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How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Minocycline exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take Minocycline at regular intervals as instructed. Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.
Minocycline may be taken with or without food. Take it after meals if you experience any gastric discomfort.
If you have been given the pellet-filled capsules, take them on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal; this will help improve the absorption of the medication. These capsules should be swallowed whole, do not open or crush them.
Shake the oral suspension well before use to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed.
Take Minocycline with a full glass of plain water. Take it in a sitting or standing position. Do not take it while lying down and do not lie down for at least half an hour after swallowing it.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (also known as SLE or lupus), or a muscular disorder called myasthenia gravis.
If you are being treated with Minocycline for STD, you should follow your doctor's advice on ways to prevent passing the disease to others. You should also avoid sexual contact until the doctor certifies that you are cleared of the infection.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction (breathlessness, rashes, swollen eyes) to similar antibiotics such as doxycycline, lymecycline, oxytetracycline and tetracycline.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or become pregnant while being treated with Minocycline. Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Do not give Minocycline to children unless directed by the doctor.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Do not take Minocycline with dairy products (for example milk, cheese, yoghurt or ice-cream) as they could reduce the effectiveness of Minocycline. Take Minocycline at least 2 hours before or after you have taken any dairy products.
Why do I need this medicine?
Minocycline is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the lung, skin, genitals and bladder. It is also used to treat acne, brain infection and sexually-transmitted diseases (STD).
Minocycline belongs to a group of antibiotics called the tetracyclines.
What side effects could I experience?
Minocycline may cause drowsiness or dizziness. If you feel drowsy or dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Minocycline may cause diarrhoea, nausea & stomach discomfort. These side effects are usually temporary. If you have diarrhoea, drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost. However, if you have severe diarrhoea or diarrhoea with severe stomach cramps or bloody stools, alert your doctor.
If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.
Minocycline may cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid direct and prolonged exposure to the sun and other forms of ultraviolet (UV) light like tanning beds or sun lamps.
Minocycline may cause other side effects. Consult your doctor if you have unusual problems while taking this medicine.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.
The oral suspension can be stored at room temperature of up to 25Â°C; do not freeze it otherwise it will become less effective.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Do not take Minocycline together with antacids, multivitamins, calcium pills, iron pills or laxatives containing magnesium. These medicines may reduce the effectiveness of Minocycline. Take Minocycline at least 2 hours before or after these medicines.
Alert your doctor if you are taking the following medicines:
- penicillin antibiotics such as amoxicillin
- isotretinoin, acitretin (acne medicines)
- rifampicin (a TB medicine)
Inform your doctor if you are taking birth control pills during treatment for acne. Minocycline may decrease its effectiveness. You may wish to discuss additional birth control methods with your doctor or pharmacist.
Always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal medicines and medicines that you buy without a prescription.