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Re: Starting minocycline SLS Phillipa

Posted by SLS on August 23, 2012, at 20:33:23

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline SLS SLS, posted by Phillipa on August 22, 2012, at 20:41:38

> Scott why off the prizosin? Did it lower BP too much? Phillipa

I have had difficulties finessing the dosage of prazosin with its 3 hour half-life. I also experienced a loss of sex drive. I am testing the necessity of being on prazosin as the minocycline might be responsible for inducing the improvement I am currently experiencing. Even in combination with Parnate, prazosin did not produce an unacceptable decrease in BP, although hypotension was a passing startup effect.


- Scott

 

Re: Starting minocycline.

Posted by SLS on August 23, 2012, at 20:34:43

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline., posted by SLS on August 20, 2012, at 17:58:29

> Feeling better.

Feeling even better...


- Scott

 

Re: Starting minocycline. SLS

Posted by Phillipa on August 23, 2012, at 21:44:53

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline., posted by SLS on August 23, 2012, at 20:34:43

Since crosses the bloodbrain barrier could mean that mental illness is indeed an illness caused by some type of bacteria? Will you up the dose soon? No dizziness? No headache? As that is what I had. On a positive note not to be graphic night after taking it had normal stools first time in many years. IBS. Phillipa

 

Re: Starting minocycline.

Posted by Emme_v2 on August 23, 2012, at 22:13:17

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline., posted by SLS on August 23, 2012, at 20:34:43

> > Feeling better.
>
> Feeling even better...
>
>
> - Scott

It's magic!

Excellent!

 

Re: Starting minocycline. Phillipa

Posted by SLS on August 24, 2012, at 1:48:00

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline. SLS, posted by Phillipa on August 23, 2012, at 21:44:53

> Since crosses the bloodbrain barrier could mean that mental illness is indeed an illness caused by some type of bacteria? Will you up the dose soon? No dizziness? No headache? As that is what I had. On a positive note not to be graphic night after taking it had normal stools first time in many years. IBS. Phillipa


I cannot stress enough that minocycline is a single molecule having many diverse and unrelated properties, only one of which is antibiotic. I listed some of these properties at the beginning of this thread.


- Scott

 

Re: Starting minocyclineSLS

Posted by Slabicki on August 24, 2012, at 14:55:56

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline. Phillipa, posted by SLS on August 24, 2012, at 1:48:00

Hi Scott,

I'm really glad to hear that Minocycline helps you!!!

Could you describe what kind of effect the Minocycline has on you?
Does it help depressive thoughts, or improves the energy?
I don't know why I'm affraid to try it right now.
I have depression and mood switches.
I wonder if I should try to do the ECT first to get rid of mood cycling, and then try Minocycline for depression.
I just don't know how I will respond.
I took tons of medications in the past, but I never had mood cycling before.
Also, when I did my ECT six years ago, it didn't really have the antidepressant effect, I just had a motor slow down, and ECT has helped with that.
So I really hope that Minocycline can help with depression this time.
I know that everybody responds differently.
What are your thoughts?

Slabicki

 

Re: Starting minocycline. SLS

Posted by Phillipa on August 24, 2012, at 20:27:52

In reply to Starting minocycline., posted by SLS on August 14, 2012, at 9:23:51

Yes you listed them but added with lamictal so does this mean it only does these things with lamictal. I know that inflammation would occurr with both so to me inflammation & cytokines means illness. phillipa

 

Re: Starting minocycline Slabicki

Posted by SLS on August 25, 2012, at 6:11:56

In reply to Re: Starting minocyclineSLS, posted by Slabicki on August 24, 2012, at 14:55:56

> Hi Scott,

Hi Slabicki.

> I'm really glad to hear that Minocycline helps you!!!

Thanks. It's a little premature to declare victory, though. I have been taking minocycline for less than two weeks. I very often begin to respond extremely well to a new medication early in treatment, only to relapse a few days later. I still have my doubts about the long-term effectiveness of minocyline for me.

> Could you describe what kind of effect the Minocycline has on you?
> Does it help depressive thoughts, or improves the energy?

Minocycline has improved anergia, anhedonia, interest in activities, motivation to initiate activities, thought speed, memory, clarity of thought, reading, learning, senses of taste and smell, social anxiety, talkativeness, gregariousness, and negative thoughts to name a few. In other words, for me, it is a high-quality antidepressant response which effectively treats the whole illness.

> I don't know why I'm affraid to try it right now.

Are you afraid that minocycline might launch you into a manic episode? Do you ever become psychotic? Minocycline is currently being studied to treat the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, but I don't know of anyone who has tried it for bipolar mania.

> I have depression and mood switches.

Can you describe what you experience during mood switches?

> I wonder if I should try to do the ECT first to get rid of mood cycling, and then try Minocycline for depression.

That is a difficult question to address. I don't know if any doctor has had enough experience with minocycline to know how it affects people in variable mood states and rapid-cycling. You would be a guinea pig of sorts.

> I took tons of medications in the past, but I never had mood cycling before.

What triggered the cycling?

> So I really hope that Minocycline can help with depression this time.

The two people I know who have responded to minocycline are currently taking Lamictal and Abilify along with it. It is thought that minocycline might work better when combined with Lamictal or other drugs that reduce glutamate activity. I am beginning to think that the net result of combining Lamictal and minocycline is to modulate dopamine activity.

What drugs are you currently taking? Have you ever tried Lamictal? Which antipsychotics have you tried?

> What are your thoughts?

I am reluctant to recommend minocycline to anyone because I don't think its clinical profile in treating depression and bipolar disorder is well-characterized. However, you can certainly decide for yourself if you would like to try it based upon your observations of other people. I hope Emme keeps posting. It would be nice to track the progress of two different people on minocycline.

So far, I am encouraged by my response to minocycline. It should be noted that my depression is bipolar. I am currently taking 100 mg/day. I might need to raise the dosage to 150 mg/day. I'll have a better idea if this is necessary when I see my doctor in a few weeks. One of the current studies of the use of minocycline to treat bipolar depression will be using a dosage range of 100 - 300 mg for 8 weeks.

http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01514422


- Scott

 

Re: Starting minocyclineSLS

Posted by Slabicki on August 25, 2012, at 11:34:31

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline Slabicki, posted by SLS on August 25, 2012, at 6:11:56

> > Hi Scott,
>
> Hi Slabicki.
>
> > I'm really glad to hear that Minocycline helps you!!!
>
> Thanks. It's a little premature to declare victory, though. I have been taking minocycline for less than two weeks. I very often begin to respond extremely well to a new medication early in treatment, only to relapse a few days later. I still have my doubts about the long-term effectiveness of minocyline for me.
>
> > Could you describe what kind of effect the Minocycline has on you?
> > Does it help depressive thoughts, or improves the energy?
>
> Minocycline has improved anergia, anhedonia, interest in activities, motivation to initiate activities, thought speed, memory, clarity of thought, reading, learning, senses of taste and smell, social anxiety, talkativeness, gregariousness, and negative thoughts to name a few. In other words, for me, it is a high-quality antidepressant response which effectively treats the whole illness.
>
> > I don't know why I'm affraid to try it right now.
>
> Are you afraid that minocycline might launch you into a manic episode? Do you ever become psychotic? Minocycline is currently being studied to treat the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, but I don't know of anyone who has tried it for bipolar mania.
>
> > I have depression and mood switches.
>
> Can you describe what you experience during mood switches?
>
> > I wonder if I should try to do the ECT first to get rid of mood cycling, and then try Minocycline for depression.
>
> That is a difficult question to address. I don't know if any doctor has had enough experience with minocycline to know how it affects people in variable mood states and rapid-cycling. You would be a guinea pig of sorts.
>
> > I took tons of medications in the past, but I never had mood cycling before.
>
> What triggered the cycling?
>
> > So I really hope that Minocycline can help with depression this time.
>
> The two people I know who have responded to minocycline are currently taking Lamictal and Abilify along with it. It is thought that minocycline might work better when combined with Lamictal or other drugs that reduce glutamate activity. I am beginning to think that the net result of combining Lamictal and minocycline is to modulate dopamine activity.
>
> What drugs are you currently taking? Have you ever tried Lamictal? Which antipsychotics have you tried?
>
> > What are your thoughts?
>
> I am reluctant to recommend minocycline to anyone because I don't think its clinical profile in treating depression and bipolar disorder is well-characterized. However, you can certainly decide for yourself if you would like to try it based upon your observations of other people. I hope Emme keeps posting. It would be nice to track the progress of two different people on minocycline.
>
> So far, I am encouraged by my response to minocycline. It should be noted that my depression is bipolar. I am currently taking 100 mg/day. I might need to raise the dosage to 150 mg/day. I'll have a better idea if this is necessary when I see my doctor in a few weeks. One of the current studies of the use of minocycline to treat bipolar depression will be using a dosage range of 100 - 300 mg for 8 weeks.
>
> http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01514422
>
>
> - Scott

Hi Scott,

Thank you for responding. That really helps.
I'm in mental pain this morning and I can't really desribe it.

I have the chemical imbalance and I used to respond very well to medications.

I don't have mania or psychosis tendencies.
My mood switches are just different degree of depression.
It was triggered by Ketaconazole as you may remember from my previous thread.

 

Re: Starting minocycline SLS

Posted by Iansf on August 25, 2012, at 13:59:35

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline Slabicki, posted by SLS on August 25, 2012, at 6:11:56

One thing I'm not clear on is whether minocycline is meant to be taken continuously as with antidepressants or if it's a one-time intervention. I don't mean one dose, of course, but one period of use. Is the theory that there is an underlying systemic infection that needs to be cleared up? Or is it that the characteristics of minocycline happen to affect brain chemistry apart from its antibiotic properties?

 

i'm dying to try this med.....

Posted by Jeroen on August 25, 2012, at 14:17:21

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline SLS, posted by Iansf on August 25, 2012, at 13:59:35

i'm dying to try this med.....

not dying but suffering

 

Re: Starting minocycline Iansf

Posted by SLS on August 25, 2012, at 17:15:23

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline SLS, posted by Iansf on August 25, 2012, at 13:59:35

> One thing I'm not clear on is whether minocycline is meant to be taken continuously as with antidepressants or if it's a one-time intervention.

I would guess that we are looking at using minocycline as a long-term treatment. I have not encountered anything that would indicate otherwise. Currently, there is a study of minocycline in the treatment of bipolar depression using dosages between 100 - 300 mg/day for 8 weeks. I can only hope that they coadminister Lamictal to some of the participants.

http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01514422

> Is the theory that there is an underlying systemic infection that needs to be cleared up?

No.

> Or is it that the characteristics of minocycline happen to affect brain chemistry apart from its antibiotic properties?

Yes. I listed some of them in the following post:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/20120803/msgs/1023257.html

I am impatient. I am tempted to increase my dosage of minocycline from 100 mg to 150 mg, but I haven't spoken to my doctor about this. I'm just curious to see how much better I can feel at the higher dosage. I don't want to get stuck if I remain underdosed for months.


- Scott

 

Re: i'm dying to try this med..... Jeroen

Posted by SLS on August 25, 2012, at 17:21:18

In reply to i'm dying to try this med....., posted by Jeroen on August 25, 2012, at 14:17:21

> i'm dying to try this med.....
>
> not dying but suffering

What is it about minocycline that you feel is important to treat your case in particular?

I'm sorry you are suffering so much. It's not fair.


- Scott

 

Re: i'm dying to try this med..... SLS

Posted by Phillipa on August 25, 2012, at 21:02:10

In reply to Re: i'm dying to try this med..... Jeroen, posted by SLS on August 25, 2012, at 17:21:18

Scott for simple perioral dermatitis dosing was 75mg twice a day. And most take l00mg twice a day for skin. So I see no reason not to raise it. Just watch for dizziness and headache. Phillipa

 

Re: i'm dying to try this med..... Phillipa

Posted by SLS on August 25, 2012, at 21:05:22

In reply to Re: i'm dying to try this med..... SLS, posted by Phillipa on August 25, 2012, at 21:02:10

> Scott for simple perioral dermatitis dosing was 75mg twice a day. And most take l00mg twice a day for skin. So I see no reason not to raise it. Just watch for dizziness and headache. Phillipa

I didn't know that. Thanks for the heads-up.


- Scott

 

Re: i'm dying to try this med.....Jeroen

Posted by Slabicki on August 25, 2012, at 22:16:50

In reply to i'm dying to try this med....., posted by Jeroen on August 25, 2012, at 14:17:21

Hi Jeroen,

I'm sorry to hear that you are suffering right now.
Do you mind sharing what are your symptoms?
What medications have you tried?
Certanly. Minocycline gives us hope.
Please keep us posting.

Slabicki

 

Re: i'm dying to try this med.....Jeroen

Posted by Jeroen on August 26, 2012, at 3:56:28

In reply to Re: i'm dying to try this med.....Jeroen, posted by Slabicki on August 25, 2012, at 22:16:50

Thanks Slabicky

 

Re: Starting minocycline. SLS

Posted by SLS on September 1, 2012, at 0:24:52

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline., posted by SLS on August 23, 2012, at 20:34:43

> > Feeling better.
>
> Feeling even better...

Feeling even better than that...

Right now, I am feeling pretty good. I enjoyed my night out with some friends, and sang a few songs at the karaoke bar. I did not have to push myself to do anything. I had sufficient mental energy, concentration, and memory function such that I did not stumble over lyrics. I still had a tendency to stare into space, motionless at times. This is probably some residual psychomotor retardation that I hope disappears as I continue to improve. Food tastes better, music sounds better, woman look better, etc. My mind is still fairly slow, and not quite active enough to engage in conversation. There is still a degree of numbness, and I just don't seem to have much to say. My social anxiety is diminishing. I feel more confident in myself, and am more likely to be assertive. My metabolism is increasing and I am losing weight, despite my taking in the same number of calories. My appetite is somewhat reduced, but I still eat out of boredom. I am going to make a concerted effort to take advantage of the reduced appetite and try to eat less. I exercise better judgment in making decisions. That the world feels more real to me now helps facilitate this. I feel like I am beginning to rejoin society. Without depression, the world seems like a very different place.


- Scott

 

Re: Starting minocycline. SLS

Posted by Tomatheus on September 1, 2012, at 10:04:04

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline. SLS, posted by SLS on September 1, 2012, at 0:24:52

Scott,

It's great to hear that you're noticing ongoing improvement from the minocycline that you're taking. I think it's wonderful that your life seems to be improving in a lot of different ways with your depression under much more control than it's been under in the past. I wish you continued success with the medication.

Tomatheus

 

Re: Starting minocycline.

Posted by SLS on September 4, 2012, at 13:15:57

In reply to Starting minocycline., posted by SLS on August 14, 2012, at 9:23:51

My doctor acceded to my request to increase my dosage of minocycline from 100 mg/day to 200 mg/day. I would like to convert a partial response into a full remission.

The current clinical trials of minocycline in the treatment of depression use dosages between 100 - 400 mg/day. I felt it was important to explore a higher dosage now rather than to risk remaining underdosed for an extended period of time. The improvement that I am experiencing is not enough for me to return to work or school, although it has been enough for me to go out more and socialize. I know what "magic" feels like. I believe that I am just on the cusp of a robust antidepressant response. I can be such a dumb optimist sometimes. I keep failing to respond adequately to treatment. You would think I would have learned my lesson by now.

My current treatment regime:

Parnate 80 mg/day
nortriptyline 150 mg/day
Lamictal 200 mg/day
lithium 300 mg/day
Abilify 10 mg/day
minocycline 200 mg/day

If I do indeed respond robustly to the addition of minocycline, I would like to attempt to discontinue Abilify. Besides offending my sense of vanity by causing me to gain 50 pounds, it has raised my triglycerides to over 400 mg/dL.

Hoping and praying...


- Scott

 

Re: Starting minocycline. SLS

Posted by Tomatheus on September 4, 2012, at 13:45:00

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline., posted by SLS on September 4, 2012, at 13:15:57

Good luck, Scott. I really hope that you get the kinds of benefits that you're hoping for from your dose increase.

Tomatheus

 

Re: Starting minocycline. Tomatheus

Posted by SLS on September 4, 2012, at 14:02:15

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline. SLS, posted by Tomatheus on September 4, 2012, at 13:45:00

> Good luck, Scott. I really hope that you get the kinds of benefits that you're hoping for from your dose increase.
>
> Tomatheus


Thanks for being so supportive. It is VERY much appreciated.

I will continue to post of my progress - good or bad.


- Scott

 

Re: Starting minocycline. SLS

Posted by Phillipa on September 4, 2012, at 21:10:49

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline., posted by SLS on September 4, 2012, at 13:15:57

Scott congrats and don't be afraid remember how Ron Hill finally found the right combo? Phillipa

 

Re: Starting minocycline.

Posted by SLS on September 5, 2012, at 7:15:10

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline. Tomatheus, posted by SLS on September 4, 2012, at 14:02:15

My initial reaction to the higher dosage (200 mg/day) of minocycline has been a mixture of good and bad. I feel somewhat more depressed. My affect is flat. However, my cognitive impairments are less severe. My memory is better and my thinking is not as slow. Hopefully, this is a prelude to a more robust antidepressant response.


- Scott

 

Re: Starting minocycline.

Posted by SLS on September 9, 2012, at 3:00:56

In reply to Re: Starting minocycline., posted by SLS on September 5, 2012, at 7:15:10

> My initial reaction to the higher dosage (200 mg/day) of minocycline has been a mixture of good and bad. I feel somewhat more depressed. My affect is flat. However, my cognitive impairments are less severe. My memory is better and my thinking is not as slow. Hopefully, this is a prelude to a more robust antidepressant response.

I had a couple of good days, but things have since leveled off to a degree of improvement that I find disappointing. Minocycline is very obviously helping me, but I just don't know if it will get me more than 50% well; a level at which I anticipate being able to return to work. I will give this a few more days. If there are no signs of further recovery, I will add back prazosin. I was hoping to avoid taking prazosin because it reduces my libido.

Exercising patience is a real pain in the _ss.


- Scott


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