100 mg Minocycline...should I up the dosage myself?
Posted 13 August 2007 - 07:09 PM
Posted 18 August 2007 - 02:00 AM
I myself take 200mg(100mg 2x a day), but if anything it was to stop a massive flare up that came outta nowhere. One day I had nothing and within a few days I had like 10 cysts. I went for a follow up and I'm still taking 2x a day(he didn't really say anything about changing it), but maybe it's because I've taken Mino 100mg 1x a day for 2 years prior to this double dosage.
My topic is a couple ones below yours, if you wanna see what 200mg a day for 17 days will do to you.(it actually cleared up couple days earlier, but I posted them at 17 days)
But honestly...you may have your clear skin but nobody will trust you with your medicine anymore. Maybe your parents will enforce a strict rule where THEY will hand you your one pill a day, if you can't be responsible with the medication. It leads to more trouble then it's worth.
They could be total hard-asses and just stop buying you medication altogether. My parents have used that one me, to get me to do things I didn't wanna do. If you don't do blah blah blah, we're not getting you anymore medication. It works.
Posted 20 August 2007 - 08:57 PM
I'm excited/anxious to see how things work out.... I hope there's not a big initial breakout though, I've been using Differin cream once a day for the past 8-9 weeks and it was horrible for the first 4-6 weeks... and I'm starting at a new school in a week!
Good luck with things - and listen to your doctor!
Posted 15 August 2008 - 07:31 PM
Posted 10 August 2011 - 01:51 PM
Can anyone else comment on whether going from 100mg once per day to twice per day has helped?
Did anyone initially break out worse when starting an increased dose?
How long does it take to see the results of a specific dose?
Posted 20 September 2011 - 09:45 AM
Posted 27 November 2011 - 07:54 PM
Posted 05 June 2012 - 05:34 AM
Edited by LillyMay77, 05 June 2012 - 05:37 AM.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:55 AM
1. Pharmacies will not refill prescriptions early*, so you will probably run out of pills, and that definitely won't be good for your acne. A low constant dose is better than a high dose followed by nothing. In fact, taking antibiotics in a non-routine manner is the best way to engender antibiotic resistance.
2. If you get caught disobeying your doctor, your doctor will lose trust in you and be annoyed, and it will generally strain the relationship.
3. You should take drugs exactly as directed by a competent physician**. There are many reasons not to prescribe drugs for yourself - even doctors are told not to prescribe to themselves, though they are free to break that rule.
* Pharmacies will refill prescriptions a few days early, but not 15 days early. Also, it depends on exactly how your doctor wrote the prescription - did they write "1 tab PO bid" or just "qty 60 tabs"? If the former, they will only fill it once a month, if the latter, the pharmacy won't know how often to refill it.
** One major exception: You can stop taking a drug if it causes severe side effects. This isn't necessarily an exception, because your doctor would want you to do this. You should call your doctor immediately in this case.
4. Studies consistently find that 100 mg/day of minocycline is enough. More drug is not necessarily better, but it is likely to increase side effects such as nausea or tooth discoloration. In fact, 50 mg/day minocycline might be just as effective as 100 mg/day. Sadly, there are no head-to-head studies with low dose tetracyclines. I am seeing very positive results with just 40 mg/day of doxycycline: My log.