Minocin May Cause Serious Side Effects. Minocin, or Minocycline hydrochloride, has been associated with a variety of serious side effects, including blindness. If you or a loved one has suffered vision loss while taking ‘Minocin’, we want to hear from you today. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Lawyers in our firm who practice exclusively in the area of defective pharmaceuticals are investigating the serious side effects of this antibiotic. We believe the side effect warnings provided to Minocin users are far from adequate. We are currently offering free case evaluations to victims of Minocin blindness and other side effects. Please call us today to protect your legal rights.
Minocin Approved In 1972 By FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Minocin in 1972. Minocin is part of the family of antibiotics called tetracyclines. It is a stronger version, and contains serum levels 2 to 4 times that of tetracyclines.
Minocin is commonly used to treat acne in young adults. It may also be given to treat infections caused by chlamydia, cholera, gonorrhea (when penicillin cannot be given), plague, respiratory and urinary tract infections, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, syphilis (when penicillin cannot be given) and typhus fever.
In addition to ‘Minocin’, Minocycline hydrochloride is sold under a variety of names, including:
If you have suffered from blindness or any type of vision loss while taking an antibiotic sold under one of these names, we urge you to contact us right away for a free case evaluation.
Minocin Side Effects, Blindness, Vision Loss
Reports have surfaced about the use of Minocin and instances of vision loss or total blindness. Our firm is currently investigating such reports, and we are seeking to hear from anyone whose vision has been affected while or after taking this drug.
Use of Minocin has been associated with papilledema (optic nerve inflammation). This condition is caused by edema or swelling of the optic disc (papilla), most commonly due to an increase in intracranial pressure. Symptoms of papilledema include headache and transient black-outs of vision upon assuming the upright posture. The visual black-outs are caused by postural drops in blood pressure and secondary compromise of blood flow to the retina through the tightly packed optic disc.
Papilledema is a rare adverse side effect that can accompany the use of oral tetracyclines like ‘Minocin’. Within days to weeks of starting these drugs, some patients develop increased intracranial pressure. Fortunately, withdrawal of the drug leads to normalization. However, the optic nerves may be damaged by prolonged intracranial pressure elevation.
Other Minocycline side effects include, but may not be limited to, inflamed joints, anaphylaxis (life-threatening allergic reaction), anemia, appetite loss, blurry vision, decreased hearing, diarrhea, fever, fluid retention, headache, hepatitis, hives, inflammation of the intestines and tongue, kidney or liver failure, nausea, rash and vomiting.
Minocin has also been linked to the development of lupus-like syndrome in young acne patients. A 1999 study that appeared in Archives of Internal Medicine examined data from 27,688 acne patients aged 15 to 29 in the United Kingdom. Physicians involved in the study determined ‘Minocin’ use increased the risk of developing lupus-like syndrome 8.5-fold in young acne patients.
It is not yet known how often Minocin-induced blindness or vision loss may occur. Lawyers in our firm who specialize in defective drug litigation have initiated an aggressive investigation into this serious problem. We would like to hear from anyone who has experienced such a ‘Minocin’ side effect.