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Minocycline - Week 4

Week 4
Switching minocycline dosing to once a day (100mg) dosing at night.
Still taking alongside vitamin C (250mg) to prevent discolouration of gums and any scar tissue.
This will help to avoid calcium and vitamin A a little bit more.
Taking a probiotic (100 billion) along with yogurt with lunch.

Reflux was noted intermittently, nothing too serious.
Skin around my nose has changed back to normal.
Faint tinnitus seems to be present intermittently at night.

This is my final week of minocycline, I can say that for me it wasn't very effective.
I always had concerns with it being an anti-biotic and in turn resistance would eventually take over.
Personally, I am glad to be moving on to Roaccutane - not for a few weeks yet.

Mr Pants

Mr Pants

09/27/2016

 

From Minocycline to Isotretinoin

The Big Switch
This would technically be the fifth week of minocycline, however, it has been stopped. I've increased probiotic (100 billion) consumption to 2-3 times daily for the next 2-3 days to help rebuild any dead flora in my gut that the minocycline wiped out.

Preparing for Roaccutane has had me reading quite a bit of literature to get an idea of what I'm getting myself into. Roaccutane is essentially a vitamin A overdose. The RDI of vitamin A is normally 0.9mg with the upper limit being 3.0mg. Provided Roaccutane is gram for gram the same as vitamin A (being a retinoid) even at a mere 10mg is three times the suggested upper limit.

It will hopefully shrink my sebum (oil) glands on skin, killing any acne bacteria. 80% of vitamin A is stored in the liver, which is one of reasons for blood tests - ALT. Ideally if I could tolerate a lower dose of Roaccutane (20 - 40mg) with few to no side effects I would as time is of no consequence for me.

It's tough to know whether to bombard your system with a higher dose or to go with the slower poisoning of your system. Either way it's going to be tough on the old liver. Thankfully my triglycerides and cholesterol are rock bottom to begin with so it gives me a little more leeway. I suppose blood tests are in place to make sure that nothing goes wrong.

My starting dose of Roaccutane is 40mg
I was expecting 20mg, but perhaps because my liver tests were good (actually borderline low) the doctor decided it was worth the risk. I start Roaccutane in two weeks, one day after a blood donation, as I will not be able to donate any blood for the entire course of treatment plus one month.

Important things to remember:
- Roaccutane is best taken with a fatty meal, for me that is fish at dinner.
- Eliminate vitamin A from multivitamins and other food sources.
- My total DHA and EPA for any single day should be around 3g (fish and fish oil).
- Also including a once a day glucosamine tablet (1500mg).
- Minocycline cannot be taken at the same time as isotretinoin.

The fish oil tablets and glucosamine tablets will hopefully help to offset any joint pain. I am also taking a "Hair, Nails, Skin" tablet that has biotin, silicon, milk thistle and some other goodies in it. The milk thistle has a protective effect on the liver apparently, it also has iron, which i am deficient in, so that can't hurt. The biotin and silicon should help to prevent side effects related to hair thinning and nail damage. Minocycline and isotretinoin are contraindicated so the two week break is also beneficial as it ensures that there's no minocycline left in my system.

For now there'll be nothing to report until the 12th at the earliest as I am simply stabilising my food and vitamin intake until then.

Mr Pants

Mr Pants

09/27/2016

 

Minocycline - Week 3

Week 3
Continuing minocycline 50mg twice daily (100mg total).
Still taking alongside vitamin C (250mg) to prevent discolouration of gums and any scar tissue.
Avoiding calcium and vitamin A as much as possible.
Taking a probiotic (100 billion) along with yogurt with lunch.

Reflux was noted intermittently, nothing too serious.
Skin around nose (external) is a little drier than usual.
Faint tinnitus seems to be present intermittently at night.

Also dermatologist towards the end of week three.
He said that after three weeks of minocycline there should be a much more noticeable result.
He has decided to move me onto Roaccutane after a blood and urine test.

Mr Pants

Mr Pants

09/20/2016

 

Minocycline - Week 2

Week 2
Continuing minocycline 50mg twice daily (100mg total).
Still taking alongside vitamin C (250mg) to prevent discolouration of gums and any scar tissue.
Avoiding calcium and vitamin A as much as possible.
Taking a probiotic (100 billion) along with yogurt with lunch.

Reflux was noted intermittently again, mostly at night.
Skin around nose (external) is drier than normal.
Faint tinnitus seems to be present intermittently at night.

Mr Pants

Mr Pants

09/13/2016

 

Minocycline - Week 1

Week 1
Started minocycline 50mg twice daily (100mg total).
Taking alongside vitamin C to prevent discolouration of gums and any scar tissue.
Avoiding calcium and vitamin A as much as possible.
Taking a probiotic (100 billion) along with yogurt with lunch.

Noticed malaise on day one and a loss of appetite at dinner.
Day two provided some more loss of appetite served with a side of light nausea.
Reflux was noted intermittently for the first week.

Mr Pants

Mr Pants

09/06/2016

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