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5.8 Intracranial Hypertension

Intracranial hypertension has been associated with the use of tetracycline-class drugs including MINOLIRA. Clinical manifestations of intracranial hypertension include headache, blurred vision, diplopia and vision loss; papilledema can be found on fundoscopy. Women of childbearing age who are overweight or have a history of IH are at a greater risk for developing intracranial hypertension. Concomitant use of isotretinoin and tetracycline should be avoided because isotretinoin, a systemic retinoid, is also known to cause intracranial hypertension.

Although intracranial hypertension typically resolves after discontinuation of treatment, the possibility for permanent visual loss exists. If visual disturbance occurs during treatment, prompt ophthalmologic evaluation is warranted. Because intracranial pressure can remain elevated for weeks after drug cessation, patients should be monitored until they stabilize.

5.9 Autoimmune Syndromes

Tetracyclines have been associated with the development of autoimmune syndromes. The long- term use of minocycline in the treatment of acne has been associated with drug-induced lupus- like syndrome, autoimmune hepatitis and vasculitis. Sporadic cases of serum sickness have presented shortly after minocycline use. Symptoms may be manifested by fever, rash, arthralgia, and malaise. In symptomatic patients, immediately discontinue the use of all tetracycline-class drugs, including MINOLIRA.

5.10 Photosensitivity

Photosensitivity manifested by an exaggerated sunburn reaction has been observed in some individuals taking tetracyclines; this reaction has been reported less frequently with minocycline. Patients should minimize or avoid exposure to natural or artificial sunlight (tanning beds or UVA/B treatment) while using minocycline. If patients need to be outdoors while using MINOLIRA, they should wear loose-fitting clothes that protect skin from sun exposure and discuss other sun protection measures with their physician.

5.11 Serious Skin/Hypersensitivity Reaction

Cases of anaphylaxis, serious skin reactions (e.g. Stevens Johnson syndrome), erythema multiforme, and drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) syndrome have been reported postmarketing with minocycline use in patients with acne. DRESS syndrome consists of cutaneous reaction (such as rash or exfoliative dermatitis), eosinophilia, and one or more of the following visceral complications such as: hepatitis, pneumonitis, nephritis, myocarditis, and pericarditis. Fever and lymphadenopathy may be present. In some cases, death has been reported. If this syndrome is recognized, discontinue MINOLIRA immediately.

5.12 Tissue Hyperpigmentation

Tetracyclines are known to cause hyperpigmentation. Tetracycline therapy may induce hyperpigmentation in many organs, including nails, bone, skin, eyes, thyroid, visceral tissue, oral cavity (teeth, mucosa, alveolar bone), sclerae and heart valves. Skin and oral pigmentation has been reported to occur independently of time or amount of drug administration, whereas other tissue pigmentation has been reported to occur upon prolonged administration. Skin pigmentation includes diffuse pigmentation as well as pigmentation over sites of scars or injury.

5.13 Development of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

MINOLIRA has not been evaluated in the treatment of infections.

Bacterial resistance to the tetracyclines may develop in patients using MINOLIRA. Because of the potential for drug-resistant bacteria to develop during the use of MINOLIRA, it should be used only as indicated.

5.14 Superinfection

Use of MINOLIRA may result in overgrowth of nonsusceptible organisms, including fungi. If super infection occurs, discontinue MINOLIRA and institute appropriate therapy.

5.15 Laboratory Monitoring

Periodic laboratory evaluations of organ systems, including hematopoietic, renal and hepatic studies should be performed. Appropriate tests for autoimmune syndromes should be performed as indicated.


6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug, and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

The following table summarizes selected adverse reactions reported in clinical trials at a rate of ≥1% for minocycline hydrochloride extended release tablets.

Table 2: Selected Treatment-Emergent Adverse Reactions in at least 1% of Clinical Trial
Adverse Reactions Minocycline Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets (1 mg/kg) N = 674 (%) Placebo N = 364 (%)
At least one treatment emergency event 379 (56) 197 (54)
Headache 152(23) 83(23)
Fatigue 62 (9) 24 (7)
Dizziness 59 (9) 17 (5)
Pruritus 31 (5) 16 (4)
Malaise 26 (4) 9 (3)
Mood alteration 17 (3) 9 (3)
Somnolence 13 (2) 3 (1)
Urticaria 10 (2) 1 (0)
Tinnitus 10 (2) 5 (1)
Arthralgia 9 (1) 2 (0)
Vertigo 8 (1) 3 (1)
Dry Mouth 7 (1) 5 (1)
Myalgia 7 (1) 4 (1)

6.2 Postmarketing Experience

Adverse reactions that have been reported with minocycline hydrochloride use in a variety of indications include:

Skin and hypersensitivity reactions: fixed drug eruptions, balanitis, erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, anaphylactoid purpura, photosensitivity, pigmentation of skin and mucous membranes, hypersensitivity reactions, angioneurotic edema, anaphylaxis, DRESS syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions (5.11)].

Autoimmune conditions: polyarthralgia, pericarditis, exacerbation of systemic lupus, pulmonary infiltrates with eosinophilia, transient lupus-like syndrome.

Central nervous system: pseudotumor cerebri, bulging fontanels in infants, decreased hearing.

Endocrine: brown-black microscopic thyroid discoloration, abnormal thyroid function.

Oncology: thyroid cancer.

Oral: glossitis, dysphagia, tooth discoloration.

Gastrointestinal: enterocolitis, pancreatitis, hepatitis, liver failure.

Genitourinary: Preliminary studies suggest that use of minocycline may have deleterious effects on human spermatogenesis [see Nonclinical Toxicoloty (13.1)].

Renal: reversible acute renal failure.

Hematology: hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, eosinophilia.

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