Minocin is an antibiotic. This medicine is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria. Minocin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Minocin can cause serious side effects. Tell your doctor if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
– severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody
– seizure (convulsions)
– kidney problems – little or no urinating, blood in your urine, swelling, rapid weight gain
– liver problems – nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
– nerve problems – numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands or feet
– low white blood cell counts – fever, chills, night sweats, mouth sores, pale skin, unusual weakness
Minocin should be taken with a full glass of water. Minocin can be taken with or without food. Minocin should be taken at the same time each day. Minocin Extended-Release Capsules should be swallowed whole. Do not crush, chew, or break the capsules. Minocin can cause you to sunburn more easily. Avoid sunlight or tanning beds. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors. Minocin can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormonal birth control (condom, diaphragm with spermicide).
Minocin can cause permanent yellowing or graying of the teeth in children younger than 8 years old. Minocin can also cause tooth discoloration and inflammation of the gums. These effects are more likely to occur if you take Minocin for a long time, or if you take certain other antibiotics such as tetracyclines. Minocin should not be used in children younger than 8 years old unless your doctor has told you to.