Hi – After what seems to be a lifetime trying to reduce the symptoms and the effects of OCD, I recently came across a research article on a new treatment for this devious illness. I should mention that I have tried all the medications on the market over the years and I now take clonazepam and 200 mg of Zoloft per day. We all have our pet peeves thus let me begin with mine: (1) People that have a hard time believing me/us because of course if I am too insistent, I must be “obsessed”. (2) Medical professionals who fail to understand that the disorder affects the overall personality, attitude and life of the individual by concentrating too much on the compulsive side and not treating the entire person. (3) Finally, treatment versus realism. Let’s face it, CBT is not available to most patients except for those near large teaching hospitals and colleges in usually large cities. Add the prohibitive costs and this option quickly disappears.
My question: Has the antibiotic minocycline been given to patients under the care of a private MD? Clinical trials in the last few years have shown remarkable results in treating OCD for 3 months with this antibiotic. It is not yet approved by the FDC for such use, however it is at the discretion of the physician. Ordinarily used to treat acne, it is a safe drug even approved for minors. This is not a new molecular compound but a safe medication. OK, anyone? Share your knowledge? Approve / disapprove? Your thoughts … Thank you.