I was prescribed Tetracycline for cystic acne in October 2011. My Doctor assured me it was safe and I checked the Mayo Clinic website and did not seem to have any side effects. My dermatologist gave me refills for 10 months. I had no adverse reactions to the medication.
I continued taking the medication for 18 months until April 2013. I began suffering chronic abdominal pain and diahrea. This has continued 4 months later. I am very upset at my dermatologist for not telling me that there were these dangers present.
I have had a colonoscopy, blood tests, ultrasound and stool samples and the only thing they could find was that I was low Vitamin B-12.
I am very worried that my condition is permanent. The doctors say they can't help me and that I should just eat more fibre. I am seeing a naturopath next week, so I hope she will be able to help me.
Has anyone ever had this reaction to long term tetracycline use? I hate myself for taking it for so long. Hopefully I can fix my body. I feel let down by the medical establishment.
Does anyone have any suggestions to get over this.?
Not 100% sure the tetracycline is the culprit. But I strongly suspect.