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Taking Dococyline

Taking Dococyline

I will be on Dococycline for the rest of my life. I keep getting huge drops in my blood sugar. I take no other diabetes medicines. Just wondering if anyone had any suggestions .
Thanks

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Perhaps your two doctors could work on your situation together. I use a cgm for my diabetes and find it very helpful to be able to monitor my bg as frequently as needed.

posted 12 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

A couple of studies were conducted to see if Dococyline could be used to improve insulin resistance since it is an anti-inflammatory anti-biotic.

All of the published results showed that at low dose it had a notable effect on lower blood sugar levels through improvement of insulin resistance.

(I have no idea what "low dose" means other than it was at a non-therapeutic level - so not enough for the "on-label" diseases it is meant to treat, but somewhat "less" just to see if they could effect blood sugar)

So if you are on a dosage that is being used to treat one of it's approved uses you could well see significant blood sugar swings.

To combat that you would essentially have to test/protect "as if" you were an insulin or sulfonylurea user that was prone to dangerously low blood sugars.

You might be well served to get use a CGM such as Libre or Dexcom to keep a constant watch on your blood sugar levels and carry glucose tablets to treat if it starts going too low.

posted 12 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Do you mean Doxycycline the Tetracycline Antibiotic? If so, it can definitely impact your bg. You should bring this up with your doctor.

posted 12 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Unfortunately my insurance doesn't cover that. I just keep checking my blood sugar.

posted 12 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Yes, that is the drug I will be on for the rest of my life, I have spoken with my infectious disease doctor. She wants me on this drug to control a bone infection that I have. My diabetic doctor wants me on another antibiotic. This drug cannot be changed so I just will have to monitor my blood carefully

posted 12 days ago
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