an update on my minocycline use.
I WILL NEVER TAKE THIS AGAIN!
About two weeks after starting on the med, i got sick with what I thought was the flu, a horrible flu. I had a fairly high fever, body aches, bad headaches. My boyfriend had just been sick (his whole office was out with the flu) so I assumed that I had caught it also, and just got it worse than him. I continued taking the minocycline for the first two of the five days I was sick. I got better a couple days later. I am obsessed with searching for info about drugs, illness, etc on the internet, so I was scouring the web for stuff about minocycline. It can have some serious side effects in some people. I came across some stuff that said fever, headaches, etc could be side effects. So in the back of my head I was thinking maybe it was the minocycline that made me sick, but was torn because so many people i know had just been sick as well.
I pretty much stopped taking it after that, partially because i was worried all those symptoms were caused by the pills, partially because Im lazy, and partially because Im just not a fan of putting antibiotics in my body on a regular basis. I think I took it on three separate nights in the last week and a half.
On monday I went back to the dr for my one month follow up on the minocycline. He said keep taking it but slowly reduce the doses, one day on, one day off... as long as i dont see a problem with my face. So I went home and took it again that night.
Within an hour and a half, my whole body was itching, I was shivering, I had a fever of 101.5, my legs and back were in so much pain, vomiting, diarrhea, I had a horrible headache, and my eyes were bloodshot. It was actually pretty scary. I was tempted to go to the ER. But as soon as I felt these things, it was instantly the same feelings I had when I thought I had the flu two weeks before.
I took the minocycline on monday night, its now wednesday afternoon, and this is practically the first time ive been able to get out of bed. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. I talked to the doctor yesterday, and his only advice was to stop taking it.... yeah, you dont have to tell me that now.
Just wanted to share the rest of my story with this drug. It may work well for some, but definately does not go well with my body. I have a history of being allergic to a couple different types of drugs though.