What is Minocycline?
Minocycline is a medical medication used in the treatment of several bacterial infections like urinary tract infections, conjunctivitis, acne and other skin infections, the treatment of anthrax and sometimes, gum infections. Likewise, a dose of minocycline can effectively treat incidences of cholera and other respiratory infections. Despite of the numerous medical advantages of minocycline, minocycline side effects are inevitable.
What is Minocycline used for?
Minocycline acne treatments belong to the same class as doxycycline and tetracycline treatments.
In fact, minocycline is a derivative of tetracycline antibiotics. Taken orally, it has both an anti-bacterial effect as well as an anti-inflammatory effect.
So, it reduces the redness and swelling of pimples. It is used for severe acne, and is quite safe, although the same cautions apply as for tetracycline with regards possibly thrush and sensitivity to sun – make sure you take a strong acidophilus supplement otherwise vitamins that are absorbed in the bowel (like the b vitamins) may not be; and protect your skin from the sun.
Does Minocycline work for acne?
You might be sceptical, as there are so many shoddy treatments and outrageous claims regarding pimples. And acne has medical science a bit mystified too, when it comes to finding a permanent cure. But this acne treatment has a 3-year proven track record with many, many satisfied and acne free customers. The good news is that it clears up current outbreaks as well as preventing new ones.
What are the Minocycline side effects?
Whilst generally safe, minocycline treatments can cause side effects. Two serious, though fairly rare, side effects are hypersensitivity lupus/hepatitis and pseudotumor cerebri. The first causes severe joint pains, and the second, which is an accumulation of fluid around the brain, causes worsening headaches and vision related problems.
Some of the other Minocycline side effects are the following:
• Bleeding of some body parts like vagina, nose, rectum and the mouth
• Difficulty in coughing or breathing
• Discoloration of fingernails
• Appetite loss
• Change in urine color, usually darkened urine
• Skin bruising
• Pain in the eyes
• In women, there is an unusual vaginal discharge or itching
• Mild nausea or vomiting
• Yellowish skin
• Swollen tongue
Aside from the enumerated minocycline side effects, medical researches which were conducted by the leading medical hospitals in Switzerland, had found out that minocycline side effects can cause “Sweet Syndrome”, This is a medical condition pertaining to the sudden appearance of red nodules in the body of the patient who is regularly taking minocycline, as prescribed by his or her doctors. Likewise, minocycline side effects include lupus severe or acute respiratory problems like hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
What are the precautions regarding Minocycline?
For pregnant women, they must not take minocycline because it can adversely harm your unborn baby as one of the minocycline side effects. In addition, minocycline side effects can minimally reduce the effects of birth control pills. If you are still unaware of this medical findings, minocycline side effects can cause bone and tooth developmental problems in the future because minocycline combines with breast milk in a nursing mom.
In this regard, it is wise for pregnant women to tell their doctors that they are using the breastfeeding method for their babies. In this way, your doctors will be guided accordingly to avoid minocycline side effects.
As minocycline can build up in the body, turning dark purple and looking like bruises, minocycline treatments are not high dosage for long periods of time. Taking 500mg of vitamin C twice daily will help with pigmentation problems, but it is important to be in regular contact with your doctor to monitor it. Pigmentation will clear up when minocycline acne treatment is discontinued, but it takes time, sometimes a year or more.
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