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Adults and children as young as 12 years old may receive Ximino to help treat inflammatory lesions caused by moderate-to-severe acne. This prescription medication comes as a long-acting capsule that is taken once a day. Your specific dosage will depend on your weight and your kidney function. Potential side effects include headaches, fatigue, and dizziness.

What Is Ximino?

Ximino™ (minocycline hydrochloride) is a prescription antibiotic licensed to treat inflammatory lesions (the red, inflamed, pus-filled bumps) of moderate-to-severe acne in people 12 years of age and older. It belongs to a class of antibiotics called tetracyclines. The medication comes in a long-acting capsule that is taken once a day.
 
(Click Ximino Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes This Medication?

Ximino is made by Ranbaxy Laboratories, Inc.
 

How Does Ximino Work?

Like other tetracycline antibiotics, Ximino interferes with the ability of bacteria to make proteins, which impedes bacterial growth and multiplication. It is unknown, however, if this action is responsible for its effects on acne.
 
It is not exactly clear how Ximino works to treat acne. It is thought that the medication affects bacteria that cause acne and reduces inflammation associated with acne, resulting in fewer and less-inflamed pimples and red bumps.
 

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with this drug include the following:
 
  • Ximino comes as an extended-release capsule that slowly releases the medication into your body. It is usually taken once a day.
  • This medication can be taken with or without food. Taking it with food may lower your risk for irritation or ulcers of the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach).
  • Try to take your dose at the same time each day to keep an even level of the medication in your bloodstream.
  • The capsules must be swallowed whole; do not chew, crush, or cut them.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
 
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