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Minocycline (Minocin) - Summary
Minocycline, marketed under the brand Minocin, is an antibacterial medication used in the treatment of acne and other infections when the causative agent is a bacteria proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria. People who might need a minocycline prescription can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe Minocin when appropriate to do so.
What Is Minocycline Used For?
Minocycline is a medication that acts as an antibacterial agent. Minocycline is similar to doxycycline and another antibiotic, tetracycline, and is a semisynthetic derivative of it. Minocycline has been seen to exert effects on aerobic gram positive and gram negative microorganisms as well as other types of microorganisms leading to its use in treating some types of skin conditions. Minocycline has been used to treat infections such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Q fever, and tick fevers caused by rickettsiae as well as some cases of acne. Minocycline, like other tetracyclines, is thought to affect protein synthesis in a bacteriostatic way. Minocycline is also being looked at in terms of potential effects on some viral conditions.
Minocycline - Dosage and Cost
As Minocin, minocycline is available as minocycline hydrochloride (minocycline HCl) equivalent to minocycline 100mg and minocycline 50mg doses. Serum concentrations after an oral dose of minocycline have been seen to reach peak levels in as little as 1 hour and minocycline capsules can be taken with or without food. Minocycline capsules should generally be stored between 20° C and 25° C and protected from moisture and heat. Minocycline 100 mg capsules are relatively affordable, costing approximately 70 cents per capsule at many pharmacies. The costs associated with a minocycline prescription may be covered by one's insurance plans. Also, minocycline coupons are also available online at times. Minocycline is sometimes available in an extended-release (ER) formulation.
Can I Buy Minocycline Online?
Minocycline is a strong antibacterial medication and requires a prescription before it can be dispensed by a pharmacy in the United States. One cannot simply buy minocycline online or get minocycline OTC (over the counter). The first step to getting a medication like minocycline 100 mg is to get a prescription, and Push Health is one way that people can connect with licensed medical providers who can prescribe minocycline when safe and appropriate to do so.
Minocycline - Side Effects
Minocycline can cause side effects when used. Side effects resulting from minocycline use include headache, dizziness, rash, photosensitivity, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Minocycline can cause tooth damage and should not be used during tooth development. Anyone with a hypersensitivity or allergy to minocycline, ingredients in the formulation or similar medications should not use minocycline. Minocycline and alcohol should not be used at the same time. Prior to using minocycline, it is necessary to discuss possible concerns and questions about possible side effects with a pharmacist and medical provider.
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Last updated May 29, 2020. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.