|Minocin MR||minocycline||Generic||United Kingdom||100mg||56 Capsules||DR||$87.75||Add|
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Minocin MR (minocycline) is a broad-spectrum tetracycline antibiotic used to treat acne in teenagers and adults. It should not be used in patients under age 12 without explicit doctor approval.
The MR in this product stands for Modified Release, which means this particular formulation releases its active ingredient slower than standard tablets. Thus Minocin MR tablets can be taken just once per day rather than the usual 2 to 4 times per day with regular Minocin tablets. While this method works well for acne, it may not be ideal in other conditions typically treated by the faster-acting version of this antibiotic.
What to Expect from Treatment
The bacterium associated with acne, Propionibacterium acnes, occurs naturally on the human skin; more specifically it dwells within pores, where it feeds on sebum. Acne develops when P. acnes levels become unbalanced, which can happen for a number of reasons; blocked pores are a common cause but there are many other factors that can contribute to a P. acnes population boom. The condition is often further complicated by the presence of other bacteria which are not typically found on healthy skin.
Minocin MR is a bacteriostatic agent, meaning it works by inhibiting the bacteria's ability to reproduce and spread, allowing the body's natural immune defenses to combat the bacteria without becoming overwhelmed. The medication may be used on its own or in combination with other acne-fighting treatments.
In most cases treatment is quite simple:
Acne is notoriously slow to respond to antibiotic treatment. It usually takes several weeks of treatment before significant results are seen, and it may take several months; this is understandably frustrating for individuals impatient for clear skin. Keep in mind, however, that medications like Minocin MR treat the deeper, underlying issue, so are ultimately worth the wait. Faster-acting treatments that improve skin over the short-term can usually be used in the interim while waiting for Minocin MR to produce results. Check with a doctor or pharmacist first to ensure there will be no drug interactions.
Many patients find 6 weeks of treatment sufficient. If some improvement is seen after 6 weeks but the condition is not fully cleared up, treatment may be extended for up to 6 months. If the condition persists after 6 months of treatment, alternative medications should be considered. Occasionally treatment with Minocin MR does continue past 6 months; in these cases it's important to attend regular doctor checkups to monitor for any developing side effects.
Precautions & Side Effects
Note that Minocin MR should not be used past its expiration date. While most medications simply lose potency past expiration, tetracyclines like Minocin MR become increasingly toxic and can cause serious kidney damage.
Treatment with this or any other antibacterial, antiviral, or antifungal medication should be completed as directed even if symptoms disappear. Failure to fully complete treatment contributes to resistant organisms.
Minocin MR can interact with a wide range of supplements and other medications, including many common over-the-counter products like antacids, vitamins, and other antibiotics. These interactions can significantly reduce the effectiveness of one or more of the medications involved. In the interest of maximizing Minocin MR's effectiveness and minimizing potential complications, check with a doctor or pharmacist before taking any other medications or supplements during treatment.
Most people take Minocin MR without any side effects; when side effects are experienced, they're typically mild. Most commonly reported are:
Note that because of the increased sensitivity to sunlight, Minocin MR may not be the best choice for individuals with Lupus.
Minocin MR should not be taken while pregnant or breastfeeding without explicit doctor approval.