Minocycline and Alcohol
Minocycline is the generic name for drugs sold under the brand names Dynacin, Minocin, Minocin PAC, Myrac, Solodyn and Vectrin belong to a family of drugs known as tetracycline antibiotics that fights bacteria in the body. It is used to treat varied bacterial infections such as urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, skin infections, severe acne, gonorrhoea, tick fever, Chlamydia and others.
It is suggested no consumption of alcohol, not even moderate consumption while using Minocycline, as the side effects will be greatly increased and the effectiveness of the drug lessened.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Do not use this drug when pregnant as it could harm the unborn baby.
Before using this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, liver disease, kidney disease, asthma, sulphite allergy or using another penicillin antibiotic.
Less serious side effects are dizziness, tired, spinning sensation, joint or muscle pain, discolouration of skin or nails, mild nausea, mild diarrhea, upset stomach, mild skin rash, itching, swollen tongue, discolouration of gums, vaginal itching or discharge. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat, stomach cramps, watery or bloody diarrhea, flu symptoms, sores in mouth or throat, pale yellow skin, weak, dark coloured urine, unusual bleeding, fever, skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, jaundice, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, cough, wheezing, short of breath, confusion, vomiting, swelling, weight gain changes in urination, headache or pain behind eyes, ringing in ears, vision problems, joint pain or swelling with fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, feeling ill, unusual thoughts or behaviour, seizures or severe skin reaction..If these occur get emergency medical help.
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