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blackbyrde
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Hi everyone.

I am wondering if anyone has been on minocycline for a long time (3 months or more) and experienced any of the side effects such as teeth staining or skin discolouration? From what I can find online, it seems that this side is rare?

And thoughts on using mino or doxy on an almost 12 year old? He has 10 adult teeth and the rest still have to go.

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My teeth used to turn black on minocycline, but it scraped right off at the dentist.

I believe his permanent teeth need to be in or the tetracyclines can stain his permanent teeth as they're growing.

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The vestibular system is often more affected with minocycline.

Don't count on always being able to walk, ride a bike or walk near traffic when the vestibular system is irritated. Even reading, thinking, talking can be really hard. So timing around school work helps.

Sound can be more hurtful, too, so certain protective measures should be in place first.

I've heard of some adults and young adults who did great with mino, some the opposite. Just knowing what can help in advance, though, could make a lot of difference.

Liver support may help. There are some posts here that explain what can help one better tolerate minocycline, in better detail:

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=065801

Topic: TINNITUS: Ringing Between The Ears; Vestibular, Balance, Hearing with compiled links - including HYPERACUSIS
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It sounds like the 12-year-old might not yet be taking either doxycycline or minocycline. Mino is discussed in thread above. In case doxy detail is needed:

Doxycycline cautions:

1. Even autumn or winter sun, even early morning or late afternoon sun can burn. "Doxy burns" can be very rough.

avoid sunlight on your skin (even "bounced" sun - or through a window) even for weeks after stopping doxycycline if you go onto a different antibiotic.


2. Food with doxy is vital to protect stomach. But no dairy. Do not take with any multi minerals, either. The food minerals will lessen the medicine level and make it not as effective.

A substantial meal, in the middle with some food before and after the doxycycline really matters.

Protect stomach but do not take a PPI - proton pump inhibitor (they have some negative effects). take doxy with a substantial snack or meal - in the middle so you've got some food before and after

Avoiding gluten can help with the stomach, too.

3. keep torso as close to upright as possible for at least 30 minutes after doxycycline taken so as to help protect esophagus from the irritation it can cause if lying down.

Depending upon the angle of the particular chair, the most upright position of a recliner MIGHT be okay if you must rest your head or put your feet up, just don't slink down.

PROTECT EARS / HEARING - when taking certain Rx, the ears need protection. Ear plugs with a hair dryer . . . decibel rated muffs with a blender, vacuum, lawn equipment, etc.

Careful around loud music and best to avoid in the ear pods. There is a link in the Liver Support thread that explains why.


http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=3;t=030792;p=0

LIVER & KIDNEY SUPPORT & and several HERXHEIMER support links, too.


PROBIOTICS also vital, take a couple hours away from antibiotic (both clock directions)
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Problems that doxycycline brings from sun exposure most certainly can make spring & summer challenging. And that is where minocycline can be so much easier, if well tolerated.

If doxy is being used -- special clothing is purchased to prevent the sun on the skin, be sure it's not coated / infused with chemicals.

Also be sure it's breathable. Lyme can really mess up any person's ability to regulate temperature and - even just one or two degrees - can cause very rough times.

It's usually a TIGHT WEAVE of the fabric that keeps the sun out and, yet, an open weave is usually what helps fabric breathe. Cotton, too. Yet, some of the newer fibers and techniques might be explored.

For as dorky as it might seem at first, a special SUN UMBRELLA could be of help. As to if any 12-year-old person on planet earth would be caught dead using one, that's another matter entirely.

Maybe if the design was cool enough?

A regular umbrella will not do, though, special "anti-sun" (?) fabric would be required.
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Thanks for the info, will look through in detail. [Smile]

He's not on doxy or mino; it's a possibility though. I was aware of the sun damage with doxy but wasn't sure about mino. This is a kid who spends every day outside in the summer, so definitely have to consider that.

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I didn't have sun trouble on mino, but did on doxy.

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