What is Minocycline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Minocin Minoclin Akamin Show all

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Minocycline is an antibiotic of the tetracycline class. It is used in the treatment of susceptible bacterial infections of both gram-negative and gram-positive organisms. It is also used to treat acne.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 51 2
Multiple sclerosis 30 16
Acne 28 15
Acne breakout 14 7
Rheumatoid arthritis 8 6
Lyme disease 6 3

Show all 58 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 7
Moderate 16
Mild 25
None 32

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Minocycline

Side effect Patients
Nausea 4
Yeast Infection (candida) 3
Brain fog 2
Dizziness 2
Headaches 2
Hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) 2

Show all 32 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Minocycline

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 4
50 mg daily 2
50 mg twice daily 1
75 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Minocycline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 46
Doctor's advice 34
Side effects too severe 27
Course of treatment ended 19
Other 18
Personal research 10
Expense 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 112 patients who've stopped taking Minocycline

Duration

Currently taking Minocycline

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 3

Stopped taking Minocycline

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 36
6 months - 1 year 27
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 57
Usually 16
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 57
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 6
< $25 44
Not specified 26

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Minocycline after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 2
Levofloxacin (Levaquin) 1
Rifampin 1
Tetracycline 1
Tofacitinib (Xeljanz) 1

Patients stopped taking Minocycline and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 3
Clarithromycin (Biaxin) 2
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 1
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6 patient evaluations for Minocycline

Nov 29, 2011 (Started Mar 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Doctor recommendation)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for acne)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Sensitivity to sunlight)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Sensitivity to sunlight

Nov 19, 2011 (Started Mar 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for acne)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Doctor recommendation)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Sensitivity to sunlight)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Sensitivity to sunlight

Apr 30, 2011 (Started Mar 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Doctor recommendation)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Sensitivity to sunlight)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Sensitivity to sunlight

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 11, 2011 (Started Oct 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Lyme Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: MInocycline has performed extremely well for the reduction of brain lesions. L Metz performed clinical trials in 2006 using minocycline alone to treat Multiple Sclerosis. Her results comfirmed an average 85% reduction in MS lesions after taking minocycline daily for a period of 2 years. *When taking antibiotics it is extremely important to supplement daily with a good quality probiotic such as acidophilus in order to replenish the good bacteria in the stomach. Yogurt is a good choice for quick relief from stomach upset associated with minocycline use.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Dec 15, 2009 (Started Oct 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Lyme Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Nov 23, 2009 (Started Oct 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Lyme Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Nov 23, 2009 (Started May 20, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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