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Minocycline is a pharmacy drug classified as a broad-spectrum tetracycline antibiotic. It works within the body to fight off bacteria. Physicians may prescribe or utilize minocycline for various infections of the urinary tract, respiratory system, and skin, as well as for tick fever, extreme or protracted acne, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and more. It is important to note that minocycline is not for use with viral infections such as the common cold or flu.


Minocycline comes in multiple forms for administration into the body such as oral tablets and capsules, medicated topical pledgets, injectable solutions, periodontal powders, and topical foams. Each form of delivery has its own set of instructions to follow for proper administration. Talk to your physician about the specific instructions for your form of minocycline and precisely follow his or her directions. Never take more than prescribed. Contact your physician if you have any questions throughout your course of using minocycline. Your compounding pharmacist will be happy to answer any general questions about the drug; contact your compounding pharmacy if you have questions.


Side effects may present while taking this drug. It is important to have a consultation with your physician about all possible side effects that may occur during your course so you will know how to respond accordingly, and to know which side effects require immediate attention. If you experience anything that persists or gets worse, see your physician right away. A list of some of the possible side effects is provided below for your convenience.

  • Stiffness of Muscles
  • Redness of Skin
  • Abnormal or Unusual Drowsiness
  • Bloating
  • Discoloration of Tooth or Teeth
  • Increased Sensitivity to Sunlight
  • Severe Sunburn
  • Indigestion
  • Hearing Loss
  • Constant, or Near Constant Ringing and/or Buzzing in Ear or Ears
  • Difficulty Moving
  • Hives
  • Welts

Side Effects Requiring Immediate Medical Attention:

Some side effects may be severe and require immediate medical attention. A list of some of these side effects is provided below. Always seek medical treatment immediately if you think you are experiencing any severe reaction, allergic or otherwise.

  • Bulging Soft Spot on Head (infant)
  • Lightheadedness
  • Eye Pain
  • Fast Heartbeat
  • Overall Tiredness or Weakness
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Skin Rash
  • Black and/or Tarry Stools
  • Blistering and/or Peeling Skin
  • Loosening Skin
  • Blood in Urine
  • Bloody Stool
  • Double Vision
  • Blurry Vision
  • Joint and/or Muscle Pain
  • Swelling (lips, face, eyelids, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs)
  • Low or No Appetite
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Red Skin Lesions (possibly with purple center)
  • Intense Headache
  • Chest Pain (possibly moving to left arm, or neck and shoulder)
  • Confusion
  • Sores and/or Ulcers and/or White Spots (lips or inside of mouth)
  • Trouble with or Difficulty Breathing
  • Unusual Bleeding
  • Abnormal Bruising
  • Overall Feeling of Discomfort
  • Feeling Very Ill
  • Abdominal or Stomach Pain (upper right side)
  • Serious or Severe Stomach Pain
  • Jaundice
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness (mild or extreme)


Minocycline is a potent antibiotic and should only be taken if prescribed by a doctor.

Patients considering the use of minocycline should not take this drug until they have been screened and examined by their doctor and he or she has deemed minocycline to be absolutely necessary for treatment.

Minocycline is contraindicated for anyone with a hypersensitivity to tetracyclines or any of the combined ingredients thereof.

Minocycline is strictly contraindicated for pregnancy. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

PLEASE NOTE: Use of minocycline in short-term duration while breastfeeding is generally considered safe; however, this is on a case by case basis and you should not take minocycline if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed until you have been specifically cleared to take it by your primary care physician.

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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA