I am a male who recently turned 19 and I have been on minocycline for over a year now. I was precribed it when I asked my doctor for ways to reduce my acne and I had heard good things about antibiotics for acne from my older cousins so I thought it would be worth a shot. Not really being aware of the risk of using antibiotics for prolonged periods of time I have continued ordering the meds and taking them without thinking. I was never really told how long to take them for so I assumed keep going until the acne was cleared completely. Anyway, over the couse of taking them (I take 100mg daily) I've realised they haven't actually made my acne any better at all. I have had mild to occasionally moderate acne since the age of about 13 and I still get breakouts regularly, nothing severe, just some red spots along the jawline/cheeks and forehead with the occasional whitehead. It's still something I am getting a bit tired of because on the clearer days my skin looks 10x better.
I have been reading up on minocycline and the dangers of taking it for long periods of time and I realise that I've probably been on the stuff for way too long and I want to get off it as soon as I possibly can. I know coming of antibiotics after taking them for a while is risky business and could make my acne worse, but I don't want to be stuck taking it for any longer as I know this will just end up causing more complications in the long run (although thankfully I haven't noticed any real side effects yet).
How should I go about getting off this stuff and what should I worry about when doing so? I realise that weaning yourself off slowly is probably a lot better than stopping a medication abruptly but I don't really know how to go about doing this. I have a doctors appointment in 5 days but I really want to get some extra information before then.
It should be noted that when I was prescribed minocycline I was also given benzoyl peroxide face cream but stopped using it a fiew months ago after thinking "no need to bother, I'll let the meds do the work" as face cream never did that much use for me anyway.
Thank you in advance for any advice, it's appreciated a lot. Please let me know if there's any important information that I may have left out.
Edited by JSC193, 11 January 2013 - 09:55 AM.