Minocin (Minocycline Oral Suspension)

Name: Minocin (Minocycline Oral Suspension)

Uses of Minocin

  • It is used to treat or prevent bacterial infections.
  • It is used to treat pimples (acne).
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

How is this medicine (Minocin) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Use as you have been told, even if your signs get better.
  • Take Minocin (minocycline oral suspension) at the same time of day.
  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Do not take products that have iron in them or products like antacids that have aluminum, calcium, or magnesium in them at the same time as this medicine. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
  • Shake well before use.
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with Minocin. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure this medicine.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of a pancreas problem (pancreatitis) like very bad stomach pain, very bad back pain, or very bad upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Sore throat.
  • Change in hearing.
  • Joint pain or swelling.
  • Muscle pain or weakness.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Seizures.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Trouble swallowing.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Chest pain.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Swelling.
  • Change in color of nails, skin, eyes, scars, teeth, or gums to a darker color.
  • Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
  • Redness or white patches in mouth or throat.
  • Rectal irritation.
  • Genital irritation.
  • Vaginal itching or discharge.
  • It is common to have diarrhea when taking Minocin. Rarely, a very bad form of diarrhea called Clostridium difficile (C diff)–associated diarrhea (CDAD) may occur. Sometimes, this has led to a deadly bowel problem (colitis). CDAD may happen while you are taking this medicine or within a few months after you stop taking it. Call your doctor right away if you have stomach pain or cramps, very loose or watery stools, or bloody stools. Do not try to treat loose stools without first checking with your doctor.
  • Raised pressure in the brain has happened with Minocin. Most of the time, this will go back to normal after this medicine is stopped. Sometimes, loss of eyesight may happen and may not go away even after Minocin is stopped. Call your doctor right away if you have a headache or eyesight problems like blurred eyesight, seeing double, or loss of eyesight.

If OVERDOSE is suspected

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Minocin or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Minocin (minocycline oral suspension). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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