By Vincent A. Vidaurri, PharmD, BCOP: For More Info, Go Here…
Minocycline is an antibiotic that reduces inflammation. Doctors usually use minocycline for the treatment of bacterial infections such as pneumonia, but one off-label use is to help treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). That said, newer treatments for RA are now more common than minocycline.
Some research suggests that minocycline can relieve the symptoms of RA. It seems to be more effective in the early stages of the condition.
Evidence from research published the 1990s suggests that minocycline can improve:
Although minocycline can reduce inflammation, swelling, and tenderness, it does not completely stop disease progression.
Doctors now use minocycline sparingly in the treatment of RA because new agents and other DMARDs are more effective in reducing the symptoms and slowing its progression. Researchers have also studied it less than other treatment options.