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Posted by Jean on March 07, 2000 at 15:56:23:

In Reply to: Re: Rheumatoid arthritis & minocycline posted by wondering on January 19, 2000 at 05:29:18:

I have been on minocycline 50mg. with a gradual increase to 200 mg. daily since the week of Christmas, '99. The results have fluctuated from one horrible flare-up to no pain and then some pain in two joint areas. The book "The Road Back" by Dr. Thomas Brown states that the cure may be a slow one however, my doctor is talking about taking me off of the drug. I'm interested in hearing of other experiences with this drug

: : Judy:Yes, Well almost.Minocycline was the first drug given to me.With little results.I graduated to oral gold and after a year or so the gold no longer worked.Not to mention the side effects.they were dredful.At that point I was terrified to go on to any other so called traditional drugs.Luckly, I found a doctor in Boston whom firmly beleived in antibiotic treatment and worked with a famous doctor known for working with antibiotics as a posible cure to RA.I have been on Minocin Pellet 100 mg Twice a day along with Oruvail 150 mg a day.Thats it.I must remind you ,i suffer from moderate to sever RA and it has done wonders for me.I also now that it does not work for everybody.I was lucky and I hope it continues to work for you.I wish you all the best.Always Russ B: : Is anyone on the antibiotic protocol (AP)minocycline for the treatment of RA? I was diagnosed with RA 6 mths ago & my doctor started me on it (100 mg twice daily, pill form)and IMMEDIATELY the flare ups stopped. I've had a slow but steady improvement over these 6 months, and feel just about normal again (which is a gift). I wondered if anyone else has these same benefits. Pls feel free to e mail me. thanks, Judy

: : : Anything I say should not substitute for advice from your doctor. Yes, Minocycline can work to some degree for RA. Its often used in people with mild cases as it doesnt work well enough on its own for really severe RA. Dizziness is a common side-effect and occurs in one out of ten patients.
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