Doxycycline increase my anxiety symptoms?

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MoonBearzz
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   Posted 12/30/2017 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
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 2:13 AM (GMT -6)   
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 5:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply! I've decided i will try the prescription and hope that all goes well

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   Posted 12/30/2017 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
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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   Posted 1/21/2018 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
UPDATE:

The first week of taking the medication I felt anxious a lot just in general, and not the anxiety I associate with OCD. On the 7th day I was on the verge of a panic attack, (my chest started hurting, clouded thoughts, shallow breathing, fast heartbeat etc) and i struggled to calm myself down but eventually did. The next morning I skipped taking the prescription as I was flying internationally and wanted to avoid an actual panic attack, but resumed taking it daily the following day.

The anxiety lessened after that but it's still more than usual.

the second and third weeks taking it I was on holiday in another country (which i just got back from) and I noticed in the first week that I started having thoughts that are kinda ******l thoughts I guess? Like the thought of jumping of a bridge or just dying seems ideal.(I'm not going to do anything don't worry!)
Also I'm getting increased urges to s**f h**m. I feel as though it could be a release from my bad thoughts. In the past two weeks I've been constantly questioning whether life was worth living and i can't help thinking that it's not

Before taking doxycycline:
I was already in a negative head space with low self esteem, and constant negative thoughts and feeling bad quite a lot. My mental health has overall been declining and pretty bad over the last 2 years and I've neglected it. (( I also occasionally have the urge to dig pens and my nails into my skin but never as bad as it is now.))

I'm supposed to be taking the medication for 12 weeks and I've only done 3. I know I should stop taking it but then I would have to tell my mum the reason why and I just can't do that as I feel she wouldn't take me seriously.
I also just want to not feel insecure about my skin constantly so I want to keep taking the prescription but I know that's a bad idea.

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   Posted 1/21/2018 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
M.B.,

I am sorry that you are struggling with all of this. Anxiety...skin issues...they are hard enough to deal with...but then add in possible Rx complications and it all must seem very overwhelming. sad

Your doctor needs to know about your self harming thoughts. Even if you are not acting on them, (which is great news, well done!) you will want to find an alternative plan that has you free of these compulsions.

If you feel that you can't talk to your mom at this time, is there another trusted person in your life that you can confide in? If you are in school, your counselor would be a great choice...or perhaps your pastor/youth leader if you attend church. Getting someone to help advocate/mediate things between you and your mom could help her to take you more seriously.

Please do take these steps to get the help that you need. Things will get better....with time and continued effort. Do practice the self help from our Resources...and let us know how you are doing soon.

Peace and progress,

S.C.
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