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   Posted 3/30/2018 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
My daughter was to do 3 months on doxy for acne.. Over two months she had stomach aches and really had to take the med on a full stomach. The antibiotic noticeably increased her appetite. She was hungry all the time. She looks bloated and her belly looks bloated. She had none of these issues and hunger before. She has always ate regular meals at regular schedules and fairly conscientious of good choices. But her intake definitely increased. She has gained 5 pounds. That isn't much, but she is an active 13 year old who dances 15 hours a week with other activities. It almost seemed overnight. Now that the gut flora is damaged, can it be restored and how? It would be nice if the doctors were more open about the side effects as I sure don't want her to have a lifetime of altered metabolism and digestive issues. Should there be tests done to help restore her gut health.

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   Posted 3/30/2018 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kiki - welcome to our Lyme disease forum.

Doxy is known to be hard on the stomach and taking it with food helps.

Yes she can work on restoring her gut health. Did she not take probiotics when she was on the doxy?

I suggest you have her start them asap.
I take a few different ones each day. I purchase a couple different ones from our health food store in capsule form.
Some food sources: Yogurt, Kefir, sauerkraut

Bone broth is also very good for the stomach.
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   Posted 3/30/2018 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Does your daughter have lyme disease? Lyme could cause weight gain, I think. Because of the bloating, you might test for parasites.

But I had the same problem after I took a month of antibiotics when I was that age. I gained a lot of weight. I lost the weight in two or three years though. I never took probiotics, so that could have been part of it.

I'm sure that whatever trouble the antibiotics caused is reversible.
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