about MINOCIN® (minocycline) . If you would like more information, talk with your doctor.
Your doctor or pharmacist can give you information about MINOCIN ® that is written for health care professionals. For more information, you can also call Triax Pharmaceutical, LLC at 866-48-TRIAX(87429) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
What are the ingredients in MINOCIN® capsules?
Active ingredient: minocycline hydrochloride, 50 mg and 100 mg
Inactive ingredients: Blue 1, gelatin, titanium dioxide and yellow 10. The 50 mg capsule shells also contain black and yellow iron oxides.
Last reviewed on RxList: 8/4/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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