Minocin contains the active ingredient Minocycline Hydrochloride which belongs to a class of Antibiotics called Tetracyclines.
It works by killing the Bacteria causing Acne. This reduces the inflammation of the pores and clears the face of acne.
Minocin is a long-acting antibiotic which is used to treat a wide variety of conditions caused by a bacterial infection, including severe acne. It works by inhibiting the growth of the bacteria which causes the infection, allowing the skin to heal more effectively.
In the treatment for acne, it can take several weeks for changes to become noticable. 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.
For the treatment of Acne, the usual dose is 1 tablet a day, taken with a glass of water. However, the Doctor can give a more tailored treatment depending on the severity of the acne. Please follow the instructions given to you by the doctor.
You can take Minocin with or without food, though it is more effective when taken on an empty stomach. Unlike other Tetracyclines, the effectiveness of Minocin is not affected by milk.
Take Minocin while sitting or standing and avoid taking shortly before bedtime.
Try to take Minocin at the same time every day and avoid skipping doses.
Medicines and supplements containing any of the following ingredients should not be consumed within 3 hours of taking Minocin:
As with all medications there are certain precautions and warning associated with Minocin. It is important to understand the advice given. Feel free to ask our doctors any questions you may have.
Please do not take if you:
Please inform the doctor if you are taking any medications on the following list:
There are always negative effects associated with taking medication. It is important to remain aware of some of the effects that could potentially affect you.
The following mild effects can occur:
If you experience any of these mild side effects for a long period of time, 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:
Minocin may interact with contraceptive pills. If you are taking Minocin 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.
It is possible that Minocin can affect medical tests. Therefore, it is important to inform your doctor if you are taking Minocin before tests.
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