Minocycline is used for treating certain infections. Minocycline capsules are a tetracycline antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of certain bacteria and allowing the body’s immune system to kill them.
The generic name is Minocycline Capsules (mi-noe-SYE-kleen). Dynacin and Minocin are brand names.
Minocin is used for treating certain infections. It may also be used with other medicines to treat severe acne or for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
How to use
Use Minocin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Some brands of Minocin may be taken with food. Others should be taken on an empty stomach. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about how to take your brand of Minocin.
Some brands of Minocin must be swallowed whole. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if your medicine is a brand that must be swallowed whole.
Take Minocin by mouth with or without food.
Take Minocin with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL). Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking Minocin.
If you also take bismuth salts (eg, bismuth subsalicylate), calcium salts (eg, calcium carbonate), colestipol, iron salts (eg, iron sulfate), magnesium, urinary alkalinizers (eg, daily antacids), sucralfate, vitamins/minerals, quinapril, didanosine, or zinc salts (eg, zinc sulfate), do not take them within 2 to 3 hours before or after taking Minocin. Check with your doctor if you have questions.
To clear up your infection completely, take Minocin for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days. Minocin works best if it is taken at the same time each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Minocin is a tetracycline antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of certain bacteria and allowing the body’s immune system to kill them.
If you miss a dose of Minocin, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Keep Minocin at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store it away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Minocin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
If you have any questions about Minocin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Minocin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.