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What does Minocycline treat?

Minocycline is a Tetracycline Antibiotic. This is highly effective in curing a wide range of bacterial infections. This includes respiratory tract infections, skin infections, severe acne, tick fever, chlamydia, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea and others. It works by stemming bacterial growth. This apart, your physician might use it to treat other medical conditions too.

Dosage Instructions

Follow the Minocycline dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. You can take this along with your food or without food. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label.

Missed a dose?

Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time is closer to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless specifically instructed by your doctor.

Overdosed?

Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Minocycline is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine and so on which may interfere with the effect of Minocycline.

It may interact with: 

  • Amoxicillin 
  • Cholestyramine 
  • Isotretinoin 
  • Tretinoin 
  • Warfarin 

It may also interact with medication such as cholesterol-lowering medications, blood thinners and antacids. This is not an exhaustive list though.

Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.

Possible Side Effects

Minocycline might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.

Some of the side effects are mild nausea, hearing changes, pain, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, headache and trouble swallowing. This is not the complete list though.

In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

What to ask your doctor before you start on Minocycline

  • Can I take Minocycline along with other drugs? 
  •  Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Minocycline? 
  •  What is the dosage of Minocycline to be consumed? 
  •  How should I use Minocycline? 
  •  How will Minocycline work in my body? 
  •  How can the drug interactions and side effects of Minocycline be minimized or completely avoided?

Disclaimer

The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Minocycline is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.

 

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