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Dr. Samuel Tisherman
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Minocycline (Overview)

Treats pimples and red bumps in acne patients who are 12 years of age and older. This medicine is a tetracycline antibiotic. Minocycline (minocin) is used to treat infections, such as urinary tract infections, acne and chlamydia.


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What is minocycline? And what is it used for?

What is minocycline? And what is it used for?

Minocycline: Is a broad-spectrum tetracycline antibiotic, a long-acting one used mainly to treat acne.

Dr. Samuel Tisherman
379 Doctors shared insights

Minocycline (Overview)

Treats pimples and red bumps in acne patients who are 12 years of age and older. This medicine is a tetracycline antibiotic. Minocycline (minocin) is used to treat infections, such as urinary tract infections, acne and chlamydia.


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Please describe the medication: minocycline?

Please describe the medication: minocycline?

Antibiotic: Treats pimples and red bumps in acne patients who are 12 years of age and older. This medicine is a tetracycline antibiotic. Minocycline (minocin) is used to treat infections, such as urinary tract infections, acne and chlamydia.

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Initially my derm prescribe tetracycline with prednisolone, acne flare up, now she prescibe minocycline and xepasone. I cannot take accutane. What next?

Initially my derm prescribe tetracycline with prednisolone, acne flare up, now she prescibe minocycline and xepasone. I cannot take accutane. What next?

What next?: What do you mean exactly? Is the new regimen not working? Besides the medication, you could add fish oil 3 grams a day. Omega 3s are very important against acne. It wouldn't hurt and may help quite a bit.

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Would it be good to use mylan-minocycline for acne?

Would it be good to use mylan-minocycline for acne?

Let me help: Minocycline and Doxycycline are frequently used for the treatment of acne vulgaris. Both of these closely related antibiotics have similar levels of efficacy, although Doxycycline has a slightly lower risk of adverse side effects.

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Can minocycline work as HIV preventive?

Can minocycline work as HIV preventive?

False myths!: No. Not in any way. This is a false and dangerous myth.

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Is it safe to take minocycline and vitamin b 5 together?

Yes: It is safe to take Minocycline and vitamin b5 together; there are no known interactions. I advise anyone taking Minocycline to also take probiotics including sacchromyces boulardii.

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Could you tell me what happens if you take 2 tablets of expired minocycline?

Expired minocycline: Minocycline belongs to a class of antibiotics called tetracyclines. Expired tetracycline class antibiotics have to be discarded because they can become toxic and can result in kidney damage. Please call call 1-800-222-1222 american association of poison control centers as soon as possible.

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Is being constantly tired a side effect of minocycline?

Is being constantly tired a side effect of minocycline?

No: You can get nausea, diarrhea, yeast infection, jaundice, hives. At high doses you can get dark-blue areas of skin or gums. Fatigue may be due to sleep deprivation or about 5000 different causes. See your dr. You may need exam & blood tests.

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Which acne medication is more effective with less side effects? Minocycline 100mg tablets or apo-doxy 100mg.

Which acne medication is more effective with less side effects? Minocycline 100mg tablets or apo-doxy 100mg.

Acne Medications: Both doxy and Minocycline are effective for acne so it really depends on the patient as some patients respond better to one of the medication. Doxy, however, makes the patient more sun sensitive.

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Just went off taking minocycline for one week for acne 3 days ago. After going off it gave me diarrhea/upset stomach. How long will it last?

Just went off taking minocycline for one week for acne 3 days ago. After going off it gave me diarrhea/upset stomach. How long will it last?

Usually short lived: Usually from taking the minocycline, not from coming off of it. Now that you stopped the minocycline, it should resolve. Contact your doctor if it persists more than a few days to rule out c diff.

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Been on 100mg of minocycline a day for 3 months now. How long can I stay on this? Any side effects from bring on so long?

Been on 100mg of minocycline a day for 3 months now. How long can I stay on this? Any side effects from bring on so long?

Maybe: Long term abx can cause a few things to happen. As the number ; kind of bacteria in your GI tract change, it can cause diarrhea etc. Also, it selects resistant bacteria: all that are susceptible die out, and the ones that aren't proliferate. That said, many infection-causing bacteria are already resistant to tetracyclines. Most ppl can take Minocycline for years w/o any major side effects.

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I have serious discoloration under my eyes because minocycline. It's pitch black. Is there any way to treat this? It has impaired by life in every

I have serious discoloration under my eyes because minocycline. It's pitch black. Is there any way to treat this? It has impaired by life in every

Discoloration: The dark discoloration is not likely due to the medication. Try cool compresses, artificial tears, allergy meds, improve hydration, increase sleep, and reduce alcohol intake/stress. If no improvement, you can try makeup concealer, laser skin therapy, dermal filler or other therapies. See an eye doctor.

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I'm on 75mg of Minocycline for acne and was just prescribed 825mg of amoxicillin. Are these two okay to be taken together? Dr said it was ok

I'm on 75mg of Minocycline for acne and was just prescribed 825mg of amoxicillin. Are these two okay to be taken together? Dr said it was ok

Your doctor: Probably wanted to broaden the spectrum of the antibiotic treatment. Talk to your doctor before using minocycline together with amoxicillin. Combining these medications may reduce the effectiveness of amoxicillin. Your doctor may be able to prescribe alternatives that do not interact. Best!

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How much does birth control decrease with minocycline?

How much does birth control decrease with minocycline?

If u are on: Antibiotics you need to use back up, and if you are on that long term for acne you should consider something else from yoru dermatologist that is in my opinion not good to be on long term.

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Many cogent journals have recently reported minocycline as possibly effective in schizophrenia. What is your opinion regarding this novel approach?

Serendipity: From my reading, minocycline has been found empirically to help many schizophrenics with their negative symptoms -- the apathy and withdrawal that are often so painful for themselves and those who love them. Ask the treating psychiatrist whether this is worth a try.