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What is Minocin MR?

Minocin MR is a brand of minocycline - a long-acting antibiotic which is used to treat a wide variety of conditions caused by bacteria, including severe acne.

What is minocycline used for?

Minocycline 100mg is used to treat a wide number of bacteria infections, such as respiratory infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and general bacterial infections which are susceptible to the actions of minocycline.

It works by inhibiting the growth of the bacteria which causes the infection, allowing the infected area to heal more effectively.

In the treatment for acne, Minocin MR can take several weeks for changes to become noticeable. If no improvement is seen after six months, speak to your doctor about alternative treatments.

"When taking antibiotics, it’s important to complete the course of treatment, even if the symptoms subside or you feel better. Stopping the treatment of antibiotics early can cause the bacterial infection to return or may affect future antibiotic treatments." Mohamed Imran Lakhi, Superintendant Pharmacist for Prescription Doctor.
It is recommended to use a topical treatment, such as Differin or Epiduo, alongside an antibiotic in the treatment for acne. Speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for advice.

Where can I buy Minocin MR?

You can buy Minocin MR online from Prescription Doctor, following a short medical consultation. Simply fill out our straightforward online medical form for our doctor to review. If our doctor approves your order before 3pm Monday to Friday, our UK based pharmacy will dispense and dispatch your item the same day for a next-day delivery.


What is acne?

Acne is a condition which is characterised by spots on the skin, such as blackheads, pustules and nodules.

Most people associate acne with puberty during teenage years. And while it is often the case that most people experience acne during this transitional phase, it's estimated that 3% of adults over the age of 35 have acne.

Acne can be caused by medicine such as steroids and some antiepileptics. If you reckon a medication is causing your acne, speak to your doctor. You shouldn't stop taking a medicine prescribed by your doctor without discussing it with them first.

While it's not as common any more, some cosmetic products can cause acne, especially if they block pores.

There is currently no strong evidence to suggest that diet, poor hygiene or sexual activity influence acne.

One of the main causes of acne are hormones - specifically androgens such as testosterone. In women, it is believed that the hormone progesterone may influence ace, though the exact mechanism of this is unknown.

Acne may flair up during the second half of the menstrual cycle, when progestogen levels are high. For some women, taking a combined contraceptive pill can help to clear up their acne. Hormonal fluctuations can also occur during pregnancy or in a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome.

Hair follicles are sensitive to androgenic hormones. When there is an increase in these hormones, sebaceous glands below the skin's surface secrete a waxy substance called sebum. Sebum protects the skin from damage and keeps it hydrated.

How acne develops under the skin

If a hair follicle becomes blocked by keratin or dead skin cells, the sebum has nowhere to go and builds up. Some make-up can clog pores and hair follicles in the skin.

This sebum provides energy for bacteria which live on the skin called propionibacterium acnes. After feeding on the sebum, they excrete products which cause irritation to the surrounding tissues, which result in inflammation and discomfort appearing as spots.


How does Minocin MR work against acne?

Minocin MR contains minocycline, which belongs to the tetracycline class of broad-spectrum antibiotics. These medicines regulate the amount of bacteria by killing them.

By reducing the number of bacteria present in the skin, less of them can feed on the sebum and secrete fatty acids which irritate the skin.

Overtime, the number of bacteria is reduced. This allows the skin to heal, reducing the appearance of acne.

While taking minocycline for acne, you can use other over-the-counter acne products such as gels and creams. Ask your doctor or a pharmacist for advice on choosing a topical treatment when taking Minocin MR.

How to take Minocin MR 100mg?

For the treatment of Acne, the usual dose of Minocin MR 100mg is 1 capsule once a day. However, the Doctor can give a more tailored treatment depending on the severity of your acne. Please follow the instructions given to you by the doctor.

You can take Minocin MR with or without food, though it is more effective when taken on an empty stomach. Unlike other Tetracyclines, the effectiveness of minocycline is not affected by milk.

You should swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water.

Do not remove the capsule from the packaging until you are due to take it. The blister pack protects the capsules from moisture, which can spoil them.

Do not break apart the capsule. If you have difficulty swallowing pills, speak to your doctor. They may be able to prescribe a more suitable treatment for you.

Take Minocin MR while sitting or standing and avoid taking shortly before bedtime. This is because minocycline, the active ingredient of Minocin MR, can cause oesophageal irritation and ulceration if taken before bed.

It's important to take the medicine at the same time every day. If you often find it difficult to remember when to take your medicine, set a reminder on your phone or store your medicine somewhere which will remind you when to take it.

Always take Minocin MR as prescribed by your doctor. Taking more Minocin MR than prescribed will not treat your acne any faster, but canincrease your risk of side effects.

Medicines and supplements containing any of the following ingredients should not be consumed within 3 hours of taking Minocin MR:

  • Aluminium
  • Bismuth
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc

If you are unsure how to take Minocin MR, speak to your doctor or ask a pharmacist for assistance.


Staying safe with Prescription Doctor

As with all medications there are certain precautions and warning associated with Minocin MR. It is important to understand the advice given. Feel free to ask our doctors any questions you may have.

Do not take if you:

  • Are under 12
  • Are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • Have or had kidney or liver problems
  • Have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Are pregnant or breast feeding
  • Are on Retinoid or Vitamin A therapy
  • Have a condition called Porphyria
  • Myasthenia gravis – characterised by slurred speech, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing and chewing

Inform the doctor if you are taking any medications on the following list:

  • Diuretics
  • Penicillin antibiotics
  • Blood Thinners (Anti – coagulants) such as warfarin
  • Insulins or Sulphonylureas such as Gliclazide used for diabetes
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Antacids
  • Kaolin-pectin and Bismuth Subsalicylate

If you are unsure whether it is safe for you to take Minocin MR, seek advice from your doctor or a pharmacist.


Minocin MR Side effects

There are always side effects associated with taking medication. It is important to remain aware of the effects that could potentially affect you by reading the pamphlet which comes enclosed with your medicine.

The following mild effects can occur:

  • Coughing
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness and Vertigo (more common in women than men)
  • Hearing problems such as ringing in the ear (Tinnitus)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to sunlight – apply adequate protection of at least SPF 50
  • Vomiting

If you experience any of these mild side effects for a long period, or are worried about any of the side effects listed, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Stop taking the medication and consult your doctor if you suffer from the following after taking Minocin MR:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Headache accompanied by blurred or loss of vision
  • Hypersensitivity such as skin rashes or swelling
  • Pale, bloody or mucous stools
  • Tingling or numbness of the extremities
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Minocin MR can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your treatment.

If you experience any side effects after taking Minocin MR, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist for advice and assistance.

You can view the patient information leaflet for Minocin MR online here.

Allergic reaction

Do not take Minocin MR if you are allergic to minocycline or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.

If you experience the signs or symptoms of an allergic reaction, stop taking Minocin MR and seek emergency medical attention by going straight to your nearest accident and emergency department.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not take Minocin MR if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor for further advice.

Minocin MR may interact with contraceptive pills. If you are taking Minocin MR while taking oral contraceptives and experience sickness, diarrhoea or unexpected bleeding, the effectiveness of your birth control may be affected. Use an alternative form of contraception to ensure you are protected and read the leaflet to your contraceptive pill for further information.

If you become pregnant while taking Minocin MR, inform your doctor straight away.

It is possible that Minocin MR can affect medical tests. Therefore, it is important to inform your doctor if you are taking Minocin MR before tests.

Other safety information

Always seek your doctor's advice before you buy Minocin MR online.

Do not take Minocin MR past the expiry date printed on the packaging.

Never throw away medicine via household or water waste. Take any unwanted or expired medicine to your pharmacy and ask them to dispose of them safely on your behalf.

Always store Minocin MR out of the sight and reach from children and pets.


Tips for managing acne

On top of using Minocin MR to treat severe acne, there are a number of things you can do to prevent your condition from worsening.

First and foremost, it's important not to pick or squeeze your acne spots. Popping your spots can cause an open wound, which opens your skin up to infections. If a spot does burst and bleeds, apply pressure until the bleeding stops and wash the area with some cold water.

Wash your face no more than twice a day with a mild soap and water. Avoid using anything abrasive around your acne, such as loofahs, brushes or scrubs. Instead, use a soft wash cloth and dab the area gently.

When showering or bathing, avoid loofas, brushes and scrubs which can irritate the skin. Stick to soft wash cloths. Try to avoid applying friction to your skin, as this can cause irritation especially to acne prone areas.

Take extra care when shaving, especially around facial acne. Try using an electric razor instead of a conventional razor to reduce irritation. You may also want to choose a shaving cream designed for sensitive skin. Furthermore, you might want to change your aftershave while your acne is present - switch from an alcohol based aftershave to a witch hazel aftershave.

If you are unsure which products would be suitable for you, ask a pharmacist. They will be able to explain how and when to use the product for the best results.


Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I forget to taken Minocin MR when I should?

If you forget to take Minocin MR when you should, take it as soon as you remember. If it almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time.

Do not take more Minocin MR to make up for the dose you missed.

What should I do if I take more Minocin MR than I should?

If you accidentally take more Minocin MR than you should, seek immediate medical attention by either contacting your doctor or going straight to A&E.

Take the medicine packaging with you so that doctors know what you have taken.

Will Minocin MR affect my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Minocin MR may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. You should avoid these activities until you know how the medicine affects you.

If you experience side effects such as dizziness, avoid such activities until you feel it is safe for you to do so.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Minocin MR?

While alcohol consumption does not directly impact the effectiveness of Minocin MR, excessive alcohol consumption may increase your risk of side effects.

You should limit your alcohol consumption while taking Minocin MR.

How long does Minocin MR take to work?

For acne, it may take up to 6 months of taking Minocin MR before you notice any improvement in your condition. You should continue to take minocin for as long as your doctor has prescribed.

How do I stop taking Minocin MR?

If you wish to stop taking Minocin MR, you should speak to your doctor. Stopping antibiotics early can cause them to be ineffective.

Can I eat dairy while taking minocycline?

Unlike other antibiotics, you can consume dairy and calcium rich foods while taking minocycline. It's important to understand that consumption of dairy may reduce the effectiveness of Minocin MR slightly. Speak to your doctor for advice on whether you need to adjust your diet while taking Minocin.

Can I buy Minocin MR online?

You can safely buy Minocin MR online from Prescription Doctor's trusted online pharmacy.


Table of contents

What is Minocin MR?

Where can I buy Minocin MR?

What is acne?

How does Minocin MR work against acne?

How to take Minocin MR 100mg?

Staying safe with Prescription Doctor

Minocin MR side effects

Tips for managing acne

Frequently asked questions

References

NHS, 2019. Acne: Overview, causes, diagnosis, treatment and complications.

British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), 2020. Acne.

Mylan, 2018. Minocin MR 100mg Modified Release Capsules: Summary of Product Characteristics

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Minocin
  • Active Ingredient(s): Minocycline hydrochloride
  • Manufacturer: Meda
  • Administration: Oral
  • Presentation: Two piece hard shell capsules
  • Available Strength: 100 mg
  • Exemption: Prescription only medication
  • Application: Men and women over 18 with acne
  • Dosage: Take 1 capsule daily at the same time each day
  • Description: Minocin is an oral antibiotic used for treating acne
  • Drug class: Systemic antibiotics
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Do not consume while pregnant. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
  • When Breastfeeding: Do not consume while breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
Click here to view the Minocin - Patient Information Leaflet

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