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Review: could Doxycycline cause Shingles?

Summary: Shingles could be caused by Doxycycline, especially for people who are male, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Zometa, and have Hypertension.

We study 11,958 people who have side effects while taking Doxycycline from FDA and social media. Among them, 119 have Shingles. Find out below who they are, when they have Shingles and more.

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Doxycycline

Doxycycline (latest outcomes from 13,568 users) has active ingredients of doxycycline hyclate. It is often used in acne.

Shingles

Shingles (a painful, contagious rash caused by the chickenpox virus) (latest reports from 115,348 patients) has been reported by people with rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, multiple myeloma.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 11,839 people reported to have side effects when taking Doxycycline. Among them, 119 people (1.01%) have Shingles. They amount to 0.10% of all the 115,178 people who have Shingles on eHealthMe.

Trend of Shingles in Doxycycline reports

Time on Doxycycline when people have Shingles * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Shingles100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Shingles when taking Doxycycline * :

FemaleMale
Shingles40.68%59.32%

Age of people who have Shingles when taking Doxycycline * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Shingles0.00%0.00%0.00%6.31%2.70%0.00%45.95%45.05%

Severity of Shingles when taking Doxycycline ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Shingles ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Hypertension (20 people, 16.81%)
  2. Multiple myeloma (9 people, 7.56%)
  3. Prostate cancer (9 people, 7.56%)
  4. Metastases to bone (9 people, 7.56%)
  5. Atrial fibrillation (7 people, 5.88%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Zometa (80 people, 67.23%)
  2. Aspirin (41 people, 34.45%)
  3. Ativan (39 people, 32.77%)
  4. Prilosec (39 people, 32.77%)
  5. Aredia (36 people, 30.25%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • I had a very severe illness, with fevers (103), myalgia, fatigue. It was triggered or made worse by sun exposure(my hands were sunburnt after kyaking on a vacation). Workup showed very abnormal hematology (myelo and lymphoblasts, platlet count over 700,000, anemia), very elevated acute phase reactants (sed rate 120, CRP 56, liver enzymes elevated). I also developed ANCA-P antibodies. The illness resolved within 1-2 months after stopping the doxycycline. However, I now have stage 3 CRF and wonder if it is from the drug induced lupus.

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  • Been I'll for 9 months. Just recently found pneumonia. Can't afford dermatologist and do for doesn't know what the hives are. You can write with your finger on my skin and it will show up.

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