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Minocycline Hydrochloride Dental powder

It stops the growth of some bacteria

Generic Name: minocycline powder

Brand Names: Arestin

What is this medicine?

MINOCYCLINE (mi noe SYE kleen) is a tetracycline antibiotic. It stops the growth of some bacteria. It is used to treat deep skin pockets at the tooth-gum line.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • history of yeast infections in the mouth, thrush
  • immune system problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to minocycline, tetracycline antibiotics, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is placed in the gum pocket. It is given by a health care professional in an office or clinic setting. Follow your health care professionals advice for the care of your mouth after the application of this medicine. Do not touch or brush the treated area for 12 hours. Do not eat hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for 1 week after treatment. Do not use interproximal cleaning devices in the treated area for 10 days.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • fever or flu-like symptoms
  • muscle or joint pain
  • pain or swelling where treated
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • white patches or sores in the mouth

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • headache
  • sensitive where treated for up to 1 week after treatment
  • stomach upset
  • throat pain

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: March 02, 2009
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