Hi guys this is my first post on here and essentially I am doing this to spread information about the antibiotic minocycline and my experience with it. I took this antibiotic about 2 years ago for acne. I was prescribed 100mg tablets taken twice daily. Since then my life has changed completely. The side effects began with strong fever accompanied with vertigo (Severe dizziness). A few days after being on the medication I woke up and felt "different". I felt foggy, detached from my body, looking at my hands I didn't feel like they were mine, also sometimes didn't recognize myself in the mirror (Scariest moment of my life, kept staring at the mirror waiting for the person AKA my reflection to make a movement that wasn't done by myself...crazy). Also, my perception appeared to have altered in terms of things appearing farther away than they actually were, began to see eye floaters and what I can only describe as sparkling/shimmering dots on walls (best way I can describe it, almost like white blood cells jumping around my vision). Needless to say that sure was an eventful day haha. Since that morning my life has never been the same. To put it lightly, I went through a solid year and a half of hell before seeing improvement. My mindset was that the DP/DR was caused by the minocycline and if I stopped the medication, the DP that accompanied it would simultaneously disappear. Unfortunately this desired outcome was not achieved and the only thing that dissipated was the vertigo, the DP persisted.
My present day analysis of this is as follows: Upon stopping treatment and not seeing any improvement in my DP I began to create loads of anxiety for myself, asking the question of why hasn't this gone away, am I going to be like this forever etc etc. Undoubtedly this was very counterproductive in my recovery due to the fact that I am now 100% sure anxiety just prolonged my recovery process by making the DP worse. It was not until about a year and a half later, after talking to countless doctors, psychiatrist, physician, conducting an MRI and CAT scan (all inconclusive) that I began to look within for an answer.
The answer was so simple.... IT WAS ANXIETY. In terms of recovery, I personally feel eliminating anxiety in your life is the only real way to combat DP/DR and eliminate it completely. As my anxiety decreased, so did my DP/DR. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying it was easy to do this and that all of a sudden with a snap I eliminated my anxiety, it was an extremely difficult process even after I acknowledged anxiety as being the culprit. It all came down to keeping myself and my mind occupied, and, notably, not thinking about DP/DR (not as easy as it sounds). My main issue was every day when I woke up I would check to see if my DP was gone, as if somehow one morning I would miraculously snap back into reality. In reality, this is not going to happy for the majority of us and it is a long strenuous process. This only prolonged recovery as I was acknowledging the disorder every single morning right when I became conscious. You need to put it in the back of your mind. As the months went on I found myself thinking about it less and less as I got into the habit of keeping busy...and, as if by some sort of miracle, it began to fade. In present day I am (for the most part) anxiety free. By keeping busy, a strict healthy diet, regular exercise, I have successfully combated this seemingly impossible opponent. Therefore, I am also DP free. In terms of DR, it's a touchy subject. If I look for it chances are i'm going to find it. To put it more clearly, if I think about DR I begin to experience it to an extent (nowhere near as bad as its onset 2 years ago). It's hard if not impossible to erase that feeling and those experiences from your memory completely. But in present day, I rarely think about my DP/DR and anxiety. I went from thinking about it all day every day, to maybe 3 or 4 times a week, going days at a time DP/DR free and not even acknowledging it. Also now if I do have an onset of it, I know how to combat it by not stressing over it, focusing on it, or creating anxiety over it because I know it is going to go away when I forget about it. I did this without any prescription medication. DP/DR was the best/worst thing to ever happen to me. I don't take a single day for granted anymore. If i'm every having a bad day I just think back to how I felt 2 years ago and how far i've come and i'm just so appreciative. It does get better guys. Make life worth living.
I'm curious, has anyone else experienced an onset of DP or DR after the consumption of minocycline (Gives me shudders just to even type in the word minocycline). I talked to my doctor and psychiatrist about it and they all claimed it was not the medication that caused this onset, rather an underlying condition. Clearly this is a complete joke as I had no anxiety or really any issues prior to this, rather it was all caused by the medication. But then again they don't want to admit the medication could have been the cause as that would jeopardize the product and it's sales for the complete joke corporations paying doctors to hand out this garbage to innocent individuals when other alternatives are clearly a possibility (but that's another story). Let me know if minocycline affected you in this way and how you are doing now.
Thank you for spending the time to read this. I felt it was important to reach out to individuals suffering from this as it was by far the worst/scariest 2 years of my life.