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    Old 04-20-2004, 09:24 PM   #16
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    Re: Minocycline: WARNING

    I was minocyclin the first time for three month- total clear and no side affects. My skin stayed clear for about three weeks after the first course before i started to break out again. The second time I had another three months supply but started getting a side affect simialiar to virtigo ( dizzy, off balance- couldnt waklk in a straight line ) ect. Became so bad that I actually fell down twice- then thats when I said thats enough- its not worht the clear skin- Ive been off of it for almost 8 month and still have the same effects but not as bad- Hopefully it will go away- Dr. said I could be expeirincing these for up to a year or more before it where off. he says the medication can stay in the blood stream for up to 4 yrs after u stop taking it. If I would have knowen about some of the side effects I dont think I would have taken it in the first place.

    I hear if u take vitimine c with it it will lesson the chance of u gettin the bruise spots on your skin- this is caused by the medication because it turnes your blood a bright purple color if takin over a long period of time???

     
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    Old 04-22-2004, 05:16 PM   #17
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    Re: Minocycline: WARNING

    Aaron43, I was just wondering, how much did you pay (US or CAN) for your minocycline? I just got a prescription for 50mg and I'm hoping it's not too costly.

     
    Old 04-22-2004, 06:25 PM   #18
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    Re: Minocycline: WARNING

    Mino cost me about 65 dollars a month (CDN) for 100 mg/day (2X50mg pills/day)

     
    Old 04-24-2004, 09:02 PM   #19
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    Re: Minocycline: WARNING

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    Nevertheless, I am taking it. It has been 2 months I am on it - and my dermatologist said to continue for another 2 months of 2 per day. [morning and night - 100mg].

    After the 4 month period, you should reduce to 2 months of just 1 per day.

    After that 2 month period, you should reduce to 1 pill every other day.

    The key is stopping in a decending manner. If you stop a drug completely the next day - your skin may get worse.

    I was just prescribed minocycline and it's a 50 day supply with 1 refill. If I take it for the 50 days and don't get more, does that mean that my acne will get worse because I stopped taking it so abruptly? This really worries me and it makes me not want to take it at all. I only have mild to moderate acne. The only thing that's actually really noticable is the red spots it leaves behind.

     
    Old 04-26-2004, 10:01 AM   #20
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    Re: Minocycline: WARNING

    My boyfriend was on minocyclin for about 2 weeks... he started getting hives, and although his acne cleared up somewhat, he couldn't live with the constant itchiness and bumps.

     
    Old 03-17-2008, 08:05 AM   #21
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    Re: Minocycline: WARNING

    I know this thread is old, but... last night my son who's been on mino for at least 2 years at twice a day 100mg, showed me his gums. the upper part of his gums are blue! thankfully the portion around his teeth are red. Called the derm this morning and gave them hell. Question they dared to ask me, 'he was in here in February - did he mention it then?" I said, 'he, nor I, knew that this is a side effect of mino. he didn't put 2 and 2 together (not sure if he even noticed it then anyway) and YOU should be looking for this stuff!' Well, they said, it doesn't happen very often. Anyway he was on a three month withdrawal period and it's been a month and they want him to stop - no really?! They also said, as I've read, that the blue should go away once he stops mino. I just hope we caught it in enough time so his teeth don't turn gray because that doesn't go away. I paid $4,000 to straighten his teeth! If they turn gray...

    So, please be careful and keep a watch on your teeth, gums, and fingernails (his nails are fine, but it is another area that could turn blue). Here we are trading one problem for a worse one!

    They put him on a topical antibacterial foam - I'll update with name as soon as I get it - they told me but I don't know how to spell it. He'll use that in the morning and taxorac at night. Hope he doesn't have a breakout.

    Just wanted to add that mino did clear up his acne but gave him an overall redness that I spent $$ on laser treatments to get rid of! He always looked like he had just done a major workout. Not a sunburn look just very flushed. The laser treatments helped but he needed 5 at $125 a pop. Didn't do it at derm, they acutally did two with their laser treatment at $250 a pop, but I couldn't afford to keep going. They gave him a third treatment at half price because of my bitching. ugh.
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    Old 03-19-2008, 12:08 PM   #22
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    Re: Minocycline: WARNING

    I was a long time minocycline user. I went to the derm BECAUSE of the brusing all over my legs that would not go away. She examined me and took notes. When she found out I was on mino for acne, she exclaimed, oh my!! how long? thats what the discoloration all over your legs is from. She said NO ONE should be on mino for a long period of time, and switched me to Doxycyline (which I am not taking) I also had very dark cirlces under eyes, like bruises, and other face patchiness. I have been off for 5 months and the discoloration is a lot better. Maybe this summer I won't have to hear OMG what happened to your legs? were you in a car accident? When I went back a few weeks later, she had studied up more on the mino issue and said there was just a medical journal story circulated about the dangers of mino and the bad side effects of long term use. Don't use this drug for a long time. I started on Spiro a month ago and am doing much better w/acne since mine is from androgen sensitivity. Good luck all.

     
    Old 03-19-2008, 12:53 PM   #23
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    Re: Minocycline: WARNING

    karm, how long were you on it? son was on it a little over 2 years.
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    Old 03-20-2008, 10:07 AM   #24
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    Re: Minocycline: WARNING

    Wow, this is sooo weird to hear. I have been on quite a few different antibiotics for acne...this was a few years ago, as I refuse to be on antibiotics now, since I understand that it is not good for your body and am very health conscious. anyway, i've been on Minocycline....I don't think I was ever on any antibiotics for more than a few months at a time, I always stopped due to side effects. But for a couple years I had bluish bruising all up and down my shins. It wasn't hugely noticeable, but if you looked you could definitely see I had bruising all up and down them. I just shrugged it off, since it wasn't something that physically hurt, and after a long time it went away. I don't have it now. But, I now suspect this is why. I never had any idea it was a side effect until reading this thread.

    DON'T TAKE ANTIBIOTICS, THEY ARE NOT GOOD FOR LONG TERM USE. Certainly no good for acne, unless all you're looking for is a shirt term fix and you don't mind having worse acne after you are done.

     
    Old 03-20-2008, 02:48 PM   #25
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    that is so strange.. I was on it for YEARS straight and never had any issues. For the most part i was on 100mg twice a day.

    I did have periodic bloodwork and it was always fine

     
    Old 03-20-2008, 03:37 PM   #26
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    Re: Minocycline: WARNING

    our derm never did bloodwork. never looked for anything or asked questions related to any side effects. the only thing they did say was that this happened infrequently. yeah, that gives me more comfy feeling. not.
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    Old 03-20-2008, 08:38 PM   #27
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    Re: Minocycline: WARNING

    Minocycline was a nightmare for me. After the 4th day I broke out in hives all over my body. I was miserably itchy all over, even my scalp! Hives would pop up on my eye lids and my ear lobes. On top of that, I had nausea, vomiting, ringing in my ears... literally every side effect that was on the warning label I got. I lost 10 pounds from all the vomiting and it took one week after I stopped taking the pills to fully recover. Obviously, I am severely allergic.

    And of course, my dermatologist did not tell me any of the side effects. It was not until I went to fill the prescription the pharmacist told me taking it can make birth control pills less effective. Be careful when taking this.

     
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