If you have a bacterial infection, Minocin may be what you need to treat it. Minocin is most commonly used to treat bacterial infections, including pneumonia, urinary tract infections, respiratory tract infections, skin infections, or tick-spread infections. It can also be used in the treatment of some bacterial sexually transmitted diseases, like gonorrhea. It works by reducing inflammation and preventing the growth of new bacteria.
Because Minocin treats inflammation and bacteria, this medication is also prescribed to treat inflammatory acne. Our team at Nurx cannot prescribe and deliver Minocin, but can offer the generic equivalent Minocycline as an acne treatment for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $40 without insurance.
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- How Is Minocin Used?
Minocin is used to stop the growth of bacteria, which requires that you take the prescribed dose by mouth, typically every 12 hours. Minocin works best on an empty stomach, so it is recommended that you take it either an hour before or after a meal. The dosage and frequency with which you take Minocin will depend on your symptoms. However, it is recommended that you take your pill at the same time each day for increased effectiveness. As with any antibiotic, you should complete the full dose as prescribed. Otherwise, you risk the infection returning and becoming antibiotic-resistant.
When taking Minocin for the treatment of acne, your provider may be able to taper you off the medication over time while still using topical treatments to control breakouts.
- Is Minocin Easy to Get?
Minocin is available at most pharmacies but does require a prescription. At Nurx we do not offer Minocin, but we can prescribe the generic version, Minocycline. Our medical providers can get you access to the prescriptions you need most, without you ever having to leave home.
We also work with numerous insurance providers, so you can receive your prescriptions at an affordable price. Even if you don't have insurance, we work hard to offer affordable pricing on your prescriptions.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Starting Minocin?
As with any new prescription, it is always a good idea to consult with your doctor before using Minocin. Your provider can help evaluate the likeliness of a potential allergic reaction. Most people tolerate Minocin well, but the chances of safe use are even better when you work closely with a licensed professional.
It is important to talk with your doctor or a licensed prescriber before using Minocin if you have a history of kidney, liver, or esophagus problems. Because dizziness is a potential side effect of Minocin, it is best to avoid the use of alcohol or drugs while taking Minocin. Antibiotics can also increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. Limit your exposure to sunlight, and if you do plan to spend time outdoors, be sure to wear protective clothing and high-SPF sunscreen.
Minocin can also reduce the effectiveness of any live vaccinations. Always notify your Nurx provider if you plan to receive any vaccinations. It is also recommended that you don't lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking Minocin. It is also a good idea to notify your doctor of any upcoming surgeries, including dental, letting them know of all medications and supplements you are taking, including Minocin.
- Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Every medication has the potential for side effects, even Minocin. Fortunately, while nausea, vomiting, stomach irritabilities, and dizziness are a possibility, many of these symptoms go away over time. Some of these side effects can be avoided by taking with food, but because this reduces the effectiveness of the medication, it important to discuss your options with your provider.
Repeated use of the medication can lead to oral thrush or a yeast infection. However, the majority of people who take Minocin do not experience any side effects.
Serious side effects are even less common but could include intracranial hypertension. This is most common in women who have previously experienced it, are overweight, and are of childbearing age. Another potentially severe side effect is an intestinal buildup of a bacteria called C. difficile. If you notice swelling or difficulty breathing when taking Minocin, stop immediately and contact your medical provider.
The likeliness of side effects increases if you take the medication for longer than expected, so it is important to follow your prescriber's directions closely, including completing the full dose as it is prescribed by your medical provider.
- Can I Take Minocin With Other Medications?
Generally, Minocin is safe to use with other prescriptions. However, certain over-the-counter supplements like aluminum, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc should not be taken at the same time as Minocin. Instead, wait at least 2-3 hours before using these supplements.
Some retinoid medications may have a mild interaction with Minocin. The best way to reduce the chance of any potentially dangerous interactions is to inform your medical provider of all medications and over-the-counter supplements that you are taking before using Minocin.
- How Do I Get a Prescription for Minocin Through Nurx?
Nurx does not currently offer Minocin, but we can prescribe the generic version, Minocycline. Just answer a few questions and a medical provider will review your health history and prescribe Minocycline, if appropriate.
- Can I Buy Minocin Online Through Nurx?
Minocin is not currently available through Nurx, but the generic version, Minocycline, is available. Minocycline is a safe, effective replacement for Minocin, offering many of the same uses.
- How Long Does it Take to Receive Minocin?
You can expect medication from Nurx to ship within 72 hours after the prescription is filled at the pharmacy. This means that you can usually expect your prescription to arrive between 3-5 business days after your initial request for an antibiotic.
- Is There a Generic Version of Minocin?
The generic version of Minocin is Monocycline. Alternatives to Minocin include the brand-name medications Dynacin, Vectrin, and Solodyn, whose active ingredient is also Monocycline.
- Does Minocin Cause Weight Gain?
Minocin should not cause weight gain. If you notice an increase in weight when taking Minocin, it is important to reach out to your physician, as this could be due to a reaction with how your kidneys process the medication.
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