LymeNet Home LymeNet Home Page LymeNet Flash Discussion LymeNet Support Group Database LymeNet Literature Library LymeNet Legal Resources LymeNet Medical & Scientific Abstract Database LymeNet Newsletter Home Page LymeNet Recommended Books LymeNet Tick Pictures Search The LymeNet Site LymeNet Links LymeNet Frequently Asked Questions About The Lyme Disease Network LymeNet Menu

LymeNet on Facebook

LymeNet on Twitter




The Lyme Disease Network receives a commission from Amazon.com for each purchase originating from this site.

When purchasing from Amazon.com, please
click here first.

Thank you.

LymeNet Flash Discussion
Dedicated to the Bachmann Family

LymeNet needs your help:
LymeNet 2020 fund drive


The Lyme Disease Network is a non-profit organization funded by individual donations.

LymeNet Flash Post New Topic  New Poll  Post A Reply
my profile | directory login | register | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» LymeNet Flash » Questions and Discussion » Medical Questions » Is minocycline easier on the stomach than doxy? Which works better?

 - UBBFriend: Email this page to someone!    
Author Topic: Is minocycline easier on the stomach than doxy? Which works better?
jenniferk32
LymeNet Contributor
Member # 30718

Icon 1 posted      Profile for jenniferk32   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was nauseated and threw up all the time with doxy. My llmd changed me to clarythromycin, but I know it doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier. Most of my symptoms are neuropsychiatric, so I want to kill this thing in my brain.

My llmd has said confusing things to me about mino- first he said it has to be IV. At another visit I asked him if they have pill form and he said yes, but that it is prohibitively expensive because there is no generic and my insurance probably won't cover it.

BUT...I checked my insurance formulary online, and there IS a generic and it is covered with my normal co-pay. I want to call him tomorrow and ask for a prescription for it, but I want to make sure that it won't upset my stomach.

Also, does it kill Bart? I am pretty sure I have it. But I'm starting to wonder about the competence of my doctor. I have most of the symptoms of bart as listed in the Singleton book. But he PCR tested me for Babesia instead and it was negative. But I think I may have babs anyway because of drenching night sweats and air hunger that Artemisia definitely helps. Anyway, I think he should have tested me for Bart too, but not with the PCR test because I think PCR tests are useless.

I'm also upset that my llmd seems to not have a definitive plan of treatment for me. He has mentioned IV antibiotics but says he has to have a positive IGENEX test to get my PPO to cover it. I'm IFA positive, and positive on bands 31 and 58, and am indefinite on 41 of the WB. Apparently this does not qualify me for treatment even though the paperwork clearly states that Lyme is a clinical diagnosis....

However, even though he's saying the PPO won't pay without the positive test, I have a friend who got IV antibiotics paid for by the same insurance company I have with totally negative IFA and IGC results. That was based on the clinical diagnosis she got from the same exact doctor I see. That was three years ago, but could it have changed that much since her treatment? AND her HMO care manager approved it, which is a miracle in my opinion. I have a PPO so it should be much easier, right?

Also, what about cysts? My doctor had me on Lumbrokinase to break them up but d/c'd it a few months ago. Will I need it or something stronger for the Mino to actually reach the Spirochetes and kill them?

I just think that my doc seems to be saying a lot of contradictory things and I'm confused.

Sorry, lots of questions in here and a lot of venting...Answers and opinions would be very appreciated.

Posts: 107 | From Hesperia, CA | Registered: Feb 2011  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
karenl
Frequent Contributor (1K+ posts)
Member # 17753

Icon 1 posted      Profile for karenl     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Normally doxy is easier - mino is stronger.
You need to drink a full glass of water after and have a meal before doxy.

Posts: 1834 | From US | Registered: Oct 2008  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ESG
LymeNet Contributor
Member # 4816

Icon 1 posted      Profile for ESG     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
my daughter found that doxy made her more nauseous than mino, so she went back to mino.

Take the pill in the middle of the meal - not at the beginning and not at the end. Also, although people say drink a lot of water, I find the opposite is true for me (or perhaps anyone with reflux): less liquids = less nausea. I do sip water after the meal, but slowly. And stay upright - no pressure on stomach from posture or tight clothing.

Also something with a little fat helps & something than absorbs stomach acids. I take doxy. Neither of us can take the ABX with just salad or fruit - we need meat, bread/pasta/rice, cheese, peanut butter, etc. in the meal.

There are also 2 forms of doxy - a little pill and the larger capsule: you might try one and then the other: people often do better on one than on the other. Pharmacist should help you with that.

Posts: 424 | From Connecticut, USA | Registered: Nov 2003  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
ESG
LymeNet Contributor
Member # 4816

Icon 1 posted      Profile for ESG     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
the combo that helped me a lot was adding Tindamax to the Doxy; my daughter takes it with her Mino. Search here - there are posts re. Tindamax. It helps with the cysts.
Posts: 424 | From Connecticut, USA | Registered: Nov 2003  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Lymetoo
Moderator
Member # 743

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Lymetoo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Mino is easier on the stomach. I don't THINK it helps bart.

Sounds like you need to do some doctor shopping.

--------------------
--Lymetutu--
Opinions, not medical advice!

Posts: 95660 | From Texas | Registered: Feb 2001  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
bcb1200
Frequent Contributor (1K+ posts)
Member # 25745

Icon 1 posted      Profile for bcb1200     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Mino is easier on the stomach...but harder on the ears. It can make you dizzy and give you tinnitus.

--------------------
Bite date ?
2/10 symptoms began
5/10 dx'd, after 3 months numerous test and doctors

IgM Igenex +/CDC +
+ 23/25, 30, 31, 34, 41, 83/93

Currently on:

Currently at around 80% +/- most days.

Posts: 3123 | From Massachusetts | Registered: May 2010  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
   

Quick Reply
Message:

HTML is not enabled.
UBB Code is enabled.

Instant Graemlins
   


Post New Topic  New Poll  Post A Reply Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:


Contact Us | LymeNet home page | Privacy Statement

Powered by UBB.classic™ 6.7.3


The Lyme Disease Network is a non-profit organization funded by individual donations. If you would like to support the Network and the LymeNet system of Web services, please send your donations to:

The Lyme Disease Network of New Jersey
907 Pebble Creek Court, Pennington, NJ 08534 USA


| Flash Discussion | Support Groups | On-Line Library
Legal Resources | Medical Abstracts | Newsletter | Books
Pictures | Site Search | Links | Help/Questions
About LymeNet | Contact Us

© 1993-2020 The Lyme Disease Network of New Jersey, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Use of the LymeNet Site is subject to Terms and Conditions.