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Dynacin is a tetracycline antibiotic used to treat a variety of infections, including acne, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and pneumonia. This medication comes in tablet form and is taken two to four times a day. Possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, and decreased appetite, among others. It's important to finish the full course of this antibiotic, even if you start to feel better.

What Is Dynacin?

Dynacin® (minocycline hydrochloride) is a prescription antibiotic medication from the tetracycline class of antibiotics. It is approved to treat a variety of different infections, such as:
(Click Dynacin Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes Dynacin?

This medication is made by Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc., for Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation.

How Does It Work?

Like other tetracycline antibiotics, Dynacin reduces the ability of bacteria to make proteins. Dynacin does not directly kill the bacteria; however, by inhibiting protein production, it reduces their ability to grow and multiply. This gives the immune system a chance to fight the bacteria.
The exact way Dynacin works to treat acne is unknown. The medication likely slows the growth of the bacteria that cause acne. It may also reduce inflammation, decreasing the amount of red, inflamed bumps and pimples.
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