Minocycline Side Effects

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If you have minocycline side effects, tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • itching of the rectum or vagina
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • furry darkening or black discoloration of the tongue
  • redness of the skin (sunburn)
  • changes in skin color
  • hearing loss or ringing in your ears
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
  • severe headache
  • blurred vision
  • skin rash
  • hives
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • itching
  • dark-colored urine
  • light-colored bowel movements
  • loss of appetite
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • extreme tiredness or weakness
  • confusion
  • joint stiffness or swelling
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • decreased urination
  • pain or discomfort in the mouth
  • throat sores
  • fever or chills
Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic. It fights bacteria in the body. It works by slowing the growth of certain bacteria and allowing the body's immune system to kill them.

Minocycline is used to treat many types of different bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, severe acne, gonorrhea, tick fever, chlamydia, and others.

Do not use this medication if you are pregnant. It could cause harm to the unborn baby, including permanent discoloration of the teeth later in life. Minocycline can make birth control pills less effective. Use a second method of birth control while you are taking minoocycline to keep from getting pregnant. Minocycline passes into breast milk and may affect bone and tooth development in a nursing baby. Do not take this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not give this medication to a child younger than 8 years old. Minocycline can cause permanent yellowing or graying of the teeth, and it can affect a child's growth. Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays. Minocycline can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun. Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours before or after taking minocycline. These products can make minocycline less effective. Using expired minocycline can cause damage to your kidneys.


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