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    Old 03-05-2001, 09:57 PM   #1
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    Any experienced minocycline users? Advise needed.

    I just started on a minocycline regiment a few days ago. My doctor prescribed two doses of 100mg each everyday, and I've been keeping on this exact schedule. Every time I take this medication, I would experience some kind of dizziness or lightheadedness soon after. Is there anything I can do to lessen these side-affects? Will the side-affects go away once I'm used to this medication? Are there other oral antibiotics, similar to minocycline, that would produce less side-affects? Any advice given would be greatly appreciated. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

     
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    Old 03-06-2001, 08:58 AM   #2
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    Re: Any experienced minocycline users? Advise needed.

    I had the same problem when I started takin minocycline. I was really dizzy and had horrible headaches. I called my dermatologist and he decreased my dosage from 100mg twice a day to 50mg twice a day and I don't feel dizzy or have chaes anymore. Just call your doctor and ask for 50mg doses instead. Good luck!

     
    Old 03-06-2001, 10:14 AM   #3
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    Re: Any experienced minocycline users? Advise needed.

    Lightheadness and dissyness is a pretty common sideeffect in the first week or so of using minocycline...I experienced the same thing. Are you taking the minocycline with a meal? If not, doing so might help...otherwise, you can do such things as decrease dosage (which may also decrease results) or switch antibiotics (tetracycline and Erythromycin or also used pretty commonly to treat acne, although I think that minocycline is considered to be the most effective).

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    Old 03-06-2001, 10:43 AM   #4
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    Re: Any experienced minocycline users? Advise needed.

    I was on mino, 100mg/day, for a few months and experienced only mild light headedness (no headaches). 200mg/day can be dangerous long term, and severe headaches can signal pseudotumor cerebri (fluid buildup in the skull). I would suggest reducing the dosage.

    I should add that I absolutely HATE this drug. Reasons:

    1) While it can reduce infection, it is not effective against many strains of staph aureus, which live on normal skin. You can become susceptible to secondary infection (e.g. boils) if this bacteria overgrows.

    2) It suppresses the immune response, which is why it is effective in treating inflamed acne long term (and also why it is also used with success to treat arthritis).

    3) There are too many potentially dangerous side effects (including pseudotumor cerebri, hepatitis, lupus, ets.) -- admittedly rare, but there have been a few fatalities reported.

    4) You can't be on it forever, and your acne will come back once you stop.

    Sorry to be so negative, but this is my view of things after research and experience.

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    Old 03-06-2001, 11:04 AM   #5
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    Yes gianni is right on the account that you can't take mino, (or any other antibiotics) forever...they are usually used in conjunction with a topical in hopes of eventually eliminating the antibiotic and maintaining results with the topical, or as simply a "time-buyer".

     
    Old 03-06-2001, 03:53 PM   #6
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    Re: Any experienced minocycline users? Advise needed.

    Yeah, I've read all the possible side-affects and dangers associated with minocycline. As for the dosage, my doctor specifically told me to take the 100mg caplets twice a day for a month, then I can decrease it to just once a day. What would be a good topical cream/gel to use with mino? Right now, I'm just using a 10% BP cream, but that isn't helping me much...

     
    Old 03-06-2001, 04:42 PM   #7
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    Re: Any experienced minocycline users? Advise needed.

    I use tazorac...which is a prescription topical

     
    Old 03-06-2001, 06:53 PM   #8
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    Re: Any experienced minocycline users? Advise needed.

    I was on mino at first when I went to my Dermatologist. It helped at first, but after about a month it pretty much lost all its uses, it all came back, and it was about that time I went back and got some other medication (Doxcyclomno or something? I forget) and that did squat (and he said it was more powerful!) so I gave up on this Dermatologist and I've went my own route. Although my own route just consists of washing my face and not playing with my acne, I feel a lot better about myself. Of course, it didn't vanish, but I still feel better ;p

    But anyway..about the dizziness..

    My first week of mino I took it without the glass of water (I'm in a rush before school, and just lazy before I goto bed) and the dizziness got so bad I almost passed out in school once ^_^ I never got headaches, but the dizziness was extreme. At another point I had to pull my car over because I thought I was going to pass out again. Hehe, nasty stuff. But after the first week I started gulping the full glass of water, and this took away the dizziness, but made me sick since drinking full glasses of water seems to do that to me..(man, do I suck or what?).

    After about 2 weeks, the dizziness was gone. I could take the pill without a glass of water too. Of course, maybe this is what contributed to the pill not working. Oh well. A hearty curse to my dermatologist and his idiotic sense of doctorism <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">


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