Minocycline for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Minocycline is given by mouth (orally).
How It Works
Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic. It fights bacteria in your body. It is not clear how minocycline works to reduce the activity of rheumatoid arthritis, although it may work by reducing the action of certain proteins that erode cartilage.2
Why It Is Used
How Well It Works
In some studies, minocycline has shown some benefit in reducing symptoms, perhaps by slowing the progression of joint destruction caused by rheumatoid arthritis. It can help decrease joint pain and swelling, and shorten the time of morning stiffness.1
Side effects from minocycline include:
Less frequent but potentially serious side effects from minocycline include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Minocycline should not be used by pregnant women or women of childbearing age who are not using reliable birth control. If you are going to take minocycline, you should be on some form of reliable birth control. If you plan to become pregnant, check with your health professional before stopping birth control and trying to become pregnant.
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