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Minocycline

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Minocycline, sold under the brand name Minocin among others, is a tetracycline antibiotic used to treat a number of bacterial infections such as pneumonia. It is generally less preferred than the tetracycline doxycycline. It is also used for the treatment of acne and rheumatoid arthritis. It is taken by mouth.Common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, allergic reactions, and kidney problems. Serious side effects may include anaphylaxis, a lupus-like syndrome, and easy sunburning. Use in the later part of pregnancy may harm the baby and safety during breastfeeding is unclear. It works by decreasing a bacteria's ability to make protein thus stopping its growth.Minocycline was patented in 1961 and came into commercial use in 1971. It is available as a generic medication. A month supply in the United Kingdom costs the NHS about 14 £ as of 2019. In the United States the wholesale cost of this amount is about US$12. In 2016 it was the 229th most prescribed medication in the United States with more than 2 million prescriptions.

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