Minocin and the generic Minocycline is a prescription strength tetracycline antibiotic that is provided in a pill format, and should be taken by mouth with or without food. Minocin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribed for certain skin infections, urinary tract infections, and respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis. If you are having trouble controlling acne, your doctor may recommend a prescription to buy Minocin. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Skin, urinary, and respiratory infections usually develop when harmful bacteria enter the body and begin reproducing faster than the immune system is able to target them. Minocin is referred to as being bacteriostatic, meaning it stops their growth so the bacteria population decreases but they are not killed by the drug.
When taken as instructed, Minocin will work as a protein synthesis inhibitor as it interferes with the production of a particular protein that is essential for the bacteria to be able to grow and multiply. Once this process is interrupted, the number of bacteria will begin to dwindle and your immune system will be able to handle the destruction of any remaining bacteria.
Minocycline has been an effective medication for treating those with Lyme disease. The tick that carries Lyme disease is called the Ixodes tick and has been found in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Europe and Asia. When bitten by this tick, the bacteria it carries within is then transferred and introduced into your bloodstream. With early detection of Lyme disease, you can take Minocin as directed to prevent the bacteria from multiplying and spreading. The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to be “tick aware” when you are hiking, hunting, or camping in wooded or grassy areas.
Tell your doctor if you pregnant, trying to conceive, or are breast feeding as Minocin can cause harm to your unborn and nursing baby. Until you know how Minocin will affect you, avoid taking part in activities that may be considered unsafe if you are not alert. Advise your doctor of other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any OTC and Rx drugs, herbal remedies, and vitamin or dietary supplements you currently take or use to determine if Minocin is the right drug for you.
Minocin should be taken at least 2 hours before meals as some food or dairy products reduce the drugs absorption. If you take antacids, tell your doctor which type you use as some can make Minocin less effective. Your skin can become more sensitive to exposure to sunlight so wear a good sunscreen and appropriate outerwear to avoid a sunburn.