My MD put me on Doxycycline for two months for later stage Lymes-- 100 tab/2x per day. I was real good taking them religiously for 2 weeks even taking on empty stomach for more oomph (pharmacist recommended on empty)... got a little flakey/missing second pill on and off during last 10 days, partly because I take thyroid pills that require they be ingested on empty stomach too so it gets hard to eat and take meds w four doses/day that have to be on empty stomach. I'm advised to wait an hour between thyroid and doxy/ not take together. I don't even eat much but I do need to eat sometimes, I'm more of a grazer anyway, so it's hard to time all this. But also I hate the way the doxy affects me, maybe part of me is resisting and forgetting on purpose.
I swear to you I am not just making this up-- as soon as I got on the doxy I started to feel really anxious and very depressed. I was so happy to get on it in order to get better, but really felt a shift in my body and mind within a day or two as far as just really jarred and uncomfortable mentally, emotionally, physically. I'm not even bringing up how it tears up the digestive tract-- that to me is more tolerable than this yukky depression. I know I have to just suck it up so I can get better but now I have requested my second month of antibiotics be a different antibiotic, also because the 30 days doxy was $300 and my insurance actually wouldn't cover it because too expensive (paid cash, ouch). I got my MD to prescribe Amoxycillan for this second month.. I didn't ask for the one with the booster, should I? I thought I had heard Amoxycillan was better for later stage Lymes, mine would be two years or more, intense fatigue and cognitive impairment being the worst symptoms along w weird erratic heart and breathing stuff. There has been an improvement on all those symptoms on the doxy, tho the first week was seemingly worse.
My question is can I skip the last 3 days Doxy and just get on the next 30 days Amoxycillan? I know you need to be careful w antibiotics to complete the course, but since I'm getting on another full month of Amoxycillan which according to some protocols is almost overkill, I thought it could be ok. Seems I've read it doesn't affect mood like Doxy can in some, but also I was wondering if it's as effective, and should I request the Amoxycillan with the booster and if so what do I ask for? I haven't picked up my prescript
ion yet so could still request a change, my MD is pretty cooperative and sensitive about
my concerns.. She is not an LLMD per se but very caring.
Also wondered if others have gotten jarred depressed feeling on Doxy, I just read one of those on-line med help comparisons between Doxycycline and Amoxycillan-- and depression was actually on the list of potential side effects for Doxycycline but not for Amoxycillan.
Also just btw my friend who has LD says Doxycycline is closely related to another antibiotic that was used for acne, Accutane, known to have caused some suicides. I'm thinking that Doxycycline is an effective drug for many things but people should be informed or warned about
possible effects on mental health, at least if you have to take it and are feeling depressed or anxious, you will have the knowledge that it's because of the drug, not inherently you, and be able to tough it out.
Post Edited (Fancyhorse) : 5/23/2014 2:39:50 PM (GMT-6)