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Last updated on November 22nd, 2021

Generic name: Minocycline

Brand names: Aripiprazole, Abilitat, Arizol, Arlemide, Brisking, Ilimit, Irazem

General Information.

Minocin is recommended to cure certain types of infections. Minocin may also be prescribed along with other pills to treat severe acne.

Minocin may also be prescribed for other purposes. It is a tetracycline antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of certain bacteria and allowing the body’s immune system to kill them. This drug only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections or other infections such as flu or cold.

Don’t take Minocin if you have allergy to any component contained in Minocin or if you are taking qisotretinoin, methoxyflurane, acitretin, penicillin.

Contact your physician if you need to learn more information about this drug.

Don’t stop treatment with Minocin earlier than it was prescribed by your doctor even if you notice improvements of your condition. Stopping the medication too early may worsen your condition. Be careful about doing dangerous tasks, operating machinery, driving or climbing until you are aware how this drug affects you. Don’t drink alcohol. Always contact a medic before giving Minocin to a child.

What symptoms or conditions should I report to a doctor before I take this Minocin?

It is important to report to a physician if you have or had the following conditions:

  • kidney problems
  • autoimmune disorder
  • allergies to foods, pills or other substances
  • planning to become pregnant, or if your are pregnant, or are breast-feeding

Inform your physician about all prescription or nonprescription pills, dietary supplement or herbal preparation you are taking, especially if you are taking the following:

  •     cimetidine or aluminum salts (eg, carbonate) since they may reduce the effectiveness of Minocin
  •     heophyllines, methotrexate, isotretinoin, ergot alkaloids, insulin, anticoagulants, acitretin, methoxyflurane, digoxin, since Minocin may increase the risk of their side effects
  •     penicillins, live oral typhoid vaccine, birth control pills, since Minocin may reduce their effectiveness.

This list of interactions may be not complete. Provide your medical practitioners entire list of medicines, herbs, dietary supplements or non-prescription drugs you take. Moreover tell them whether you drink alcohol, use illegal drugs or smoke. Particular items may interact with your drug.


How do I take Minocin?

Note: This remedy was prescribed to you only. Don’t share this medicament with others. Take it exactly as it was recommended by your pharmacist.

Attention: In some cases you may be recommended to take this remedy with food, in some cases on an empty stomach. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about how to use your medication.

Take it with a full glass of water. Don’t lie down within half an hour after taking this pill.

If you also take colestipol, didanosine, vitamins/minerals, urinary alkalinizers (eg, daily antacids), bismuth salts (eg, bismuth subsalicylate), magnesium, quinapril, sucralfate, iron salts (eg, iron sulfate), calcium salts (eg, calcium carbonate), zinc salts (eg, zinc sulfate), don’t use them within two to three hours before or after taking this pill. Ask your physician if you need to learn more information.

To achieve better results you need to take this remedy every day at the same time.

What should I do if I miss the dose?

If you miss the dose, try to take it as soon as you have the opportunity. If it is time for your next dose, take only one dose. You don’t have to double the dose.

What should you do if you overdose of Minocin?

Taking any medicine in large doses you can have serious consequences for your health. If you feel an overdose, contact your health care professional instantly.

Safety information:

This pill may cause drowsiness, lightheadedness, dizziness. These side effects may be worsened by certain remedies or alcohol.

Minocin may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Wear protective clothing or sunscreen if it is impossible to avoid sun.

Repeated or long-term or use may lead to another infection. Contact your physician in case you notice the symptoms of other infection.

Mild diarrhea is a common side effect of this drug. Sometimes pseudomembranous colitis, the more serious form of diarrhea, may occur. Consult your physician or pharmacist immediately if cramps, stomach pain, bloody stools occur, severe diarrhea. Do not cure diarrhea without consulting your doctor.

Inform your physician or dentist that you take this drug before you receive any dental care, emergency, medical care or surgery.

If you take birth control pills, they may not work properly if you take them along with Minocin. Use condoms to prevent pregnancy.

Be prepared! To monitor your condition, your doctor will advise you lab tests.

Elder patients may be more sensitive to this drug.

This pill has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. Contact your health care professional or pharmacist if you think you may be pregnant. Don’t breast-feed during treatment with Minocin.

Which side effects can I perceive from this remedy?

All drugs may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Contact your physician if you experience any of these side effects: stomach upset, loss of appetite, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, lightheadedness, vomiting.

Seek immediate medical help if any of the following side effects occur: headache, vaginal irritation or discharge, fever, severe allergic reactions ( tightness in the chest, rash, difficulty breathing, hives, itching, swelling of the tongue, face, lips, mouth), severe skin reaction to the sun, joint pain, stomach pain, cramps, peeling, red, swollen, blistered skin, bloody stools, severe diarrhea, inflammation of the pancreas ( vomiting, stomach tenderness, nausea, increased pulse), muscle pain or weakness, increased pressure in the head, trouble swallowing, bulging soft spots in infants, seizures, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, yellowing of the skin or eyes., unusual tiredness or weakness.

Remember, this list of side effects is not complete, others may occur. If you notice any side effect, call your doctor or pharmacist.


Minocin should be stored at room temperature, between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F), in a tightly closed container. Protect from moisture, direct heat, and light. Do not store in the bathroom or near a sink. Keep Minocin out of the reach of children and away from animals.

Warning: Before taking the drug you need to consult your doctor.

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