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Minocin

Minocin is an antibiotic medicine used to treat the symptoms of acne. The treatment comes in the form of capsules which are taken on a daily basis until spots caused by acne are healed and infection is removed.

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PIL Updated on: 10/01/2020

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What is Minocin?

Minocin capsules are an antibiotic medication taken to treat the skin condition acne. When prescribed this treatment, the capsules are usually taken on a daily basis. Minocin is able to reduce the irritating spots caused by acne and target the source of the condition.

How does Minocin work?

Minocin contains minocycline which is a tetracycline antibiotic. The treatment targets the whiteheads and blackheads which emerge when skin pores become clogged. It is infection of these whiteheads and blackheads which causes spot to develop. The antibiotic suppresses the infection, which helps the spots to heal and eventually disappear.

How do I take Minocin?

When prescribed this treatment, a Minocin capsule is usually taken once per day. The capsules should be swallowed whole with a drink of water. They should not be chewed, crushed or sucked. The capsules can be taken on both an empty stomach or after food.

It is preferable to take these capsules around the same time each day. That way you maximise the medicine’s effectiveness and it will also be easier to remember when your next dose is due. Acne does respond quite slowly to antibiotics, so it may be several weeks after you start treatment before you see any improvement in your condition.

If the treatment does not improve your condition after six months of taking the capsules, see your doctor to have your treatment reviewed. If your doctor decides that your treatment should go on longer than 6 months, they should ask to see you on a regular basis, typically once every 3 months.

What are the side effects of Minocin?

Like other medicines, Minocin is capable of creating side effects but not all patients will experience them. The following side effects are the most common possible when taking these capsules (though they are usually relatively mild even if any of them do occur):

  • Stomach upsets plus sickness and diarrhoea
  • Cough and/or sore mouth
  • Headaches, hearing problems, lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Skin problems such as rashes due to increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
  • Loss of hair

Other side effects are possible but also rare. Some of the less common side effects can have a severe and worrying effect on you. If you do experience any troubling or prolonged side effects during treatment, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Seek medical help as soon as possible if you experience symptoms indicating an allergic reaction or unusual staining of your skin, teeth, tongue, lips, gums or nails.

Can I take Minocin?

Before you start using this treatment, be sure that you have no health circumstances which mean you should avoid it. Minocin should not be taken if any of the following applies to you:

  • You are pregnant, breast-feeding, think you might be pregnant or trying for a baby.
  • You have kidney disease
  • You (or your child that requires treatment for acne) is under the age of 12.

You should also speak to your doctor or pharmacist about any other medicines you are currently taking before starting Minocin. It’s important in particular to mention the following medicines if you are currently using any of them:

  • Contraceptive tablets (also known as “the pill”). If you experience diarrhoea or sickness or bleed as a side effect while taking this treatment (as well as Minocin), then the pill may not work properly.
  • Anticoagulants for prevent blood clots (such as warfarin)
  • Penicillin antibiotics (such as amoxicillin)
  • Isotretinoin or other retinoids or retinol
  • Quinapril
  • Ergotamine
  • Methysergide
  • Indigestion remedies
  • Any vitamins or preparations that contain iron, calcium, aluminium, magnesium, bismuth or zinc salts

You should also speak to your doctor if you have a liver disease or you have a condition called systemic lupus erythematosus or myasthenia gravis. If any of these apply, your doctor should make an assessment on whether Minocin is suitable treatment for you.

What if I take too much Minocin?

If you take a larger dose of this medicine than you were supposed to, seek medical help immediately from your doctor or nearest hospital emergency department. When seeing a doctor, bring any capsules you currently have with you if possible, along with the product’s packaging and information leaflet.

What if I forget to take Minocin?

If you forget to take a dose of Minocin at the usual time, then take it as soon as possible once you remember in order to maintain the effectiveness of the treatment. If, however, you’re next scheduled dose is nearly due, then skip the forgotten dose and simply take the following dose at the usual time. Never take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

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Minocin Dosage Quantity Cost Including Consultation
Minocin 1 x 56 capsules £42.00
Minocin 2 x 56 capsules £78.00

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