Minocycline hydrochloride extended-release tablets is a tetracycline-class drug used to treat pimples and red bumps (non-nodular inflammatory lesions) that happen with moderate to severe acne vulgaris in people 12 years and older. Minocycline hydrochloride extended-release tablets are not effective for acne that is not red-looking (non-inflammatory). It is not known if whether it is safe and effective for use longer than 12 weeks, for the treatment of infections, and in children under the age of 12 years.
Important Safety Information
- Do not use minocycline hydrochloride extended-release tablets (minocycline HCl ER tablets) if you are allergic to any of the tetracycline class of drugs. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of these drugs if you are not sure. Discontinue Minocycline HCl ER tablets right away if a rash or other allergic symptoms appear.
- Before taking Minocycline HCl ER tablets, tell your doctor if you have: kidney or liver problems, diarrhea or watery stools, vision problems or other medical conditions, or if you plan to have surgery with anesthesia.
- Tell your doctor about all your medications, as taking Minocycline HCl ER tablets with other medications can affect the way Minocycline HCl ER tablets or the other drugs work, especially birth control pills, blood thinners, and antacids. Minocycline HCl ER tablets should not be taken with penicillin antibiotics or with isotretinoin (Amnesteem, Claravis, Sotret).
- Taking Minocycline HCl ER tablets while pregnant may cause serious side effects on the growth of bone and teeth of your baby, so tell your doctor if you are nursing or pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking Minocycline HCl ER tablets, stop taking it and call your doctor. If you are male and your partner is trying to conceive, do not take Minocycline HCl ER tablets.
- Protect your skin from the sun. Avoid sunlight, sunlamps, and tanning beds as you may get severe sunburn. Avoid driving or operating dangerous machinery until you know whether Minocycline HCl ER tablets causes you to feel dizzy or light-headed, or a spinning feeling (vertigo).
- Severe irritation and bleeding in the colon (pseudomembranous colitis) have been reported with most antibiotics and can range from mild to life-threatening. Talk to your doctor if you have watery diarrhea, diarrhea that doesn’t go away, or bloody stools.
- Tell your doctor if you have symptoms of liver disease, including loss of appetite, tiredness, diarrhea, yellowing of skin or eyes, unexplained bleeding, confusion or sleepiness. Stop taking Minocycline HCl ER tablets and call your doctor if you have changes in your vision or unusual headaches, or if you get a fever, rash, joint pain or body weakness, as these could be signs of a serious condition.
- The most common side effects are headache, tiredness, dizziness and itching.
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