Dynacin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more than 40 years ago for the treatment of infections. Dynacin may be prescribed to help control symptoms and prevent disease progression in mild cases of rheumatic arthritis. Dynacin may be referred to by its drug name, Minocycline. Minocycline is also sold under the brand name Minocin.
Dynacin should not be taken by people who have had past hypersensitivity to tetracycline antibiotics. Dynacin should not be used by pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers. Dynacin should be used with caution in those with a history of liver impairment.
Dynacin is an antibiotic of the tetracycline class. Dynacin is also classed as a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). Dynacin is believed to work in rheumatic arthritis by lowering levels of certain chemicals that promote inflammation.
How do I take it?
Dynacin may be taken as a capsule twice a day, as an oral suspension, or given as an injection. Dynacin may be taken orally with or without food. Dynacin should be taken two to three hours before ingesting any medication or food rich in zinc, iron, magnesium, calcium, or aluminum. These substances, which may be found in antacids, dairy products, multivitamins, or enriched juice, bind with Dynacin and prevent the body from absorbing the full dose.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Dynacin.
A study published in 2000 reviewed existing clinical trials of Minocycline (Dynacin) for rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers concluded that Minocycline provides benefits for those with rheumatoid arthritis, especially when given in early stages or mild cases of the disease.
Common side effects of Dynacin include headache, fatigue, dizziness, change in color of skin, nails, and gums, nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea, yeast infection, and skin rash or itching.
If you experience more serious side effects, including chest pain, confusion, yellowing of the skin or eyes, muscle weakness, watery or bloody diarrhea, or joint pain with fever and swelling, stop using Dynacin and tell your doctor immediately.
Seek medical help immediately if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as trouble breathing, severe dizziness, a rash, or itching or swelling of the face, tongue, and throat while taking Dynacin.