- Generic name: Minocycline
- Brand names: Dynacin, Minocin
- Drug class: Tetracycline antibiotic
What is Minocycline used for?
- Respiratory tract infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Skin infections, periodontitis
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Warnings & Precautions
- Do not take minocycline if you have history of allergic reaction
to any tetracycline antibiotic.
- Not recommended in children <8 years, pregnant women, and breast-feeding mothers. May cause discoloration of teeth and
problems with bone growth in young children and infants.
- Minocycline has been reported to cause rare life-threatening events, such as hypersensitivity syndrome reaction, serum
sicknesslike reaction, and lupus-like syndrome.
- -May cause blue-black pigmentation of gums, skin, and nails.
- May cause CNS symptoms such as light-headedness, dizziness, and vertigo.
Can you take Minocycline with milk?
Minocycline absorption is not affected by dairy products or other food. It may be taken without dietary restrictions.
Alternatives to Minocycline
Doxycycline hyclate is a cheaper and safer alternative
to minocycline. Both antibiotics are equally effective for acne. Their antimicrobial spectrum is very similar except for one
important aspect: minocycline has better antistaphylococcal activity.
If minocycline is contraindicated and you need a different prescription, you may consider
azithromycin, which also has anti-inflammatory properties.
- 1. Dynacin prescribing information. PDR. 59th Edition. Montvale, NJ: Thomson PDR, 2005, p. 1957-1960
Last updated: February, 2015