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Trying to reduce the symptoms and the effects of OCD

Posted by @louisxiv, Apr 7, 2016

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.

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Hi @louisxiv. Welcome to Connect. Thanks for your willingness to share your frustrations and start a discussion. This is a very interesting topic. I’m tagging @jamie817, @gomogo2000, @alexsimon and @elbertvix who have posted about OCD in the past and may like to join in on the discussion.

Question for you: Have you talked to your doctor about this option?

@kelseydm

Hi @louisxiv. Welcome to Connect. Thanks for your willingness to share your frustrations and start a discussion. This is a very interesting topic. I’m tagging @jamie817, @gomogo2000, @alexsimon and @elbertvix who have posted about OCD in the past and may like to join in on the discussion.

Question for you: Have you talked to your doctor about this option?

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Hi Kelsey Mohring,

Responding to your question, no, I have not yet talked to him. After many
years through thick and thin together with the same GP / family doctor, he
and I have come to understand one another quite well. I am usually the one
who informs him about new advances in medical science. EX: I was the first
to announce the intro of Champix or Chantix, the stop smoking aid. After 40
years, I managed to quit! He too would want to know if the antibiotic has
been used on a case by case basis to treat OCD. Once I have an answer, I
will set up an appointment.

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