minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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GENERIC NAME: minocycline hydrochloride

BRAND NAME: Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Minocycline is a member of the tetracycline family of antibiotics. It is similar to doxycycline (Vibramycin). It works by interrupting the production of proteins by bacteria. It is effective against a wide variety of bacteria, such as Mycoplasma pneumonia, Chlamydia trachomatis, Borrelia recurrentis, Yersinia pestis, Escherichia coli, and many others. The FDA approved minocycline in June, 1971.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets and Capsules: 50, 75, and 100 mg. Tablets (Extended Release): 45, 55, 65, 80, 90, 105, 115, and 135 mg. Injection: 100 mg/ vial.

STORAGE: Minocycline immediate-release tablets and capsules should be stored between 20 C-25 C (68 F-77 F). Minocycline extended-release tablets should be stored between 15 C -30 C (59 F-86 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: Minocycline immediate-release tablets and capsules are used for infections caused by Mycoplasma pneumonia, Chlamydia trachomatis, Borrelia recurrentis, Yersinia pestis, Escherichia coli, Enterobacter aerogenes, Shigella species, Acinetobacter species, respiratory tract infections caused by Haemophilus influenza and Streptococcus pneumoniae, and respiratory tract and urinary tract infections caused by Klebsiella species. Minocycline extended-release tablets are used to treat inflammatory lesions of non-nodular moderate-to-severe acne vulgaris. Minocycline is used for treating Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus and other infections caused by the typhus group of bacteria, Q fever, rickettsialpox and tick fevers caused by rickettsiae.

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