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All about: Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules

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Generic Name: Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules (min-oh-SYE-kleen)
Brand Name: Minocin

Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules is used for:

Treating infection caused by certain bacteria. It may be used with other medicines to treat severe acne or intestinal amoeba infection. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules is a tetracycline antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of certain bacteria and allowing the body's immune system to destroy them.

Do NOT use Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules
  • you are taking acitretin, an aluminum salt (eg, aluminum carbonate), isotretinoin, methoxyflurane, or a penicillin

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules:

Some medical conditions may interact with this medicine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you are younger than 9 years old and have diarrhea or an infection in your intestines or stomach
  • if you have asthma, kidney or liver problems, or lupus

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Aluminum salts (eg, aluminum carbonate) or cimetidine because they may decrease Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules's effectiveness
  • Acitretin, anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), digoxin, ergot alkaloids (eg, ergotamine), insulin, isotretinoin, methotrexate, methoxyflurane, or theophyllines because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules
  • Hormonal contraceptives (eg, birth control pills), live oral typhoid vaccine, or Penicillinsbecause their effectiveness may be decreased by Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules:

Use Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Take Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules by mouth on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.
  • Swallow Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
  • Take Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL). Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules.
  • If you also take antacids containing aluminum, calcium, or magnesium; bismuth salts (eg, bismuth subsalicylate); colestipol; iron salts (eg, iron sulfate); urinary alkalinizers (eg, sodium bicarbonate); sucralfate; vitamins/minerals; quinapril; didanosine; or zinc salts (eg, zinc sulfate), do not take them within 2 to 3 hours before or after taking Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules. Check with your doctor if you have questions.
  • To clear up your infection completely, take Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules works best if it is taken at the same times each day.
  • If you miss a dose of Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules.

Important safety information:

  • Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or lightheadedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules may discolor the skin, teeth, scars, or gums.
  • Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
  • Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
  • Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Be sure to use Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Hormonal birth control (eg, birth control pills) may not work as well while you are using Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules. To prevent pregnancy, use an extra form of birth control (eg, condoms).
  • Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, and blood counts, may be performed while you use Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Use Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 10 years old who have diarrhea or an infection of the stomach or bowel.
  • Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 8 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed. Using Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules in CHILDREN younger than 8 years old or in women during the last half of pregnancy may cause a permanent change in the tooth coloring of the child.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules while you are pregnant. Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules.

Possible side effects of Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; indigestion; lightheadedness; loss of appetite; nausea; sore mouth, throat, or tongue; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty swallowing or breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody stools; blurred vision; change in the amount of urine produced; fever; hearing problems; joint pain; inflammation of the pancreas (increased pulse, nausea, stomach tenderness, vomiting); rectal or genital irritation; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe or persistent headache; severe skin reaction to the sun; severe, watery diarrhea; stomach pain or cramps; swollen glands; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; vaginal irritation or discharge; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include severe or persistent dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.

Proper storage of Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules:

Store Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed, light-resistant container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Minocycline Pellet-Filled Capsules. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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