doxycycline cause depression

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Meda
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   Posted 11/28/2006 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
 
  My  21 year old has been on doxycycline for about 2 months and we have noticed  some sliding into  depression....trouble focusing, becoming negative, losing joy of living....anyone else experience this?

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   Posted 11/29/2006 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Meda, Welcome to Healing Well. I am sorry about your child going through this...I havent heard of any problems with this medication causing depression.  My thought would be that if they have an illness for which they have to take long term antibotics perhaps this is the underlaying cause for the situational depression.  I would make a doctor's appointment and see what the physician has to say regarding this.  Good luck
 
 

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   Posted 12/2/2006 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   

doxycycline can be used for more than just antibiotics. it's also used for SIADH, high ammonia levels, etc. what is your 21 year old on this for???

my listed side effects in my PDR are: anoxrexia, trouble swallowing, stomach/GI distress, rashes, sensitivity to light, hives,

is your 21 year old on anyother meds/herbs? those can also interfere. doxycycline can interfere with antacids, antiseizure meds, iron, contraceptives, penicillins, alcohol.

you may want to call the doctor and explain this s/e. it's always a  good idea to talk to the doc when an unexpected side effect occurs. maybe this is just unrelated effect that just seems to be occuring. in any case, it's a great idea to call your doc/NP and talk about this. depression needs to be treated, i'm sure you know that. i don't know what your child is on the doxy for, so it's a bit difficult to give more info. i am a nurse though but i will try to help any way i can.

 

 

 



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Meda
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   Posted 12/2/2006 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
 
she is on this for perioral dermatitus..  from her dermatologist ..started it oct 2 and  we noticed  a downward, negative attitude about  3 weeks ago...I read some posts where people had experienced feeling bad on this medicine...she isn't on any other meds and is in great health

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   Posted 12/3/2006 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   

in that case, i would def call the derm and tell her. tetracycline is not such a great drug for that condition, but it's a first line only because it's very cheap.

please call and tell her derm and have her get on something else. she may also be experiencing depression related to something else??? its always possible.

i do wish you the best and if you have any other questions, please ask. i hope you're dd gets better soon.


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Chopper
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   Posted 7/12/2007 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey,

I have a problem similar to meda's, and was wondering if someone could help.

I am 16 and im on Doxycycline. i have been reading about the side effects, and some of them were depression and agitiation. just recently, i have realised myself that i am becoming angry much quicker then i normaly would, even little things have started to make me angry. Once i calm myself down i become depressed. In general, I am not happy. But i must keep taking it over an extended piriod of time, around three months. I fear that it will continue to get worse. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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   Posted 7/12/2007 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard the quinilone class of antibiotics can cause severe depression in some people but I have not ever heard of doxycycline causing it, but I would talk to your doctor about it.

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   Posted 7/14/2007 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there Chopper and Welcome to HealingWell! yeah

I would definately talk to your doctor about this one. I can't really advise too much about drugs since I dont know much about some of them and I am not a doctor but it definately sounds like you need to talk to your doctor about this one

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Jonny
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   Posted 7/14/2007 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi id like to respond to the doxyline (sp?) that you are on I have had a very similar problem with me Iv been on zithromax mostly for sinus infect. and it I feel caused some of my depression Im ususally on it for dental work and sinus pretty often I know being on certain antib. is not good but in my low immune system etc. I have to be and I noticed everytime Im on it I get agitated etc. sorta irritating you should talk to you doc about it now Im already on antidep. but did notice depressions seems to get worse while on the antibiotic. 

Jonny


Meaka
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   Posted 7/29/2007 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, Meda and Chopper-

I'm 16 too, and have been on Doxycycline for only a little while, but I used to take it for Lymes Disease. I remember the depression I went through, but I always thought it was because I was sick. Now that I'm taking it for an acne medication, I notice that I'm depressed... I totally feel like crying all the time! I think that you just have to stick through it and put up with it.... but talk to your doctor if it's really bad.

Sunnivara
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   Posted 7/30/2007 2:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about doxycycline in particular but I took the antibiotic Avelox (moxifloxacin HCL) once and it took me into a deep, dark place I never want to go again! It actually lists depression as a possible side effect so I know at least some antibiotics can cause depression. Fortunately, I felt much better within just a couple days of stopping it.

mc86
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   Posted 10/31/2007 3:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 21 yrs old and I have been taking doxycycline 100mg (for chronic inflammation) for 5 days now. Yesterday was the first time I experienced a dark, depressed feeling that made me feel as though something was weighing my chest down. I am usually an energetic happy person always looking on the bright side, but right now it's as if I'm stuck in some kind of trance, a nightmare I should say. I burst into tears for no apparent reason today..and my emotions are noticeably heightened. I feel worthless. I don't feel "up to" anything. I am starting to feel like I'm losing it. I wonder why my doctor didn't mention that depression was a possible side effect. I read the side effects that came with the prescription and no where on it did i find depression. i wonder if it's just me or if its doxy...

Post Edited (mc86) : 10/31/2007 2:07:24 AM (GMT-6)


Shelter
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   Posted 10/31/2007 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I work in Health Care,
and I was talking with a co- worker..

she shared with me about a young boy who was put on a drug for acne



after 1 month he committed suicide..

he was NEVER a sad boy

never trouble..

it was the medication

the family has sued the company

and won...

and thats here in CANADA ! wow

but it doesn't bring this young man 'life back...



my advice as a friend



feeling depressed / low / dark mood & you are not one to be that way...



I'd take him off it & then go to doctor...

drinking lots of water to get it out of your system



Years ago I was put on a med a Quinn type( spelling)

Plaquinel

i think it was called



I had murderous thoughts, gruesome thoughts.... after 3 weeks I knew if it continued I would have done something horrible to my children



I stopped th drug 7 those thoughts ceased immediately...

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   Posted 10/31/2007 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Mc
I would contact your doctor right away. Make a list before you go so you do not forget anything.
Those are feelings that should not go without proper help.



Please keep us posted and stay strong


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crew
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   Posted 11/29/2007 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Depression is not a documented side effect of doxycycline but it really should be. Here is my experience with it.

I suffer from depression but have had it under control for years. I am in my 40's not a teenager. I recognize when I am having an "episode" and can usually identify the cause and take steps. about 6 weeks ago the doctor put me on doxycycline for a skin condition. Almost immediately I started the worst episode of depression that I have felt in a very long while. I didn't connect it to doxycycline because it wasn't listed as a side effect. I stopped taking the antibiotic, not because I thought it was the cause but because it was upsetting my stomach (I wasn't taking it with food). Within a day or two I noticed I felt much better. That's when I starting wondering if there was any information on the doxycycline causing depression.

I checked online and found several people complaining of this side effect but I couldn't find it on any of the drug indication sites. Next, I called my sister, who is a dermatologist, and asked her. She had never heard of depression being a side effect of this drug. She prescribes it all of the time. With that in mind, I started back on my antidepressant medicine and began the 6 weeks of the antibiotic. Now, I this point you might be questioning my judgment, but I figured I knew what to expect and I thought I could handle it.

After 3 weeks I called the doctor to ask if I could switch to a different antibiotic because the depression was so bad. The doctor (not a very good doctor) left a message suggesting I just stop taking it. Well I have always been taught that if you don't finish a course of antibiotics your body gets resistant to them. What with MSRA cases cropping up I decided to try and finish the last 3 weeks. After 5 weeks I was having increasing thoughts of slitting my wrists to watch the blood. Although I suffer from chronic depression I have NEVER been suicidal. I took the medicine for 2 more days and figure that will have to be close enough to the 6 weeks!

Today is my first day of NOT taking the drug. I'll let you know how I feel tomorrow! :)


If your teenager is feeling depressed after taking this medicine, DO NOT rely on the doctor to know this side effect but insist on a different medicine.

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   Posted 12/5/2007 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
bump

6 days on doxy and I feel my anxiety is worse.

Any new input

crew
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   Posted 12/5/2007 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
It has been about 5 days since i stopped the doxy. The really bad thoughts and depression are gone. I am dealing with my "normal" depression which I think it triggered. At least I know how to take care of that.

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   Posted 12/6/2007 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Peace
I would contact your doctor right away, since you feel it is the med,then it is time to get on something else.




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crew
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   Posted 12/6/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Shy but I'm not taking the doxycycline anymore. I'm feeling much better now. If I needed the doxycycline for a long term or repeated use I would certainly contact a doctor about using a different medicine. From the medical sources I have looked into, the medical community does not recognize depression as a side effect for doxy but the patient evidence certainly says otherwise!

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   Posted 12/7/2007 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I wonder how long it will take before they figure that out? So many different side effects for meds,I would bet that within a year you will see the new "updated side effects".



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grace 14
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   Posted 12/8/2007 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi meda my mom has been on doxy. before she really was only on it for a month but she did kind of seem depressed but not really it was mostly grupy but my mom has lyme so I dont know if it has the same effects.

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   Posted 5/20/2008 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
To all concern,

I had the MRSA infection and I was on antibotics 4 different kinds and finally they put me on tetracycline for 2 months,

I felt so bad physically and mentally. I have been off the antibotic since Feb 29, 2008 and am still having nightmares about suicide and murder dreams.

I believe that antibotics do create depression. And I think we need to do some research. I just went on Zoloft and I hope this helps, but it has only been two weeks. If anybody is concerned please write back. Because Teenagers are taking it for acne and that is just wrong.

Thanks,

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Hello Love,

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JonnyB
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   Posted 5/23/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 21, and currently on DoxyCycline.
I was prescribed it as an alternative to Penicillan, because I am alergic to it.
 
I was diagnosed with a semi serious condition, that is cure-able with a single dose of Penicillan, but because of my alergies, I have to go through 2 weeks of DoxyCycline instead.
 
I am on my 2nd week, and am experiencing 'severe mental distress'.
I put it in quotes because thats pretty much the only way I can describe it.
 
I have felt extremely bored, tired, and lack of will to eat.
 
I find myself sitting at my pc, and then I am grabbing my head in frustration at small things, then after these mood swings, which occur within an hour of me taking the pill, I find I am retreating to my bed, to lye on my side, and wait for a calm resolve to settle.
 
 
Does anyone agree that this sounds like a side effect. I dont actually know how to describe this to the doctor in a way that doesnt sound 'funny'.
 
 
Note - The condition I was diagnosed with, was 'the Syph' - Queue Embarassment.

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   Posted 5/23/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jonny,

It sounds like a side effect to me. If your on a 2 week course of Doxycycline and you only have a few more days to go, I would presevere with it (Unless there are other serious side effects with it). My guess is that after you finish the doxycycline, things will calm down and go back to normal after a couple of days/a week. Do you / have you suffer(ed) depressive symptoms before?

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