- Fights against acne causing bacteria
- Works within 6 - 8 weeks
- Visibly reduces ance, redness and inflammation
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What is Minocycline?
Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that fights off infection in the body.
It is sometimes sold under the brand name Minocin MR (modified release).
You may only purchase this medicine if you have a prescription from your doctor.
You can buy Minocin online at Medicine Direct via our online pharmacy, either as 56 tablets or 112 tablets. The dosage is 100mg and it will be prescribed to you after an online consultation with one of our certified doctors.
What is Minocycline used to treat?
Minocycline (Minocin MR) is commonly used to treat acne and other bacterial infections.
It can also be used in cases of sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhoea and syphilis, as well as common infections like bladder infections, skin infections, severe acne and tick fever.
Who can take Minocycline?
Minocycline is used to treat acne in adults over the age of 18. While it is generally safe to take, Minocycline may not be suitable for everyone.
Before your doctor gives you a prescription to use this medicine, you should let them know if you have any of these conditions:
- Asthma or a sulfite allergy
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
This medicine should not be used if you are pregnant. If you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are trying to get pregnant, you should inform your doctor. The medicine could harm your baby and possibly cause permanent tooth discolouration later in life.
Whether you are a man or woman, you should use an effective contraception before you buy Minocin MR.
Minocycline can influence how well birth control pills work, so you should speak to your doctor about using a non-hormonal contraceptive, such as spermicide, to help prevent pregnancy while taking Minocycline.
Similarly, this is not a suitable treatment for anyone who is currently breastfeeding.
Children should not take this medicine unless they have been specifically instructed to do so by their doctor.
Possible Side Effects
As with all medicines, Minocycline comes with the risk of side effects.
Not everyone will suffer from side effects while taking Minocycline, but you should seek medical attention if you suffer from any of these reactions while taking the medicine:
- Numbness or pins and needles
- Hair loss
- A headache
- Feeling sick or loss of appetite
- Dizziness or a spinning sensation
- Discolouration of your nails or skin
- A cough
Please note, this list is not exhaustive. For more serious side effects, please refer to the Side Effects tab on this page.
Always read the information leaflet thoroughly to see the full list of adverse effects you may experience.
This medicine may cause dizziness, so if you do suffer from this reaction to taking it, you are advised not to drive, ride a bike or operate any machinery until you have either consulted a doctor or the dizziness has completely subsided.
Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to take Minocycline.
Take the medicine exactly as instructed by your doctor.
Take one tablet each day, at the same time every day.
Minocycline tablets should always be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
It should be taken on an empty stomach, which is normally one hour before food and at least two hours after food.
If you are using any indigestion remedies, these should not be taken at the same time as Minocycline (Minocin MR).
Leave at least two hours between the two medicines.
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Minocycline.
How long will I need to take it for?
If you are taking Minocycline (Minocin MR) to treat acne, you will likely need to take it for a minimum of 8 weeks.
Your treatment will be assessed after 3 months, to see how effective Minocycline has been at treating your symptoms.
Depending on how effective the medication has been, you may be required to take Minocycline for up to 6 months.
Even if your symptoms begin to improve, you should not stop taking Minocycline (Minocin MR). Acne may flare up again if you cease taking the medication before your course of treatment is complete.
What if I take more than I should?
You should contact your doctor or pharmacist if you become worried or take more than one extra dose.
Never increase the dose of a prescribed medicine unless a doctor has instructed you to do so.
What if I forget to take it?
If you forget to take a dose, don't worry; just take it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for your next dose, you should skip the missed dose and just continue to take Minocycline as usual.
Never double dose a medicine in an attempt to make up for a missed dose.
To avoid taking too much Minocycline (Minocin MR) or forgetting to take it, you should try to take the dose at the same time every day; this will get you into a routine. Some people find it beneficial to set an alarm to remind them.
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Minocycline Side Effects
The more common side effects of taking Minocycline (Minocin MR) can be found on the main page.
In rare cases, you may experience more serious side effects while taking this medication.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately:
- Loss of appetite, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, bruising, bleeding, dark urine, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (these could be signs of liver or pancreas problems)
- Severe headaches
- Ringing of the ears
- Vision problems
- Pain behind the eyes
- Swollen glands
- Flu-like symptoms
- A cough and fever
- Inflammation of the pancreas
- Inflammation of the bowel
- Raised pressure within the skull
In some cases, you may suffer a severe allergic reaction to taking this medicine; if this happens, you may require immediate treatment in hospital.
Call 999 or go to A&E immediately if you have any of the following while using Minocycline (Minocin MR):
- Difficulty speaking or breathing
- Tightness in the chest or throat
- A skin rash that is red, itchy, blistering, peeling or swollen
- Swelling of the face, tongue, lips, mouth or throat
- You are wheezing
Always read the patient information leaflet and the instructions on your prescription before you start to take any medicine, to limit the risk of side effects occurring.
Only purchase this medicine from a UK registered pharmacy like Medicine Direct.
Minocycline Warnings and drug interactions
Minocycline (Minocin MR) may interact with other drugs you are currently taking, whether they are to treat acne or another condition altogether.
You should always make sure you inform your doctor of any other medicines you are already taking before you use another medication. These include prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, supplements and any herbal remedies.
Antibiotics may cause diarrhoea, which can sometimes be the sign of a new infection. If you have watery or bloody diarrhoea, you must speak to your doctor; do not use any anti-diarrhoea medicine unless advised to do so by your doctor.
This medicine can make you sunburn more easily, so you should wear sunscreen and cover your skin if you go out in the sun. You should also avoid using tanning beds.
For two hours before and after taking this medicine, you should avoid taking antacids, multivitamins, laxatives or any supplements that contain calcium, magnesium, or iron. Any of these medicines can make it more difficult for Minocycline to be absorbed into your body properly, thus making it harder for the drug to take effect properly.
Other drugs you should avoid while taking Minocycline include:
- Blood thinners like Warfarin
- Ergot medicines
- Any antibiotics that contain Penicillin
This list is not exhaustive. You must always read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medicine, for the full list of drugs that can interact with Minocycline.
If you have any concerns, questions or doubts at all, do not hesitate to ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice, before you start to take this medicine to treat acne or any other condition.
If you order Minocycline online, you should only do so from a registered online pharmacy like Medicine Direct. This will ensure the drugs you order are genuine and safe to use.
Preganancy and breastfeeding
Minocycline is not indicated for use during preganacy and breastfeeding due to the effects on infants. Always speak to your doctor if you are planning to become preganat or intend to breastfeed. Learn more about taking minocycline during preganacy and breastfeeding.
The active ingredient in Minocin MR is minocycline hydrochloride 100mg.
Also contained in this medicine is: microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, povidone, iron oxide red (E172), iron oxide yellow (E172), silica colloidal anhydrous, magnesium stearate, hypromellose phthalate, triethyl citrate, carnauba wax, gelatin, Opadry OY-S-24932 pink which contains hypromellose 2910, macrogol 6000, titanium dioxide (E171), talc, iron oxide red (E172).
Updated on: 21/05/2021
Published on: 12/10/2020
This content has been written by James Nuttall and has been medically reviewed by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh.
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