Please consult your physician before taking any medication. Brand name: Minocin Generic name: Minocycline hydrochloride Why is Minocin prescribed? Minocin is a form of the antibiotic tetracycline. It is given to help treat many different kinds of infection, including: Acne, Amebic dysentery, Anthrax, Cholera, Gonorrhea (when penicillin cannot be given), Plague, Respiratory infections such as pneumonia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Syphilis (when penicillin cannot be given), Urinary tract infections, rectal infections, and infections of the cervix caused by certain microbes. Minocin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.