Minocycline, extended release (By mouth)
Treats acne in patients who are 12 years and older. This medicine is a tetracycline antibiotic.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to minocycline or to similar medicines (such as doxycycline, tetracycline). Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Do not give this medicine to children younger than 8 because it can permanently change tooth color.
How to Use This Medicine
Long Acting Tablet, Long Acting Capsule
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- You may take this medicine with or without food.This medicine could irritate your throat or esophagus. Take it with food to help with this problem.
- Swallow the capsule or tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
- This medicine is not for long-term use.
- This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using a penicillin antibiotic (such as amoxicillin, amoxicillin/clavulanate, penicillin, Amoxil®, Augmentin®), isotretinoin (Accutane®, Amnesteem®), methoxyflurane (Penthrane®), or a blood thinner (such as warfarin, Coumadin®, Jantoven®). Tell your doctor if you also take antacids containing aluminum, calcium, or magnesium (such as Maalox®, Mylanta®, Tums®), or iron supplements.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. The medicine may also cause birth defects if the father is using it when his sexual partner becomes pregnant. If a pregnancy occurs while you are using this medicine, tell your doctor right away.
- Birth control pills may not work as well while you are using minocycline. Use an additional form of birth control with your pills, such as condoms, a diaphragm, or contraceptive foam or jelly.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, diarrhea, or vision problems.
- If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea.It may occur 2 months or more after you stop taking this medicine.
- Check with your doctor right away if you have pain or tenderness in the upper stomach, pale stools, dark urine, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, or yellow eyes or skin. These could be symptoms of a serious liver problem.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or lightheaded. Do not drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
- This medicine may cause increased pressure in your head, which can lead to permanent vision loss. Check with your doctor right away if you have a severe headache, blurred vision, or any vision changes.
- Contact your doctor immediately if fever, rash, joint pain, or tiredness occurs. These could be symptoms of an autoimmune syndrome.
- This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
- Check with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse after 12 weeks of treatment.
- Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
- Change in how much or how often you urinate
- Dark-colored urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach, yellow skin or eyes
- Diarrhea that may contain blood
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches
- Headache, blurred vision or vision loss
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Red or black stools
- Swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in your neck, armpit, or groin
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Change in skin, nail, tooth, or gum color
- Sensitivity of your skin to sunlight
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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