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  • #454249
    richie
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    `My last minocin rx cost my insurance company 6100 for 180 capsules -At 200 mg daily thats a three month supply–No way my insurance company is going to go for 24000 a year –I would think many people out there will face a similar dilemma because of the tremendous price increase –my plan is to get approval for the Teva version of Solodyn generic extended release minocycline tablets in 95 mg —It has a true extended release feature that is even longer than minocin pellets —I will use this as a fall back after I fight like hell for the pelleted brand !!!!!!!!!! -I did lots of research and this is the best alternative for me –Suggest whomever takes the brand –have a contingency plan in hand and dont wait for last minute –richie

    #454251
    frhorngal
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    Thanks for the info- I’ll definitely be exploring this option with my next refill!

    RA/Lyme: 100mg Minocin (brand) MWF, 3mg LDN, 10mg CBD- BID

    #454252
    PhilC
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    I believe that the name-brand minocycline closest to Minocin is Dynacin. The problem with Solodyn is that it’s not bioequivalent to Minocin. Also, I believe that Solodyn has been discontinued, though generic forms appear to still be available.

    Phil

    "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
    - Albert Einstein

    #454253
    richie
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    `Solodyn is now being made by Valeant –still being made —-Teva just got their NDA approval for solodyn generic —while its 95 mg -close enough —the main reason I will opt for this is that it is extended release and hopefully would have the same penetration as minocin pellets -richie

    #454254
    richie
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    `Correction Teva has been enjoined from offering solodyn generic –I was looking at old news –back to the drawing boards–

    #454260
    Trudi
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    This was on the news this morning: Finding the best prescription drug prices–
    http://www.consumerreports.org/drugs/6-tips-for-finding-the-best-prescription-drug-prices

    Lyme/RA; AP 4/2008 off and on to 3/2010; past use of quinolones may be the cause of my current problems, (including wheelchair use); all supplements (which can aggravate the condition) were discontinued on 10/14/2012. Am now treating for the homozygous MTHFR 1298 mutation. Off of all pain meds since Spring '14 (was on them for years--doctor is amazed--me too). Back on pain med 1/2017. Reinfected? Frozen shoulder?

    #454262
    PhilC
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    Hi Richie,

    Teva just got their NDA approval for solodyn generic —while its 95 mg -close enough —the main reason I will opt for this is that it is extended release and hopefully would have the same penetration as minocin pellets

    Minocin is not extended release, so there’s no equivalence between the two. Powder-filled capsules tend to release their contents very rapidly. In the case of minocycline, that can lead to side effects like stomach upset and vertigo (dizziness). The pellets in Minocin pellet-filled capsules are designed to disintegrate a little more slowly (but not as slowly as extended release) to reduce the incidence of side effects. Dynacin tablets are designed to behave in a similar way.

    Phil

    "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
    - Albert Einstein

    #454263
    richie
    Participant

    `Hi Phil
    Appreciate the info -thx
    richie

    #454266
    bonnielou
    Keymaster

    I just purchased from BuyLow drugs in Canada.
    Product: Quantity: Price (USD):
    Minocin (Minocycline) 100mg (9006 – 22) 112 Capsules $196

    They advertise this as name brand manufactured in the United Kingdom. I only take 6 pills per week, so that’s more than 4 months supply. I can do this 3 times/year. I am hopeful this will continue to be an option.

    Bonnie

    Bonnie Lou
    RA 02/07,AP 10/07
    Minocycline 200mg MWF; Plaquenil 100mg 3 days/week
    Fish Oil, Ubiquinol, Turmeric, Vit C (2 grams) , MultiVit, Magnesium, Astaxanthin, D3 (5000), probiotics and a daily dose of yoga!

    #454274
    richie
    Participant

    `Hi Is it Minocin –green pelleted capsules or minomycin –
    Richie

    #454277
    PhilC
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    Hi Richie,

    I believe that what they’re selling is Minocin MR, which is not exactly the same thing as the Minocin that is sold here. It is pelleted, though.

    Phil

    "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
    - Albert Einstein

    #454278
    Maz
    Keymaster

    Richie, you’ll find all the info on Minocin MR sold through http://www.buylowdrugs.com and made in UK/Germany by MEDA Pharmaceuticals here:

    http://www.drugs.com/uk/minocin-mr-capsules-100mg-leaflet.html

    Capsule is described as: “Orange opaque body and brown opaque cap containing a mixture of white and colored (yellow, green, brown/black) spherical pellets.”

    Cost through buylowdrugs.com for 56 Minocin MR capsules is $103.00 US

    http://www.buylowdrugs.com/rx-drugs/minocin.php

    Bonnie, sounds like you are buying the British generic minocycline? The Minocin MR brand is listed second from top with a small British flag.

    Hard to say if this is the Lederle equivalent of the original US Minocin or not. Would need to compare ingredients. Clearly capsule and pellet dyes are different, but pellets that are “modified release” (MR) sound to be same or similar.

    Best, Maz

    Severe, swift onset RA as a result of Lyme disease
    Current Meds: Biaxin (500mg BID), Tetracycline (500mg BID), Tirosint (88mcg), Liothyronine (10 mcg), Compounded Liposomal Artemisinin, LDN (3mg), Topical Progesterone,
    Current Supps: Curcumin, Bovine Colostrum, ALA. NAC, Milk Thistle, Super Liquid Folate/B12/B-Complex, Probiotics, Vit D3
    Supportive Measures: IV Myer's Cocktails, IV Glutathione, FIR Sauna, Gluten-free diet, Gym.

    #454289
    richie
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    `Hi Maz –thanks –I copied the BUY Low page —168 capsules would be 289.00 -thats an excellent price and certainly would be plan A for me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #454290
    PhilC
    Participant

    Here are the ingredients in Minocin:

    MINOCIN® Pellet-Filled Capsules for oral administration contain pellets of minocycline HCl equivalent to 50 mg, 75 mg or 100 mg of minocycline in microcrystalline cellulose.

    The capsule shells contain the following inactive ingredients: Blue 1, Gelatin, Titanium Dioxide and Yellow 10. The 50 mg and 75 mg capsule shells also contain Black and Yellow Iron Oxides.

    Source: MINOCIN – minocycline hydrochloride capsule, coated pellets

    The formulation for MINOCIN® Pellet-Filled Capsules is a fairly simple one. I know of no other minocycline capsules or tablets that are as simple, ingredient-wise, and I’ve studied the ingredients of quite a few in the course of my research. From my point of view, the simple formulation is a plus because it most likely reduces the risk of allergic reactions.

    Here are the ingredients in Minocin MR:

    5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

    MINOCIN MR Capsules contain the active ingredient minocycline as minocycline hydrochloride, a semi-synthetic derivative of tetracycline.

    6.1 List of excipients

    Pellets:

    Microcrystalline cellulose
    Croscarmellose sodium
    Hypromellose phthalate 50
    Hypromellose (E464)
    Light liquid paraffin
    Methylene Chloride
    Methanol
    Purified Water
    Opaspray K-1-7000 (white), (containing: Titanium dioxide Hydroxypropylcellulose)-

    Capsule shells:

    Titanium dioxide (E171)
    Iron oxide yellow (E172)
    Iron oxide red (E172)
    Iron oxide black (El72)
    Gelatin

    Capsule Cap:

    Titanium Dioxide
    Iron Oxide red (El72)
    Iron Oxide black (E 172)
    Iron Oxide yellow (E172)
    Gelatin

    Source: Minocin MR 100mg Modified Release Capsules

    Phil

    "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
    - Albert Einstein

    #454291
    Maz
    Keymaster

    `Hi Maz –thanks –I copied the BUY Low page —168 capsules would be 289.00 -thats an excellent price and certainly would be plan A for me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hi Richie,

    I hope the Minocin MR will work just as well for you as the original US brand. There are differences as both Phil and I pointed out, so it may be more a question of who is sensitive to what dye and filler and who is not. Hopefully, the active ingredient will be as effective for you. I guess no one will know if it is not tried, but the same rings true for any generic or other brand name.

    Severe, swift onset RA as a result of Lyme disease
    Current Meds: Biaxin (500mg BID), Tetracycline (500mg BID), Tirosint (88mcg), Liothyronine (10 mcg), Compounded Liposomal Artemisinin, LDN (3mg), Topical Progesterone,
    Current Supps: Curcumin, Bovine Colostrum, ALA. NAC, Milk Thistle, Super Liquid Folate/B12/B-Complex, Probiotics, Vit D3
    Supportive Measures: IV Myer's Cocktails, IV Glutathione, FIR Sauna, Gluten-free diet, Gym.

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