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Generic Name: Minocycline Tablets (mi-noe-SYE-kleen)
Brand Name: Dynacin and Myrac

Myrac is used for:

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

Myrac 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 Myrac if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Myrac
  • you are taking acitretin, aluminum salts (eg, aluminum carbonate), isotretinoin, methoxyflurane, or penicillins

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

Before using Myrac :

Some medical conditions may interact with Myrac . 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 have kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Myrac . 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 Myrac 's effectiveness
  • Acitretin, anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), digoxin, ergot alkaloids and derivatives (eg, ergotamine), insulin, isotretinoin, methotrexate, methoxyflurane, or theophyllines because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Myrac
  • Penicillins, oral contraceptives (birth control pills), or live oral typhoid vaccine because their effectiveness may be decreased by Myrac

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Myrac 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 Myrac :

Use Myrac as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Myrac by mouth. Do not take Myrac with food or milk unless otherwise directed. Myrac is sometimes taken with food or milk to reduce stomach upset. However, certain foods and milk may bind with Myrac , preventing its full absorption. To avoid this problem, take Myrac 2 to 3 hours before or after milk or any food containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium.
  • If you also take bismuth salts (eg, bismuth subsalicylate), calcium salts (eg, calcium carbonate), colestipol, iron salts (eg, iron sulfate), magnesium, urinary alkalinizers (eg, daily antacids), sucralfate, vitamins/minerals, quinapril, didanosine, or zinc salts (eg, zinc sulfate), do not take them within 2 to 3 hours before or after taking Myrac . Check with your doctor if you have questions.
  • Take Myrac with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL). Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking Myrac .
  • To clear up your infection completely, take Myrac for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Myrac works best if it is taken at the same time each day.
  • If you miss a dose of Myrac , 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 Myrac .

Important safety information:

  • Myrac may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Myrac with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Myrac 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.
  • Myrac may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Myrac . Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • Myrac 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 Myrac before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Be sure to use Myrac 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 Myrac . To prevent pregnancy, use an extra form of birth control (eg, condoms).
  • Use Myrac with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Use Myrac with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 10 years old who have diarrhea or an infection of the stomach or bowel.
  • Myrac should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 8 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed. Using Myrac 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: Myrac 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 Myrac while you are pregnant. Myrac is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Myrac .

Possible side effects of Myrac :

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:

Changes in skin color; diarrhea; difficulty swallowing; dizziness; feeling of a whirling motion; lightheadedness; loss of appetite; nausea; sensitivity to sunlight; unsteadiness; vomiting.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bleeding or discharge from the gums; bloody stools; blurred vision; decreased hearing; headache; inflammation of the pancreas (stomach tenderness, nausea, vomiting, fever, increased pulse rate); pain, redness, or swelling in the mouth; painful sores in the mouth; redness or swelling of gums; ringing in the ears; severe diarrhea; severe skin reaction to the sun; stomach cramps/pain; vaginal irritation or discharge.

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.

Proper storage of Myrac :

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Myrac , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Myrac 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 Myrac . 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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