Minocin is a semi-synthetic antibiotic from the group of tetracycline, which is used to treat various diseases. The infections that can be treated with Minocin are as follows:
Leprosy (as a part of complex therapy);
Infectious and inflammatory diseases caused by minocycline-sensitive pathogens (including pneumonia and many other infections).
Your doctor will notify you about the list of appropriate antibiotics, which will be effective for treatment of your disease.
Mode of Application
It is desirable to determine the sensitivity to the drug or microflora that caused the disease in this patient, prior to getting a prescription. Doses are set individually, depending on severity of the infection and sensitivity of microorganisms to the drug. That is why it is extremely important to discuss the possibility of Minocin intake with your healthcare provider.
An average initial dose of the drug for adults is 0.2 g; afterwards it should be 0.1 g taken every 12 hours. Children older than 8 years old are prescribed with an initial dose of 4 mg/kg of body weight, further – 2 mg/kg body weight every 12 hours. Therapy should be continued at least 24-48 hours after the improvement of the patient’s condition (disappearance of symptoms and decrease in temperature).
In case of syphilis infection, Minocin is prescribed in the initial dose of 0.2 g, later – 0.1 g every 12 hours for 10-15 days. In case of gonorrhea the duration of treatment is at least 7 days. When there is a meningococcal carriage (presence of meningitis agent in the body without any symptoms of the disease), the drug is prescribed in a dose of 0.1 g every 12 hours for 5 days. The drug should be taken 1 hour before meals or 2 hours after meals. Patients with severe renal and/or hepatic impairment should be prescribed with a lower dose.
Some adverse reactions of treatment with Minocin include, but are not limited to following:
Possible anorexia (lack of appetite);
Dysphagia (swallowing disorder);
Increased activity of liver enzymes in the blood;
Papular and erythematous rashes (skin rash types);
Increased skin sensitivity to sunlight (excessive sunburns are possible);
Reactions of hypersensitivity: urticaria, arthralgia.
Development of anaphylactic (allergic) shock is possible (rarely). There may be headache and dizziness, which can disappear on their own during the continuation of treatment, as well as immediately when it is finished. If the first signs of cutaneous erythema occur, treatment with the drug should be stopped.
They include hypersensitivity to tetracyclines and pregnancy. The medication is not prescribed to children under 8 years old. If there was an episode of an allergic reaction during the treatment with antibiotics, you should notify your doctor about that. He/she will decide whether it is possible to use Minocin for you and what the risk-benefit ratio is in this case.