Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking Minocycline?
Inform the doctor about your detailed medical & surgical history
Inform your physician if you have any of the following conditions-
If you are pregnant, lactating or planning a pregnancy
Inform the doctor if you are taking hormonal birth control pills
Minocycline can make them less productive; so the doctor would need to prescribe you a non-hormonal birth control measure
Inform the doctor about the list of medicines you are taking
Certain medicines do not act well when taken along with Minocycline
Q: When and how to consume the medicine?
Q: Can I stop this medicine when I feel better?
A: Always complete the full course of treatment. You may start feeling better with the first few doses of the medicine but complete the course to kill all the bacteria or it will lead to antibiotic resistance.
Q: How does the medicine acts on the bacteria?
A: Minocycline passes either directly through the lipid bilayer or passively diffuses through porin channels in the bacterial membrane. It binds to the 30S ribosomal subunit present inside the bacterial cell, preventing the binding of tRNA to the mRNA-ribosome complex and interfering with protein synthesis, thereby prevents the multiplication of bacteria and bacterial cell death.