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Minocycline HCL

Minocycline HCL

What Is Minocycline?

Minocycline, sold under the brand names Minocin, Solodyn, and Dynacin, is a prescription antibiotic.

The drug is used to treat acne and certain infections caused by bacterial meningitis and sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Minocycline belongs to group of drugs known as tetracycline antibiotics, which work by preventing bacteria from making protein they need to function and survive.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved minocycline under the brand name Minocin in 1970. It was manufactured by Triax Pharmaceuticals.

How Minocycline Works to Treat Acne

Minocycline works to treat acne in two ways. First, it stops the growth of bacteria that cause acne breakouts. Second, minocycline reduces inflammation. If you have red, inflamed pimples this is good news.

On the other hand, minocycline won't do much for blackheads and other non-inflamed blemishes. A better choice, in this case, would be topical retinoids.

Minocycline Is Not Right For Everyone

Minocycline shouldn't be used if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, so let your doctor know if either of these applies to you.

Also, kids under 8 years old shouldn't use minocycline, although some sources recommend waiting until after age 10 or even age 12. Talk to your doc to find out what's right in your case (or your child's).

Minocycline Side Effects

  • Loss of balance
  • Tiredness
  • Sleepiness
  • Hair loss
  • Itching
  • Red skin rash

Minocycline and Birth Control

Minocycline can make your birth control less effective, so if you are taking birth control, talk to your doctor before you begin taking minocycline.

And consider using a back-up form of contraception, just to be safe.

Minocycline and Alcohol

You should avoid or limit drinking while taking minocycline.

Minocycline and Grapefruit Juice

It is not quite clear as to whether minocycline interacts with grapefruit juice, so to be safe, avoid eating grapefruit and drinking grapefruit juice while taking minocycline.

Tips for Using Minocycline

Try to take your medication at about the same times every day. It helps it work better when there is a constant amount in your bloodstream.

Take the entire course, even if your skin is looking better.

Don't lie down immediately after taking minocycline. Otherwise, it can irritate the esophagus, which is really painful.

Give it time. It won't happen instantaneously, but gradually you'll notice less redness and fewer breakouts altogether.