Still suffering side effects after stopping Doxycycline- please help!!

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Hi there,

I am new here so any advice would be greatly appreciated! I took Doxycycline for 4 weeks for an eye issue (it should have been 6 but I stopped due to side effects). I stopped taking doxy about 4 days ago and I have been suffering from horrible nausea, occasional vomiting, diarrhoea, and fast heart rate.

I only experienced nausea and the occasional diarrhoea when I was on the medication but now that I have stopped taking it, I am really sick! Is it possible that the Doxycycline is causing this?

I did have my gallbladder taken out nearly 4 months ago and I felt amazing after the surgery, but started experiencing nausea etc again after 6 days of Doxycycline. I am vomiting bile in the morning and it appears in the diarrhoea so I was questioning whether it could be related to that but surely this wouldn't happen 4 months AFTER the surgery?

Does anyone have any advice on whether it could be the Doxycycline that is making me so ill? I am absolutely miserable. Thanks in advance!

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    I seriously doubt the doxycycline has anything to do with what you are experiencing. It is a very safe drug with a proven track record of safety over multiple decades. If you are going to experience side effects with doxycycline - and many people do but this is dose dependent - then it will be while you are on the medicine not when you come off it. 
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    i took two doxy yesterday for a sinus infection, oh my word i had the worst palpatations, im due to take another one now and im scared, i have to take them becuse they are a very good antibiotic and i want to clear this up but im o scared. ive never had an anti do this to me before 
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    I have been suffering from chronic bronchitis, pneumonia or infective asthma recently, this info from my gp. I have been coughing, wheezing, and have chest pains. I was on clarithromycin for 5 days now gp said not working! On steroids also. Today he changed me to doxycycline and 3 hours after my 1st dose had severe stomach cramps and nausea followed by a long sit on the loo, if you get my drift! Now 1.15am still in pain with nausea with a hot water bottle on stomach. I do not intend taking another tomorrow and will see gp on thurs. I feel as I have glutened but for longer. I know nothing else would have caused it has to be the antibiotics. Allergic to penicillin now this! I feel for you perhaps it stayed in your system it does take several days for it to exit depending on how long you have been on it. Perhaps this antibiotic is not as safe as people think?
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      Just found a report saying side effects can occur 2 months after stopping. I suffer from a lot of antibiotics and the list is growing.
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    I am not sure the two are related but I can tell you this. I had my gallbladder removed in 1989.  I never did get past the point of feeling sick all the time.  Last year I saw a specialist. He asked me, didn't the doctor that removed your gallbladder tell you that you should be taking medicine the rest of your life?  I asked why. He said because your body can't  dispose of the bile from your liver.  I don't know if that is true or not. He told me to take Bioplasma cell salts, so I have been taking them since.  Have they helped? I don't know because I have other issues that make me sick all the time..... Sure wish I could find a doctor that really cared about a patients wellness : ((  My dermatologist put me on Doxycycline to deal with Rosacea in my eyes. Is it helping? I don't think so because they still itch. ???? I just printed off the side effects from Doxycycline and thought about stopping the drug. The side effects I am having are horrible.  I have an appt with her this Friday, but until then, I am done with the drug.

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    I had a similar, violent reaction to Doxy. I followed directions - to take the drug on a full stomach. Nonetheless, soon after taking the first dose, my stomach started to churn and gurgle. I had a large dinner that night and took a second capsule. I was fine. The third capsule, the following morning after a large bowl of oat bran (no dairy) set the wheels in motion. I had attacks of gas and an aching stomach. After lunch, it was all over for me, with explosive diarrhea, cramping and nausea. I haven't puked yet, but the idea does have appeal at times.

    Last week I had a stomach bug that knocked me out for a day and a half. The Doxy experience is reminiscent of the stomach infection. Perhaps I wasn't entirely cured and the drug kicked me off again. I also have had a problem with malaria preventatives (not Doxy) with stomach problems and nightmarish dreams. I am thinking Doxy isn't for me and hope that my doc can come up with another course of action. I have asked to be tested for penicillin sensitivity and hope that's going to work out OK.

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