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Sebomin 100mg MR capsules
(minocycline hydrochloride)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
 Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
 If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
 This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.

What Sebomin MR capsules are and what they are used for
Before you take
How to take
Possible side effects
How to store
Further information

What Sebomin MR capsules are and what they are used for
Sebomin MR capsules contain a medicine called minocycline hydrochloride. This
belongs to a group of medicines called tetracycline antibiotics. Sebomin MR capsules are
used to treat moderate to severe acne.
Before you take
Do not take Sebomin MR capsules and tell your doctor if you:
 are allergic (hypersensitive) to minocycline, other similar antibiotics (such as
tetracycline or doxycycline) or any other ingredient in Sebomin MR capsules (see
section 6)
 are pregnant or breast-feeding
 have had complete kidney failure
 are giving it to a child under 12 years old.
Do not take Sebomin MR capsules if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure,
talk to your doctor before taking Sebomin MR capsules.
Take special care with Sebomin MR capsules and tell your doctor if you:
 suffer from myasthenia gravis a condition characterised by muscle weakness,
difficulty chewing and swallowing and slurred speech
 have kidney or liver disease
 are sensitive to sunlight or artificial light (e.g. sunbeds)
 have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a condition characterised by a rash
(especially on the face), hair loss, fever, a feeling of general discomfort and illness
and joint pain
 suffer from increased pressure in the skull (intercranial hypertension).
Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. Especially:
 penicillins e.g. phenoxymethylpenicillin (to treat infections)
 medicines which can damage the liver (check with your doctor or pharmacist to see
if this applies to any medicines you are taking)
 retinoids (such as quinopril (to treat acne)
 ACE inhibitors such as isotretinoin (to treat heart conditions)
 oral contraceptives (the pill). Sebomin MR capsules may make the oral
contraceptive pill less effective. You should use additional contraceptive precautions
e.g. a condom, whilst taking Sebomin MR capsules and for 7 days after stopping
 anticoagulants (to stop blood clotting)
 ergotamine or methysergide (to treat migraine)
 ergometrine (to induce abortion or labour)
 diuretics (‘water tablets’) e.g. furosemide
 kaolin (to treat diarrhoea)
 sucralfate and bismuth salts (to treat ulcers)
 medicines such as antacids or other medicines containing aluminium, calcium, iron,
magnesium or zinc salts. Do not take at the same time as Sebomin MR capsules, as
absorption of minocycline may be reduced
 atovaquone (to treat pneumonia)
 medicines containing iron e.g. ferrous sulphate (to treat anaemia)
 colestipol or colestyramine (to treat high cholesterol)
 typhoid vaccines taken by mouth
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before taking Sebomin MR capsules.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding tell your doctor or
pharmacist before taking any medicine. Minocycline can cause permanent discolouration
and underdevelopment of tooth enamel or skeletal growth retardation in the child.
Driving and using machines
Sebomin MR capsules can cause headache, light-headedness, disturbed vision, ringing or
buzzing in the ears, dizziness, a feeling of dizziness or spinning (vertigo) and impaired
hearing. Make sure you are not affected before you drive, operate machinery or take part
in any activity that could put you or others at risk.
Important information about some of the ingredients in Sebomin MR capsules
Each capsule contains sunset yellow (E110) which may cause allergic reactions.
During long term treatment blood, kidney and liver tests will be carried out.
Taking with food or alcohol

Do not take the capsules at the same time as food, as it can make the medicine less
effective. Speak to your doctor before taking Sebomin MR capsules with alcohol, they
will advise you on how much you can drink.
How to take
Always take Sebomin MR capsules exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are not
sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Swallow the capsules whole, followed by a glass of water when standing or sitting
down. Do not take the capsules at the same time as food.

Adults (including elderly): 1 capsule (100mg) every 24 hours

 Children over 12 years old: 1 capsule (100mg) every 24 hours
 Children under 12 years old: Sebomin MR capsules are not recommended for use in
children under 12 years old. Minocycline can cause permanent discolouration and
underdevelopment of tooth enamel in children under 12 years old.
If you have impaired kidney function your doctor may give you a lower dose.
If you take more than you should
If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of capsules at the same time, or you think a child
may have swallowed any go to your nearest hospital casualty department immediately or
contact your doctor straight away.
If you forget to take the capsules
If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you remember it and then take the next dose
at the right time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking the capsules
Talk to your doctor before you stop taking the capsules and follow their advice.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Sebomin MR capsules can cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them. Stop taking the capsules immediately and seek urgent medical advice if the
following allergic reactions occur.
 swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing, wheezing,
tightness in the chest, a drop in blood pressure causing fainting or loss or
consciousness (this may be due to an increase in blood cells called eosinophils)
 rash, hives or itchy, red, flaky skin (exfoliative dermatitis), blood spots or bruising
and discolouring of the skin (anaphylactoid purpura)
 pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
 inflammation of the heart (pain in the chest, irregular or fast heartbeat, shortness
of breath)

inflammation of the liver (yellowing of the skin or eyes,tiredness, pain in
abdomen, joint or muscles)
viral infection of the lungs (cough, shortness of breath, high temperature) or fluid
in the lungs causing difficulty breathing, coughing up blood or pink frothy
phlegm, excessive sweating, anxiety, pale skin
lymph node disease (enlargement of glands in the neck, armpits or groin)
inflamed blood vessels causing muscle pain, cramps, unusual tiredness

Contact your doctor immediately if any of the following occur:
 increased pressure in the brain causing headaches, feeling sick and changes in
 changes in the amount or need to urinate, pain in the upper back, blood in the
 cases of or worsening of inflammation of tissues in the body causing large areas
of red scaly patches on the face, hair loss, weight loss, painful joints and fever
(Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
 severe form of skin rash with flushing, fever (rise in body temperature with
shivering, headache, nausea), blisters or ulcers (Stevens Johnson syndrome),
severe rash involving reddening, peeling and swelling of the skin that resembles
severe burns (toxic epidermal necrolysis)
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects occur:
Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 10)
 increased values in liver function tests
 dizziness
 blotchy, red, lumpy rashes
Rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)
 difficulty hearing, ‘ringing’ in the ears, headache, ‘spinning’ sensation
 diarrhoea, feeling or being sick, inflammation in the mouth, loss of appetite
 increased liver enzymes seen in tests, blockages in the liver which may cause
itchiness, dark urine or pale stools
 autoimmune system disorders causing inflammation, pain and dysfunction in the
bodies organs, blood vessels or muscle
 increase in white blood cells (seen in a blood test)
 hair loss, discolouration of the skin or teeth, increased skin sensitivity to sunlight
 numbness, ‘pins and needles’ or tingling sensation
 circular, irregular red patches on the skin of the hands and arms (erythema
multiforme), itchy skin (pruritis)
 shock (cold sweaty skin, weak pulse, irregular breathing, dry mouth, dilated
 inflammation of the kidneys (swollen ankles, high blood pressure)

Very rare (affects less than 1 user in 10,000)
 abnormal thyroid function (seen in blood tests), discolouration of thyroid tissue
(does not affect thyroid function), colour changes seen in the nails, bone or bodily
secretions (e.g. sweat, tears, breast milk)
 reduction in amount of red blood cells may cause tiredness or pale skin (anaemia)
 indigestion, inflammation of the small intestine (abdominal pain, diarrhoea),
throat or tongue
 ulcers in the throat, white patches in the in the mouth or genitals (thrush), cough
 difficulty speaking, pitted, small or misshapen teeth prone to decay
 swelling of the pancreas causing pain and tenderness in the abdomen or back
 worsening of asthma
 vaginal inflammation which may cause pain on urinating
 arthritis
 increased serum urea (seen in blood tests)
fits, sleepiness, presence of antinuclear antibodies in the blood (seen in a blood test), in
some cases, death has been reported. A disease in which the body's immune system
attacks liver cells, causing inflammation of the liver (autoimmune hepatitis). Druginduced hypersensitivity reaction that includes rash, and blood abnormalities (Drug rash
with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms - DRESS).
If you notice any side effects, they get worse, or if you notice any not listed, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via
the internet at Alternatively you can call Freephone 0808
100 3352 (available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Fridays) or fill in a paper form
available from your local pharmacy. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

How to store

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 30°C.
Keep container in the outer carton.
Do not use Sebomin MR capsules after the expiry date stated on the label/carton/bottle.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.


Further information

What Sebomin MR capsules contain
 The active substance (the ingredient that makes the capsules work) is anhydrous
minocycline (as the hydrochloride). Each capsule contains 100mg of the active
 The other ingredients in the capsule are glycerol monostearate 40-55, microcrystalline
cellulose 101 (E460(i)), povidone K-30 (E1201), purified talc (E553b), gelatin,
titanium dioxide (E171), sunset yellow (E110), quinoline yellow (E104), shellac
(E904), ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, butyl alcohol, povidone
(E1201), sodium hydroxide.
What Sebomin MR capsules look like and contents of the pack
Sebomin MR capsules are orange, opaque, hard gelatin capsules.
Pack sizes are 28 and 56.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and manufacturer
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK
This leaflet was last revised in October 2013.

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