|Chemical name: Minocycline
Brand name: Minocin
Typical dosage: 100mg
Typical type: Capsule1
Minocin is a medication used to treat many different kinds of infections. Minocin is available as a brand name drug or a generic and comes as an oral capsule or an oral tablet.
Minocin is a medication that contains the active ingredient Minocycline. Minocin stops bacteria from forming by interfering with their replication.
Minocin is an antibiotic medication used to treat a variety of infections including brain infections, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, skin infections, STDs and more. It can also be used to treat acne.
Minocin is usually taken 1-2 times daily for 7-10 days depending on the type of infection you are treating. Common side effects include diarrhea, upset stomach, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, drowsiness and fatigue.
While some Medicare plans may not cover Minocin, 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Minocycline.1
Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Minocycline.
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Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in.
|Deductible stage||Typical copay stage|
|Your deductible is the amount of money you must spend on covered drugs before your Medicare drug coverage starts paying its share of costs.
In the deductible stage, you’re responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs.
Some Medicare prescription drug plans have a $0 deductible. Medicare drug plans cannot have a deductible more than $415 in 2019.
|After you meet your Part D deductible, you enter the initial coverage period.
During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.
|$2 – $78||Free – $78|
Take Minocin at the same time of day, every day, with or without food. It is recommended to take your dose with a whole glass of water. Stop taking Minocin when your doctor tells you to. If you take it for longer than recommended, a second infection can happen. If you stop it early, your infection may not heal all the way.
You can get sunburned more easily while taking Minocin. Wear proper sun protection such as sunscreen and avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.
Liver problems can happen while taking this medication. You may be experiencing liver problems if you have sings of fatigue, dark urine, abdominal pain or yellow skin or eyes. Call the doctor right away if you experience these symptoms.
Long-term use of Minocin can lead to thyroid cancer. If you notice hoarseness, a neck mass or trouble swallowing or breathing, get medical help right away. Minocin can rarely cause other problems such as skin reactions, eyesight changes, change in tooth color and kidney problems.
Minocin may cause birth control to not work as well. While you take it, use a second form of birth control to prevent pregnancy.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.
Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.
Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.