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Minocin 100mg MR Capsules

Minocin 100mg MR Capsules (56 capsules)

Order before 3pm for delivery from Fri. 30 Jul and Mon. 02 Aug.

Description for Minocin 100mg MR Capsules

Minocin MR capsules contain the antibiotic minocycline, for the treatment of mild to moderate acne. They help to kill the excess bacteria on the skin that contribute to the development of acne. Minocin is available from the Online Doctor following a free online consultation that normally takes less than 3 minutes!

Minocin Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Minocin?

Containing the antibiotic minocycline, Minocin MR capsules are prescribed to treat mild to moderate acne, by killing the excess bacteria, propionbacterium, which builds up on the skin. This medication can be purchased from our online pharmacy, once you have completed a free online consultation.

The active ingredient is minocycline, a tetracycline antibiotic, which is highly effective at treating acne vulgaris and other bacterial infections. Manufactured by Meda Pharmaceuticals, the brand Minocin MR capsule contains a modified-release formulation of 100mg of minocycline and the capsule should be taken with water and swallowed whole. Minicon MR can be taken with or without food and, for effectiveness, take the capsule at the same time every day.

Acne develops when excess sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands) and dead skin cells are present on the skin, giving the bacteria food on which to multiply. The waste materials from the bacteria then block the pores and this causes an irritation which leads to acne. Once the bacteria are killed, there ceases to be any waste materials and so the acne clears up. Keep your skin as clear as possible from any build-up of keratin skin cells and sebum, by washing with a mild cleanser which will not irritate your skin.
Administered as a 100mg capsule, Minocin MR will need to be taken for up to eight weeks to clear up the infection. For use by people aged 18 years and over, this medication is also available under the generic name of Minocycline 100mg MR capsules, which costs substantially less than the brand name.

Minocin 100mg MR capsules can be purchased from The Independent Pharmacy Online.

If dry skin also presents itself in the same place as the acne, use a water-based emollient (a preparation which softens skin) which is fragrance-free, to soften your skin.  This preparation will not lead to blocked pores.

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Minocin directions

You should take one Minocin MR capsule daily, at the same time each day.

  • Minocin MR capsules should always be taken with a full glass of water.
  • Minocin MR should be taken on an empty stomach, this is usually one hour before food or two hours after food.
  • Minocin MR capsules should not be taken at the same time as indigestion remedies. A gap of 2 -3 hours should be left between taking each treatment.
  • For treating acne, you will normally need to take Minocin MR capsules for at least 8 weeks. Treatment should be assessed after 3 months to determine whether it has been effective. If your treatment has been effective, you can continue to take Minocin MR if necessary. If there has been no improvement in your acne, you should stop taking Minocin MR and consider a different acne treatment. Minocin can be taken continuously for up to SIX months.

Minocin side effects

The most common side effects that occur when taking Minocin MR capsules are:

  • Stomach upsets, diarrhoea, sickness, loss of appetite or sore mouth. If you take a contraceptive pill and get diarrhoea or sickness or bleed when you don’t expect to, your “pill” may not work. You should use a different or additional means of birth control (e.g. a condom or diaphragm/cap) to ensure you are protected. Read the leaflet that came with your “pill”.
  • Headache, dizziness, hearing problems such as ringing in the ears, light-headedness, or unsteadiness. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or not alert.
  • Skin problems such as rashes most commonly due to increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, itching, redness, scaling or blistering. You should avoid direct exposure to sunlight or artificial light. If you experience skin discomfort then stop taking your tablets and seek advice from your doctor;
    Loss of hair.
  • Not everyone who takes Minocin MR capsules will experience side effects. They are most common at the start of treatment as your body gets used to your new medicine. If any of your side effects are severe you should stop taking Minocin and see your doctor. Please see the manufacturers information leaflet for a comprenhensive list of side effects.

Minocin ingredients

Minocin MR capsules contain the active ingredient minocycline 100mg (in a modified release formulation).

It also contains: titanium dioxide (E171), iron oxide yellow (E172), iron oxide red (E172), gelatin, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose phthalate 50, hypromellose (E464) and light liquid paraffin. 

Minocin warnings

You should not take Minocin MR 100mg capsules if you:

  • have had an allergic reaction to tetracycline antibiotics.
  • are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby.
  • have kidney or liver disease.
  • have lupus or myasthenia gravis.
  • you take any of the following medicines; anticoagulants (e.g. warfarin), penicillin antibiotics, isotretinoin or other retinoids, quinapril, ergotamine, methylsergide, diruetics. 

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why choose Minocin?

    The benefits include:
    • Clearer skin promotes self-confidence
    • In capsule format, minocin is easier to use than creams or gels
    • As minocin has a lower concentration than other treatments, the chances of side-effects are reduced
    • Monocin treats the infection and, by healing the spots, the skin is improved
    • With this medication, there is less chance of scarring
    • As minocin is so effective, it saves on the cost of buying creams or other treatments

  • How do I take Minocin MR?

    • Minocin MR capsules should be taken at the same time every day. They have a modified-release system and so you must swallow the capsule whole, as chewing, crushing or breaking the capsule will interfere with its success and the medication may irritate your throat.
    • When taking minocin, avoid taking medicines which contain calcium, iron, aluminium, zinc, or magnesium (these ingredients are found in indigestion remedies) at the same time, as these ingredients can reduce absorption of minocycline from the gut.
    • With antibiotics, it is always important to finish the course, even though you might think that the problem has gone. Whilst it may seem that the infection has cleared, not taking all the course means that the infection could return and may allow the bacteria to build up some resistance to the antibiotic.

  • What does Minocin MR treat?

    Minocin MR is used in the treatment of acne vulgaris.

  • Does Minocin clear the skin quickly?

    Whatever the treatment is for acne, it takes several weeks to notice that your skin is improving. Take the whole course of capsules and, if you feel your skin has not improved sufficiently, speak with your doctor for further advice and treatment.
    Minocin and UV light
    If you are taking minocin, avoid bright sunlight and UV light, as some people may develop a sensitivity to the light. Also avoid sunbeds and sunlamps.

  • Can minocin affect your teeth?

    Some of the people who have taken minocin have reported grey/ black/blue staining to the teeth, eyes, tears, nails, breast milk and sweat, as well as to the skin and the inside of the mouth. It is usually due to long-term use that the staining occurs and, while the discolouration to the skin and inside the mouth may wear off after a few months, staining may persist in other parts of the body. A muddy-brown colour may also be seen in sun-exposed areas of the skin. Should you notice any staining, speak with your doctor straightaway, so that some other medication can be considered.

Authored By:

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Scott McDougall


Published on: 02-02-2017

Last modified on: 05-02-2021

Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

Reviewed By:

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Chris Newbury

BPharm IP

Reviewed on: 05-02-2021

Next review date: 05-02-2023

Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.

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