Minocin review

Minocin is a type of tetracycline antibiotic used in the treatment of bacterial infection. It is more commonly used in treatment of different kinds of urinary tract infections, skin infections, respiratory tract infections like sinusitis and pneumonia, gallbladder infections, and respiratory tract infections.

Adults are usually recommended with 100-200 milligrams for the initial dose, to be followed by 100 mg in the next 12 hours. Adolescents or those 13 years old and older are given Minocin depending on their body weight. Minocin is not recommended for children who are under 13 years old. It is also not to be taken along with antacids containing calcium, aluminum, and magnesium since they can reduce the effectiveness of Minocin.

Doctors can differ in giving dosage of Minocin for specific users depending on their body weight and medical conditions. It is important that users finish their dosing schedule even if they begin to feel better. In case a user misses a dose, immediately take it and proceed with the regular dosing schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose.

Minocin can come in hard shell and pellet-filled capsules varying in dosage – 50 mg and 100 mg.

Those who are allergic to tetracycline antibiotics should not use Minocin.

Minocin can cause some side effects, although these are mostly isolated cases. Some of the more common side effects are diarrhea, cramps of the stomach, itching of the genital area, and sore tongue or mouth.

In case of more serious but very rare side effects, users should check with their doctors as soon as possible –headache, abdominal pain, lack of appetite, blurred vision, yellowing of the skin, nausea and vomiting.

Women who are using birth control pills may experience breakthrough bleeding when they use Minocin. Birth control pills may likewise become less effective. Doctors usually advise that women use another type of birth control while using Minocin.

People who are suffering from liver diseases also have increased risks of side effects from taking this medication.

People who use Minocin can also experience headaches, dizziness, and loss of balance. Using more than what the doctor instructed can increase the severity and likelihood of these symptoms. People who use Minocin are also cautioned when they drive vehicles or use any hazardous machinery.

The use of antibiotics like Minocin may cause the overgrowth of organisms that are not killed by drugs. This can result to conditions like yeast infections to affect some women. In order to prevent this, it is advised that women eat yogurt regularly while taking Minocin.

Minocin can also lead to a serious case of diarrhea called pseudomembranous colitis.

Drugs and chemicals may have an effect on the effectiveness of Minocin such as alcohol, calcium supplements, antacid with magnesium, calcium, and aluminum, iron, potassium citrate, colestipol, cholestyramine, sodium bicarbonate, and phenytoin.

Other medications such as digoxin, birth control pills, insulin, penicillin, theophylline, and warfarin can also affect the effectiveness of Minocin.

Minocin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of minocin

• Molecular formula of minocin is C23H27N3O7
• Chemical IUPAC Name is (2E,4S,4aR,5aS,12aR)-2-(amino-hydroxy-methylidene)-4,7-bis(dimethylamino)-10,11,12a- trihydroxy-4a,5,5a,6-tetrahydro-4H-tetracene-1,3,12-trione
• Molecular weight is 457.477 g/mol
Minocin available : 50mg capsules, 75mg capsules, 100mg capsules, 75mg tablets

Generic name: Minocycline

Brand name(s): Arestin, Dynacin, Klinomycin, Minociclina, Minocyclin, Minocyclinum, Minocyn, Minomycin, Vectrin

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