Minocin is used in the treatment of acne vulgaris. It's an antibiotic that targets the actual bacteria that results in outbreaks. Most patients who take Minocin can expect a significant improvement in the appearance of skin as the medication reduces the spread of the acne infection and allows skin to heal, giving it an overall clearer appearance. Minocin is an acne treatment that can be used by most men and women over the age of 18 and carries with it a relatively low risk of side effects, compared to other acne treatments available.
Minocin oral treatment for acne is an antibiotic; therefore it targets the bacteria that cause acne directly. Its main function is to prevent the bacteria from spreading by preventing them from producing proteins. If the bacteria can't multiply, the infection can't spread, which means that it's naturally killed and brought under control by the immune system.
In particular it targets Propionibacterium acnes, which causes sebaceous glands to become inflamed and result in spots forming on the skin.
This is used safely by many people, although it's not normally recommended that you use this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an allergy to tetracycline antibiotics. You should also ensure that you tell your doctor if you are taking anticoagulants, penicillin or diuretics as these treatments aren't safe to use alongside Minocin and may increase your risk of serious side effects.
It comes in 100mg dose capsules that should be swallowed with a glass of water, preferably at the same time each day. These capsules can be taken with or without food, but taking it with food may reduce your chances of experiencing side effects such as nausea after taking it.
It can take time to work, so it's important to continue with treatment even if you aren't noticing any changes straight away. If however, you've completed your full course of treatment and there was no improvement in the appearance of your skin you should speak to your doctor and maybe consider an alternative medication.
Side effects are very rare, although they are a possibility with this treatment just like any other prescription medication. You should speak to your doctor if you start to notice any side effects that are bothering you. There is also a risk of an allergic reaction, which is highly unlikely, but in the event of such a reaction, immediate medical help should be sought.
The manufacturer of Minocin has discontinued this brand and production has been stopped. If you're unsure about alternatives to this treatment, you can complete an online consultation for one of our other acne treatments or visit a doctor in-person for further assistance.
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