MINOMYCIN is used to treat acne, which is resistant to other antibiotics. It is also used to treat various other infections.
MINOMYCIN belongs to a group of antibiotics called tetracyclines. They work by stopping the growth of bacteria.
Take MINOMYCIN exactly as your doctor has prescribed.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
How much to take
For treating infections, the usual dose of MINOMYCIN is: 200 mg to start with, followed by 100 mg every 12 hours.
For controlling acne, the usual dose is: 100 mg daily, preferably in two separate doses of 50 mg each.
Swallow MINOMYCIN whole with a full glass of water or milk. This medicine may be taken with food.
Do not take it immediately before lying down.
Take your medicine at about the same time each day.
Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
Your doctor may prescribe MINOMYCIN for long periods.
Check with your doctor if you are not sure how long you should be taking it.
For treating infections, MINOMYCIN must be taken for at least 48 hours after you feel well and the fever has gone.
For controlling acne, MINOMYCIN is normally taken for a few months.
Visit your doctor regularly. He/she may do blood tests to check your progress.
Continue taking it until your doctor tells you to stop.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, then go back to taking it as you would normally.
Do not try to make up for missed doses by taking more than one dose at a time.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency (Casualty) at your nearest hospital if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much MINOMYCIN. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Follow your doctor's prescripion.
Store this medicine at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light.
Active ingredient: Minocycline