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Oral Antibiotics: Minocycline
View the A-Detail™ on Minocycline (Minocin®).
How Do I Use This Medication?
This is best taken on an empty stomach. Food reduces its absorption by about 10% and milk reduces it by 33%. This drug is not used in a topical form. Minocycline should not be used if you are pregnant or if you are breast-feeding.
How Well Does It Work?
Helps reduce acne pimples by an average of 60%.
How Does It Work?
This is a bacteriostatic antibiotic, that is, it inhibits the growth of bacteria. It has an anti-inflammatory action, which is certainly important when treating conditions like acne.
It is used in the following conditions:
Some of its other uses include the following:
Will There Be Side Effects?
As with many other antibiotics, you may experience indigestion and abdominal upset.
Dizziness is a side effect that usually settles after a few days.
Skin pigmentation, particularly on the face and mucous membranes may occur with chronic use. Children under the age of 8 who are given this drug may see pigmentation of their teeth. However, this is rarely seen in adults.
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