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Been on 20 mg of prozac (fluoxetine). for 7 months want to stop what's a good tapering schedule?

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Dr. Pacita David answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Discuss with doctor: Why are you wanting to stop the medication? Even though it is a relatively low dose, it is always recommended that you discuss the situation with your prescribing doctor before tapering off Prozac (fluoxetine) or any other antidepressant medication. It is important that any medication change made be overseen by you doctor to make sure that you do not run into any problems. Hope this helps. All the best.

Answered 1/26/2017

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Dr. Michael Blumenfield answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

See below: Prozac (fluoxetine) is fairly easy to stop without any withdrawal symptoms, There are many approaches. You should discuss with your doctor. I often suggest taking 1/2 dosage every other day for a month & then take it every other day for two weeks and then every 4th day & then stop. Many people can just stop it cold since it takes 4-6 weeks to get out of your system. The big concern is the return of depression

Answered 11/27/2018

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Dr. Krishna Kumar answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Prozac (fluoxetine) tapering: Thank you for informing about Anxiety, High cholesterol, Type a Let Wise woman within you reflect: •Reason to use Prozac (fluoxetine) 7months back- Anxiety •Features of Type a Personality •Stresses now •Use of Alcohol •Reasons for high Cholesterol If you have taken care of anxiety, and any dependence, start Prozac (fluoxetine) tapering schedule 10-20% a week, with Monitoring by Psychiatrist for any withdrawal.

Answered 11/27/2018

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Dr. Eric Steckler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Half the dose: Hi Cindy prozac (fluoxetine) has such a long 1/2 life that we dont usually think of a discontinuation syndrome with it but a reasonable schedule might be 10mg for one month then stop it completely

Answered 11/27/2020

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