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Minocycline

Minocycline is a prescription medication used in the treatment of bacterial infections such as acne of the skin. It belongs to a group of medicines known as tetracycline antibiotics which help fight bacterial infections only, antibiotics do not work for viral infections. Minocycline is used to treat a range of bacterial infections including chest infections and sexually transmitted infections, and can be used to treat acne caused by bacterial infection. Acne can cause large red spots to appear on the face, back, and chest which can become infected with the bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes, this a natural bacteria that lives on the skin but it can multiply and cause infectious acne. Minocycline is an antibiotic which fights against these types of bacteria.

See Minocycline Patient Information Leaflet

PIL Updated on: 09/11/2020

Please note, this is a Generic Medication. The brand received may vary

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  • Minocycline isn't recommnded as a first-line treatment for acne, and you should first try to mange your symptoms with a topical treatment.
  • Minocycline shouldn't be used by pregnant women, as it may harm the foetus. If you're a woman that is capable of having children, you should use contraception.
  • You should always take minocycline on an empty stomach, either an hour before you've eaten, or a couple of hours afterwards.
  • You should always take a 28-day from taking minocycline every 6 months. This is so that you can see if you still need to take the medication or if your condition has improved enough to reduce or withdraw treatment. You may use a topical treatment during this break
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How does minocycline work?

To treat infections, minocycline keeps the bacteria under control by stopping it from reproducing and growing in numbers. In the case of acne, the Propionibacterium acnes survives off the sebum in the sebaceous glands and it’s the waste product which causes the irritated and inflamed spots, the less bacteria there is the less spots and irritation there will be. Minocycline keeps the numbers of bacteria under control to control the infection and allow the skin to heal.

Who is suitable to take minocycline?

Minocycline is suitable for adults and children over the age of 12 who have been diagnosed with a bacterial infection that minocycline is responsive to. Not all antibiotics can treat all bacterial infections, your doctor may need to take a tissue sample to ensure that this particular bacteria is responsive to this particular antibiotic.

Who should not take minocycline?

Not everyone will be suitable to take minocycline and you should always ask your doctor whether this particular medicine is safe for you to take. This will usually be determined by any other medication you’ll be taking alongside minocycline, as well as your overall health condition, and whether you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Always inform your doctor of your health situation before starting any other medication.

Can I take minocycline while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Take minocycline while pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding is dependant on the advice giving to you by your GP. Under these circumstances you should not take this medicine unless it has been approved by your doctor.

Minocycline and health conditions

If you have an existing medical condition other than a bacterial infection this may affect your suitability for minocycline as there may be a risk of side effects or this medicine worsening your condition. You should be particularly cautious of taking this medicine if you have kidney disease or liver problems, or a condition called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or myasthenia gravis, and unless your doctor has deemed it safe you should avoid it. You should also avoid minocycline if you’re allergic to any tetracycline antibiotic or any ingredient in this medicine. Allergic reactions can be severe, dangerous, and potentially life threatening so it’s important to avoid this if you’re aware of a reaction.

Can I take minocycline with other medication?

If you’re currently taking any other medication you should ensure that it is safe to take alongside minocycline. There may be a risk of drug interaction with certain medicines which may disrupt the effectiveness of the drugs or cause side effects. Before starting minocycline always always inform your doctor of any prescription or nonprescription medicines, particularly the following:

  • Anticoagulants such as warfarin
  • Penicillin antibiotics such as amoxicillin
  • Retinoids
  • Quinapril
  • Ergotamine
  • Methysergide
  • Indigestion remedies
  • Vitamins or supplements containing iron, calcium, aluminium, magnesium, bismuth or zinc salts
  • Diuretics

Taking these medicines may increase or decrease the effectiveness of minocycline, and vice versa.

How to take minocycline

One capsule is usually taken once a day, preferably at the same time each day with water. However, your dose and how long you will take this medicine for will depend on why you’re taking it, this may change depending on what it is being used to treat. To ensure the infection clears fully and does not return you should complete the entire course of treatment.

Are there any side effects of minocycline?

All medicines have side effects and minocycline is no different, however, not everyone will experience these side effects. You experience some mild side effects which are more common and include:

  • an upset stomach
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sickness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sore mouth
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing problems
  • Skin problems such as rash, itching, redness, scaling, blistering
  • Cough
  • Loss of hair

There are other side effects which may be more serious but are rare or very rare. These include:

  • Allergic reaction or anaphylaxis
  • Severe skin rashes
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision or loss of vision
  • Swollen, stiff, and painful joints or muscles
  • Abdominal pain, pale stools, difficulty passing urine
  • Yellowing skin or eyes
  • Fever, sore throat, extreme tiredness, convulsions
  • Swelling or redness of the tongue, inside the mouth, or around the eyes
  • Heartburn, difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • Inflammation of the blood vessels
  • Redness or swelling of the penis

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects and there may be others listed on the patient information leaflet for you to refer to. You may even experience side effects which are not listed here, so if there are any negative changes to your health you must consult your doctor as soon as possible. You should be particularly aware of an allergic reaction such as swelling, skin rashes, difficulty breathing as allergies can be severe and potentially life threatening and will need urgent medical help.

Is minocycline effective and how long does it take to work?

Minocycline can effectively clear some bacterial infections if used correctly. It’s important to be consistent and continue the course until it’s complete for it to be fully effective. How long you take it for depends on the condition it is being used to treat, for instance, acne may require taking this medicine for a while as it takes longer to treat. It may be several weeks before you see your skin improving, but this should be no longer than 6 months.

Can I buy minocycline online?

You can buy minocycline online at Doctor-4-U. We have GMC (General Medical Council) registered doctors on hand who make buying medication online safe, convenient, and fast. You can order your prescription medication from the comfort of your home by submitting a medical consultation form and relevant details which are reviewed by our online doctors to determine your suitability. Once you have been deemed suitable to take this particular medication it will be dispensed by our UK-based pharmacy and sent to you via a tracked courier service.

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