Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic that fights bacteria.

This medicine is used together with certain dental procedures to treat periodontitis (gum disease). Periodontitis is an infection that causes inflammation in the gums around your teeth. This can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, leaving deep pockets. Gum shrinkage can lead to tooth loss.

Minocycline mucous membrane may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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  • tooth pain;
    pain or swelling in your gums;
    fever, swollen glands, rash or itching, joint pain or swelling, muscle aches, general ill feeling; or
    severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
    Common side effects may include:

    increased tooth sensitivity;
    infection; or
    flu-like symptoms.
  • Take minocycline exactly as your doctor tells you. Minocycline comes as a capsule, tablet, or dental powder to treat gum disease. Some minocycline products work best when taken on an empty stomach, one hour before or two hours after a meal. However, some products can be taken with food if stomach upset occurs. Taking these minocycline products with food may lower your chances of getting irritation or ulcers in the esophagus. Take this medication with plenty of fluids to avoid damage to the esophagus. Skipping doses or not taking all doses of minocycline may: make the treatment not work as well. increase the chance that the bacteria will become resistant to minocycline.