IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
Minocin Oral Precautions
Before taking minocycline, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to tetracycline or related drugs (e.g., doxycycline); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- problems swallowing
- esophagus problems (e.g., hiatal hernia, reflux disease-GERD)
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using minocycline.
Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
This medication should not be used in children younger than 8 years of age because it may cause permanent tooth discoloration and other problems. Tooth discoloration has also occurred in older children and young adults. Consult your doctor for more information.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy because of possible harm to an unborn baby. It should not be used in women or men trying to have a child. Women of child-bearing age and men should use effective birth control while taking this medication. Consult your doctor for more details. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.
This medication passes into breast milk in very small amounts. While there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Minocin Oral Side Effects
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lightheadedness, dizziness, unsteadiness, drowsiness, mild headache, mouth sores, or cough may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:
- sunburn (sun sensitivity)
- muscle pain
- difficult/painful swallowing
- change in the amount of urine
- pink urine
- brown/gray tooth discoloration
- blue/gray/brown discoloration of the skin/lips/tongue/gums
- numbness/tingling of the hands/feet
- unusual tiredness
- new signs of infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat)
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:
CONDITIONS OF USE: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.
Information last revised February 2011 Copyright(c) 2011 First DataBank, Inc.