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Amzeeq (Genieric Minocycline Topical)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

For the treatment of specific forms of acne in adults and children aged 9 and older, minocycline topical (Amzeeq) is prescribed. Adults with inflammatory lesions of rosacea can be treated with minocyclinetopical (Zilxi). Tetracycline antibiotics, which include minocycline, are a group of drugs. By eliminating the bacteria that causes pore infections and reducing a certain natural greasy component that causes acne, it effectively treats acne.

How should this medicine be used?

The topical form of minocycline is a foam that is applied to the skin. Typically, it is taken once per day, at least an hour before bed. Use minocycline every day at roughly the same time. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the medication’s directions exactly. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.

Foam containing minocycline could burn. When applying minocycline foam and for a short while afterward, keep away from open flames, fire, and smoke.

Take the following actions to apply the minocycline foam:

  1. Before using, give the minocycline foam a good shake. Before using the can for the first time, let it reheat to room temperature.
  2. With water and a gentle cleanser, wash the afflicted skin, then pat it dry.
  3. Use the fingertips of your palm to apply a small coating to the affected pimples on your face. Avoid getting any of the minocycline in your mouth, nose, or eyes.
  4. Apply the minocycline foam on the neck, shoulders, arms, back, or chest if there is acne there. Avoid getting any of the minocycline near your mouth, nose, corners, or genital area.
  5. After administering the drug, wait at least one hour before taking a bath, shower, or swimming.
  6. After administering minocycline to the afflicted skin, wash your hands.

For a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient, ask your pharmacist or doctor.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using minocycline,

  • If you have an allergy to any drugs, including minocycline, sarecycline, doxycycline, omadacycline, tetracycline, or demeclocycline, or any of the ingredients in minocycline foam, tell your doctor and pharmacist right away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are now taking or intend to use. Anticoagulants (also known as “blood thinners”) such warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven); isotretinoin (Absorica, Amnesteem, Clavaris, Myorisan, Zenatane); or penicillin should be mentioned. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • If you develop diarrhoea or watery stools, let your doctor know. Asthma, lupus (a disease in which the immune system attacks numerous tissues and organs including the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys), intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri; high pressure in the skull that may cause headaches, blurred or double vision, vision loss, and other symptoms), kidney disease, or liver disease should also be disclosed to your doctor.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor as soon as possible if you find out you’re pregnant while taking minocycline. The foetus could be harmed by minocycline.
  • You should be aware that minocycline may cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded. Prior to understanding how this drug affects you, avoid using machinery or driving a car.
  • Make a plan to limit your time spent in the sun and to use sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothes. Your skin could become photosensitive while using minocycline.
  • You should be aware that minocycline can temporarily or permanently alter bone growth when used during pregnancy, in newborns, or in children up to the age of 8. Children under the age of 8 or pregnant women should not use minocycline.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

As soon as you realise you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. Applying more foam to make up for a missed dose is not advised.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects from minocycline are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Redness
  • Skin, scars, teeth, or gums turning darker
  • Skin peeling, itchiness, dryness, or redness

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:

  • Fever, rash, joint discomfort, or excessive fatigue
  • Itching, dark urine, light bowel motions, loss of appetite, stomach pain, excessive fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or
  • Confusion are all signs of yellowing of the skin or eyes.
  • Visual problems include double vision, vision loss, or strange headaches
  • Rash, hives, mouth sores, blisters and peeling of the skin, as well as facial swelling around the eyes, lips, tongue, and throat
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges
  • Urethral blood
  • Swelling in the ankles, foot, and legs
  • During treatment or for up to two months after stopping treatment, you may experience fever, stomach cramps, or red or watery stools

Other negative effects of minocycline are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom). Avoid putting it in the fridge.

Keep minocycline foam away from flames and very hot surfaces because it is flammable. Avoid damaging or burning the container.

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call 1-800-222-1222 to contact your local poison control centre if someone consumes topical minocycline. Dial 911 to reach the nearest emergency services if the sufferer has collapsed or has stopped breathing.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.

Inform the lab staff and your doctor that you are using topical minocycline prior to any laboratory test.

Topical minocycline may cause clothing stains.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Amzeeq®
  • Zilxi®
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