medication information


We want to make sure you fully understand your treatment. 
Below outlines the directions, benefits, expectations, and risks with minocycline.

Minocycline is an antibiotic pill that is taken orally. It helps breakouts by killing acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammation in the skin.


Take the medication either once or twice daily as instructed by your dermatologist.

Tips to avoid side effects:

  • Take with food and a full glass of water. Do not take before lying down.
  • This medication can make you more sensitive to the sun. Apply a sunscreen every morning (at least SPF 30) and do not go tanning.

Risks to be aware of:

  • Common side effects include nausea, stomach upset, and increased sun sensitivity. Other side effects include diarrhea, vomiting, and yeast infections.
  • Minocycline can cause lightheadedness and dizziness during initial use. This should subside after 3-4 days.
  • Stop taking the medication and message your doctor if: the lightheadedness does not go away, you experience headaches with blurred vision, you have unusual joint pains and fatigue, you break out in hives or a rash, you have unusual darkening of the skin, or if you have any other unusual side effects.

Things to keep in mind:

  • You do NOT have to avoid milk or iron products when taking this medication.
  • While taking an oral antibiotic for several months is considered safe, our goal will be to stop it as soon as possible. It is very important to use your topical medicines consistently.

Allergy alert:

An allergic reaction to minocycline can be dangerous. Stop taking your medication immediately and seek emergency help if you experience any of the following effects of an allergic reaction:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

If you become pregnant while taking this medication, discontinue use immediately and message your doctor for an alternative.

Do not take if breastfeeding.

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