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A 33-year-old female asked:

Have accidentally been taking 80mg of prozac (fluoxetine). prescribed 40mg. anything i should know about going back down to 40mg?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
"Accidentally"?: What happens for you when going back to the dose actually prescribed, depends on how long you've been double-dosing. If it's one or 2 doses, probably nothing will happen of note. If you've been doing it for a long time, your brain and body could experience some changes but the half-life of Prozac (fluoxetine) is long. Please speak with your physician about this.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Should be ok @ 40: It is likely that you won't feel much at all going down to 40 if that is what has been keeping you in good emotional balance. Prozac (fluoxetine) has a very long half-life (time needed to get rid of half the med in body) of about 7-9 days, thus likely you won't feel the change. If you have other concern, consult doc. Good luck.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Likely OKto go to 40: Prozac (fluoxetine) has a very long half life. It's breakdown product also has a long half life in ones system. Unless a person has experienced withdrawal when Prozac (fluoxetine) was missed for a couple of days or so, it should not be a problem going down to 40 directly. If withdrawal has happened it's best to talk to the dr that prescribed the medication.

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