Minocin, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more than 40 years ago for the treatment of infections. Minocin may be prescribed to help control symptoms and prevent disease progression in mild cases of rheumatic arthritis. Minocin may be referred to by its drug name, Minocycline. Minocycline is also sold under the brand name Dynacin.
Minocin should not be taken by people who have had past hypersensitivity to tetracycline antibiotics. Minocin should not be used by pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers. Minocin should be used with caution in those with a history of liver impairment.
Minocin is an antibiotic of the tetracycline class. Minocin is also classed as a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). Minocin is believed to work in rheumatic arthritis by lowering levels of certain chemicals that promote inflammation.
How do I take it?
Minocin may be taken as a capsule twice a day, as an oral suspension, or given as an injection. Minocin may be taken orally with or without food. Minocin 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 Minocin and prevent the body from absorbing the full dose.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Minocin.
A study published in 2000 reviewed existing clinical trials of Minocycline (Minocin) 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 Minocin 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 Minocin 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 Minocin.