Doxycycline increase my anxiety symptoms?

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MoonBearzz
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   Posted 12/29/2017 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I have OCD which causes me to suffer anxiety from intrusive thoughts of self harm. I've had the OCD symptoms my whole life but the anxiety spiked and was at it's worst at the end of 2014 through to 2016. it's taken years but the anxiety has lessened a lot but is still occurs more than I'd like.

I've been prescribed doxycycline for acne but I'm worried that it may increase the intrusive thoughts and anxiety, as I've read stories of the medication causing anxiety.

I'm looking for advice for if I should take the medication. I'm sick of having acne as it causes self-esteem issues, but I don't want my OCD to be as bad as it was again because my thoughts and feelings are absolutely terrifying.

Also, I have found over the past few years I've had increasing symptoms of social anxiety, I don't think it's bad enough yet for a diagnosis, but I seem to be heading down that path. I'm worried that the medication may also increase my anxiety in this area also sad

Should I try it out for a while or just avoid it all together?

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   Posted 12/30/2017 12:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome!

While it is true that some abx can exacerbate anxiety is some people...you just can't know for certain one way or the other unless you try.

The gains may out weight the risk, since this could be a positive step for you...and your worries may not be justified, since you have a good chance of having no s/e issues.

Increasing your coping skills and staying optimistic if you decide to go ahead with your Rx will go a long way in ensuring that all goes well...

...and in the off chance that you do run into any issues...knowing the reason behind the problem, and being able to discontinue if need be should be of some comfort.

This is of course a personal choice...but I think that If it were me, I would go ahead, hope for the best and give it a try.

Post with us anytime for sharing and support!

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MoonBearzz
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   Posted 12/30/2017 3:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your reply! I've decided i will try the prescription and hope that all goes well

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 12/30/2017 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
MB,

I hope so to! Check out our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great self help material that you should find helpful...

...and keep us updated if you like. smile

S.C.
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