We want to make sure you fully understand your treatment. Below outlines the directions, benefits and risks with minocycline.
Minocycline is an oral antibiotic used by dermatologists to treat acne, rosacea and folliculitis.
Dermatologists use oral antibiotics to calm inflammation and clear acne while topical treatments take effect. Minocycline should always be used alongside topical treatment. Continued topical treatment is essential to keep skin clear once minocycline is stopped.
☀️ Always wear sunscreen. Minocycline increases sun sensitivity.
❌ Do not take with calcium or iron supplements. You should avoid taking these supplements within 2 hours of ingesting minocycline. However, there are no food interactions of concern.
⏱ Remain upright for one hour after taking minocycline. This will help prevent inflammation of the esophagus and chest pain.
🥪 May be taken with food to reduce stomach upset.
💊 Consider taking a probiotic. This can help prevent yeast infections and maintain healthy gut bacteria.
Common side effects include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, hives, yeast infections and increased sun sensitivity. Prolonged use of minocycline can cause skin discoloration.
Rarely, minocycline can cause liver injury, lupus-like hypersensitivity reactions and pseudotumor cerebri (increased internal brain pressure).
Mild dizziness is common when first starting minocycline and usually subsides within one week. Taking your medication at night may help reduce this side effect.
Stop taking the medication and message your doctor if you experience extreme dizziness, your dizziness does not go away, you experience headaches with blurred vision, unusual joint pains and fatigue, hives or a rash, unusual darkening of the skin, or any other unusual side effects.
Do not take minocycline if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, discontinue use immediately and message your doctor for an alternative treatment option.