Tinnitus and doxycycline - high pitched ringing

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   Posted 9/14/2017 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Do folks know if doxycycline can cause or make tinnitus in the ears worse? (as some antibiotics supposedly can)

I wanted to hear experiences, and if they did have it worsen, at what dose

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   Posted 9/14/2017 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I read that it is a very rare side effect of doxy.

Only found that on one site...and can't even find it again!

It's most likely a herx....
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   Posted 9/14/2017 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Tinnitus was one of my husband's first symptoms way before he even started treatment.

Good Article

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   Posted 9/16/2017 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had trouble with tinnitus since I started treatment. My Lyme-friendly neurologist suggested that most neuro sx are caused by inflammation so that is something to consider.

He also gave me this recipe to try - I never did because I generally had success with lowering inflammation with japanese knotweed, turmeric, and busting biofilms - but here's the recipe:

Niacin 100mg once/day
L-lysine 500mg once/day
Lipoflavonoid one tablet once/day

Hope that's helpful -
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   Posted 4/8/2018 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I began long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme with Augmentin because Doxy made me vomit. I have noticed that my brain fog, severe headaches, fatigue and constant colds and infections are much better. But I have experienced a marked increase in the volume and constancy of tinnitus - sometimes to the point where I hear three frequencies, two in one ear and another in the other ear. Is anyone else having problems with Augmentin and tinnitus worsening?
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