I was put on Doxycycline (50mg daily) and Epiduo gel over a week ago. I'm not seeing any results as it's far too early to tell. However, I am noticing some side effects. I have no stomach pains or nausea, but my digestion has been a little poor since starting the Doxy. I am also feeling groggy, light-headed (I experience that "head fuzz" when I stand up too quickly), and I have this odd metallic taste in my mouth (it comes and goes throughout the day, but it has been around since starting the antibiotics).
I'm just starting to wonder if it would be better to stop the antibiotics in case of these symptoms persisting, and my body growing more reliable to the Doxy (I'm guessing that the longer I'm on it, the worse my acne will flare up when stopping it...but I may be wrong). These symptoms are nothing too extreme, but I dislike knowing that this antibiotic will not offer me a long-term fix. I'd only put up with side effects like these if I knew that it would be worth it in the end. I would probably choose to stay on the Doxy if it wasn't for these ailments cropping up. They just don't seem worth the concept.
I have been on antibiotics in the past, and they proved to be a short-term fix, only to lead to my first course of Roaccutane in 2010. That cleared my skin wonderfully, and I remained clear for three years. For the past six months, my acne has returned, and it's getting worse by the month. I'm just not sure if I should skip the antibiotic journey and go for a second course of Isotretonoin again, so I can be rid of the acne and not have to live on antibiotics for months on end.
The decision is killing my time. I cannot stop fretting about it. I'm very health-aware, and I dislike reading all these horror stories about Accutane, even though my first time on the drug wasn't bad at all. How am I to know if a second course would treat me differently? I just have no idea what to do! I'm getting very down and my confidence is dipping significantly. I just long for my post-Roaccutane clearness back, so it no longer interferes with my life and I can live confidently again!
Any experiences? On both; antibios/Roaccutane? Advice? Ugh, this is such a decision. I've been reading over a lot of the topics on here about second courses, and Accutane in general etc. Sometimes I feel pretty decided about doing it again, and then other times I feel very strongly against it. Not sure if long-term antibiotics are actually any better for me than a short course of Isotretonoin anyway.
Any input would be VERY much appreciated!
Edited by BlueMoon3, 23 July 2013 - 05:00 PM.