A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Known as Minomycin in the UK
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Minocin belongs to the type of drugs known as tetracycline antibiotics. Minocin uses include treatment of a large variety of infections. It may even be used to treat severe acne. The medicine works by killing bacteria and preventing it from growing further. Minocycline 100mg can only be used to treat bacterial infection and will not affect viral infections such as cold, flu, etc.
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Minocin 100 mg needs to be taken orally with a full glass of water. The usual dosage of the drug is one tablet in every 12 hours. It is important you take it on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before a meal or 2 to 3 hours after one. In case you experience stomach upsets, you may take it with food or milk, but Minocin tends not to work so well when taken with a meal. Take the medication with correct intervals for best results. Minocin capsules need to be taken as a whole, do not chew, break or bite.
Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking the drug which means avoid using the medication right before bedtime. Avoid using antacids, vitamin supplements, dairy products, and calcium-rich juices along with Minocin as these substances tend to decrease the effectiveness of this drug.
Minocycline 100mg tablets contain hydroxypropyl cellulose (E463), maize starch, magnesium stearate and lactose.
The tablet coating further contains hypromellose (E464), propylene glycol, purified talc, titanium dioxide (E171), sunset yellow (E110), and quinoline yellow (E104).
All medications need to be taken by a doctor’s recommendation. The following need to be considered when using this medicine.
Common side effects of Minocin include: