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    Old 09-26-2016, 12:01 PM   #1
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    Unhappy Is Doxycycline Ototoxic?

    I have started taking doxycycline to treat a chronic lyme infection; I take 300 mg a day, which is a high amount, but only started taking it last Saturday (2 days ago).

    On the first day of taking it I did not notice any problems. Yesterday morning, however, I had a spike in my high frequency tinnitus for no particular reason, but it eventually died down.
    When I took my fourth pill (150 mg) that night, however, I got another tinnitus spike just before going to bed. When I woke up in the morning, some of my low frequency hearing was gone and my ears had a burning sensation.
    I have been losing my low frequency hearing regularly these days, but not out of the blue as happened last night.

    Doxy is not listed as being ototoxic, but I have heard accounts from people who at have at least had increases in tinnitus from the drug. I am especially worried because I started at such a high dose, even if I only took it for 2 days total. Most antibiotics seem to have an ototoxic risk associated with them.

    Is there a reason to be concerned, and will my symptoms reverse themselves?

    Thanks for the help!

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