Tooth Discoloration From Doxy

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 11/2/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I just recently noticed that my teeth were becoming discolored. After speaking with my Doc today we think the Doxy is causing this problem. Has anyone else encountered this and even more important were you able to reverse the damage with anything? We are changing meds but of course not without issue from my insurance. I am ready to scream again.

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   Posted 11/2/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Just another note. My meds are being changed from the Doxy to Azithromycin and Plaquenil, but I just read where the azithromycin can cause tooth discoloration also. Am I just running in mad circles?

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   Posted 11/2/2009 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Zithromax discolored my teeth after a couple weeks. So I stopped taking it. It did fade eventually, took a couple months. I'm not on any antibiotics now.

Take care, diana

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   Posted 11/3/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Diaba, 
This is Kay of KC and I was taking 400 mg. of Doxycycline for one full year with Mycobutin (Oral form of Rifampin) and my teeth actually had black etching from the surface.  Rest assured,  a good cleaning and some white strips, back to normal. 
I panicked too, but if you can hang in there, try to. cool
 PS. I am now treating the Babesia with Mepron, yellow paintball like liquid suspension and now they're yellow!

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   Posted 11/4/2009 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
The fun never ends. I was on doxy for 3 weeks, then switched to mepron - now on week four. No tooth discoloration yet. Nice to know what I have to look forward to.

I have Lyme; it doesn't have me.

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   Posted 11/5/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I spoke with someone the other day who swears by Arm & Hammer Whitening Tooothpaste. She said it helped to keep the staining at bay after having her teeth cleaned. She has LD also, so I guess I will give that a try. Just a side note, I am now taking Biaxin instead of Zithromax because my insurance wouldn't cover it. Oh the joys of insurance.

Nicky D
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 11/5/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   

I just noticed that I have discoloration between my teeth- it's gone a dark brown color. I'm taking Rifampin, Ceftin and Bactrim. Does one of those cause tooth discoloration? I can't think of anything else it could be

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   Posted 1/5/2014 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on doxy rifampin and Tindamax. In my third month I got the brown/black mold like stains on the inside of my teeth and a bad sour taste in my mouth. My hygienist cleaned it off easily and the bad taste went away. Six weeks later it was back. I now get my teeth cleaned every two months until I get off these abx.


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   Posted 1/5/2014 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
So, in the process of treating Lyme I will go blind from Plaquenil, my teeth will be discolored from Doxy, will become completely nutritionally deficient from Azithromycin, and my liver ruined by Mepro. I am sorry but is there a better multiple choice list?!??!?!
Tick 11/2011
First symptoms 9/2012
Incapacitated 8/2013
Abx that have not been working and looking for something that will work

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   Posted 1/6/2014 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
My teeth are getting discolored from Doxy too. I also have the black rimming my teeth (is that from toxins?), the Dr. told me to use biotene toothpaste and mouth rinse with has to have the PFB...and it has actually broke some of this black lining down in places, but not getting rid of it completely..I'm waiting on a cleaning appt with my dentist.
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