Before I get to my question, I want to say thanks to everyone for sharing information. Iíve been reading this board for the past 3 years and your posts have helped me feel a) not so alone in this and b) more educated. Iíve gone through a number of doctors and have finally found two I like Ė a therapeutic optometrist and my dermatologist.
Hot rags and fish oil werenít enough to fix the gritty, dirty, sandy, swelling feeling in my eyes so I was relieved when my dermatologist diagnosed it as ocular rosacea and wrote a prescription for a yearís worth of low dose doxy. I take 20 mg two times a day and have been for the past 6 months. While I still get a swelling feeling in one eye that correlates with my monthly cycle, the itchy, foreign body sensations and gritty feelings are much better thanks to the doxy softening things up.
My concern is being on 40 mg a day of doxy long-term. As mentioned, Iíve been on it almost 6 months and while itís helped me immensely, I worry about taking medication and wonder about the safety. Both of my doctors think I should stick with the doxy, but theyíve both been rather vague about just how long I need to be on it -- probably because they donít know. I worry I will need it forever and if thatís the case, has anyone been on doxy long term or are there any doctors out there who can vouch for the safety? At some point, Iím going to need to go off of the doxy and Iíve been trying to increase my fish oil so that I can wean myself off. But really, Iím scared. There was a period where my blepharitis was so bad I just wanted to poke my eyes out. Should I just hang in there, stay on it and maybe get some sort of blood work to determine that my liver is okay? 40 mg is not very much, but with any medicine there are concerns about long-term safety.
By the way, since I started the medicine I've had absolutely zero side effects.