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Can antidepressants Prozac (fluoxetine) and celexa cause permanent damage to my nervous system?

Can antidepressants Prozac (fluoxetine) and celexa cause permanent damage to my nervous system?

Very unlikely: I am not aware of any reports suggesting an association with damage to the nervous system from antidepressants. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fluoxetine (Definition)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more


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Can I ask for a certain anti depressant from the psychiatrist? Instead of just being started off on Prozac or celexa, could I ask for wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Can I ask for a certain anti depressant from the psychiatrist? Instead of just being started off on Prozac or celexa, could I ask for wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Ask for certain med: You certainly may ask for a specific treatment and express all questions and concerns about treatment. Your psychiatrist will then answer all questions and discuss all treatment options. S/he will make what s/he considers to be safe, effective, wise treatment recommendations in light of the complete assessment. Be honest and find a md with whom you can have a good working relationship. ...Read more

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What antidepression do you recommend for energy if have hep c/ I've tried zoloft, prozac, celexia and Effexor (venlafaxine) but had bad side effects. Fatigue is bad?

What antidepression do you recommend for energy if have hep c/ I've tried zoloft, prozac, celexia and Effexor (venlafaxine) but had bad side effects. Fatigue is bad?

Discuss w your: Psychiatrist. If you have atypical depressive symptoms then wellbutrin (bupropion) can have favorable results. I see Methadone listed for meds ; hepatitis c listed for conditions. Do you actually have diagnosed major depression? ...Read more

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Does the medication celexa cause weight gain? I was on it for three years and now I'm prozac (fluoxetine). Could these two medications cause weight gain?

Does the medication celexa cause weight gain? I was on it for three years and now I'm prozac (fluoxetine). Could these two medications cause weight gain?

Yes: Although Celexa is labeled as weight neutral and Prozac (fluoxetine) is weight negative. I have actually seen weight gain as well sometimes with these meds. A lot depends on the patient their own personal reaction to medicines. Check with your doctor to see if another medicine would be better and less likely to cause weight gain for you. ...Read more

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Is there an antidepressant that doesn't cause bruxing?? I'm currently on prozac (fluoxetine). Antidepressants/ssris have always caused teeth grinding and pain.

Is there an antidepressant that doesn't cause bruxing?? I'm currently on prozac (fluoxetine). Antidepressants/ssris have always caused teeth grinding and pain.

Talk to doc: Not everyone gets that side effect from SSRIs. Talk to your doctor, and consider one of the other options, like an SNRI or mirtrazapine. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Was on celexa for 13 years. Titrated to Prozac (fluoxetine) but caused bad side effects. Can I go back to celexa and be normal again or will it not work the same?

Data not available: The only ssri for which we have such data is prozac (fluoxetine). If a person has been on Prozac (fluoxetine) and it failed to work and they stopped it, then there was a 90% chance of it working when it was readministered. That type of data are not available for celexa. Having said that however I suspect that it is likely the same case for the other ssri's based on my clinical experience. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can ssri meds for anxiety depression cause cardiac problems? If do which 1s can. Prozac. Celexa. Xanax (alprazolam).

Prologed QT: Can be caused by either Prozac (fluoxetine) or celexa. Both of these meds have been used exstensively for >10yrs. It has only recently come to light that some persons can devreloped prolonged qt on their ekg which can predispose them to life threatening arrythmias. Celexa has gotten a black box warning. Xanax/benzodiazipine withdrawl can cause tachy arrythmias and other life threatening issues. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me between zoloft, (sertraline) Prozac and celexa which one treats depression and OCD better? And which one will not cause weight gain the best.

Can someone tell me between zoloft, (sertraline) Prozac and celexa which one treats depression and OCD better? And which one will not cause weight gain the best.

Medications: That is not how medicine works. They all are very effective and used for a variety of different reasons. The best drug for you is the issue and that is determined with the physician working with you in person. ...Read more

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Celexa and luvox (fluvoxamine) were both available in europe in the 1980s before Prozac came on the market in'89 yet were not available in u.S. Til the 90's-why?

Celexa and luvox (fluvoxamine) were both available in europe in the 1980s before Prozac came on the market in'89 yet were not available in u.S. Til the 90's-why?

This is usual: Many medications are studied and used in europe before becoming available in the us. Each country has its own version of the fda (food and drug administration) in the us, and their criteria for safety and effectiveness differ. Before a medication can be marketed in the us, it must pass fda standards for studies. Developing ; doing studies that meet fda criteria takes more time. ...Read more

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Which is better for anxiety or depression. Celexa or prozac (fluoxetine)? Which has fewer side effects?

It depends: Both medis are in the same class, so side effect profiles are similar. Both are good agents for depression and anxiety. However individual patient respond to meds differently. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How do antidepressants like Prozac and Zoloft (sertraline) work?

How do antidepressants like Prozac and Zoloft (sertraline) work?

SSRIs: These are medications that prevent the reuptake of serotonin, a chemical messenger that plays a role in brain activity including depression/anxiety. By doing this, the effective amount of serotonin available will increase. Adjustments take place over a period and that is why a person needs to take the medication daily for many weeks before effect is seen. Good luck! ...Read more

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What's the difference between mirtazapine and Prozac if they are both considered antidepressants? Will one have more benefits than the other?

Antidepressant Meds: Mirtazapine (Remeron) is a noradrenergic / serotonergic antidepressant medication. Prozac is a serotonergic antidepressant. Often antidepressant choice is related to side effect profile, specific symptoms of depression & effectiveness for the particular patient. I often chose Remeron if I am looking for a sedative response. ...Read more

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Would there be any efficacy in taking 10 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for anxiety/depression I am extremely sensitive to all medications/antidepressants?

Low dose Prozac (fluoxetine) : If still symptomatic and if normally medication sensitive it's reasonable to start at a low dose with the goal of titrating slowly to a standard therapeutic treating dose to get optimal results. Some even use alternating dose days. For example 10-20-10-20. If unable to tolerate would consider alternative medication or an adjunct to the Prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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Prozac (fluoxetine) is making me sick. Do you think I should switch back to celexa?

Prozac (fluoxetine) is making me sick. Do you think I should switch back to celexa?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Not sure why u switched from Celexa to prozac, (fluoxetine) but u need to talk to your prescribing doctor first. ...Read more

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Is Prozac (fluoxetine) the only antidepressant to treat bulimia?

Is Prozac (fluoxetine) the only antidepressant to treat bulimia?

Prozac (fluoxetine): All antidepressants, except wellbutrin, (bupropion) have been used to treat mood disorders accompanying bulimia. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm currently taking Prozac and wanted to know a bit more about how alcohol would impact my antidepressants.

Hi, I'm currently taking Prozac and wanted to know a bit more about how alcohol would impact my antidepressants.

Recommend: you don't drink alcohol. First- it is illegal to drink alcohol at age 19 in the US. Second - it can ^ risk fo "dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination." per Drugs.Com drug interaction checker. ...Read more

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What diet pill is safe to use with antidepressants? Like Prozac (fluoxetine)

What diet pill is safe to use with antidepressants? Like Prozac (fluoxetine)

I : I always recommend that you speak with the medical provider who is prescribing your antidepressant directly before taking an additional medication, a herbal or a supplement. When medications are mixed, there is a possiblity that they can interact. Another option to help with your weight would be the addition of medical acupuncture to a balance of healthy diet; plenty of water and aerobic activity. Auricular (ear) acupuncture is safe and effective. There are several protocols for weight loss. Good luck. ...Read more

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Switched from celexa to Prozac (fluoxetine) and stopped Prozac (fluoxetine) after weird side effects. Now feeling constant anxiety and feeling of derealization. Will it stop?

Switched from celexa to Prozac (fluoxetine) and stopped Prozac (fluoxetine) after weird side effects. Now feeling constant anxiety and feeling of derealization. Will it stop?

SSRI : Feeling intense anxiety after stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) is not a known side effect, but is a good sign that Prozac (fluoxetine) was doing something for it. You might want to ask your md to go back on it? ...Read more

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Can chest pain and upper back pain be linked? Do you think it's from stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) and starting celexa 2 weeks ago?

Can chest pain and upper back pain be linked? Do you think it's from stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) and starting celexa 2 weeks ago?

Yes: Don't know your age or history, obecity, cholesterol smoker etc. Some chest pain from the heart can radiate through the upper back as well. I doubt it's the medication change. It's best to see your physician for a true physical and testing. ...Read more

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Which works quicker and is better for anxiety and depression: Prozac or Celexa? I was on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 2 years and it stopped working.

Which works quicker and is better for anxiety and depression: Prozac or Celexa?  I was on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 2 years and it stopped working.

Antidepressant Medic: Your emotional Health is Precious!
Lack of good response of Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression while taking for 2 years indicates that you will benefit for therapy
to undestand stressors causing depression with feelings of sadness, crying spells, hurt shame, guilt, resentment, frustration; how to overcome these feelings.
Prozac and Celexa will not help as they are in the same family of medication as Lexapro (escitalopram) ...Read more

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How do the tricyclic antidepressants differ from Prozac and zoloft (sertraline)?

Older and cheaper: More risk of ineractions with other drugs, higher risk of cardiac problems if your kid eats them. ...Read more

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Tapered from celexa 40mg to Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg in a period of 2 months because of worse depression. Prozac (fluoxetine) is making me feel derealization. Should I stop it?

Talk to your doctor: My intuition is telling me that discontinuation or changing the dose may be a consideration although I would try to talk to a doctor about this before proceeding. If you start having thoughts of harm to self or those around you then I would definitely think about getting to an emergency department. Stay safe! ...Read more

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I currently take antidepressants such as Prozac, Wellbutrin, (bupropion) and metformin. Can I take a fat burner with it with shredZ?

I currently take antidepressants such as Prozac, Wellbutrin, (bupropion) and metformin. Can I take a fat burner with it with shredZ?

It does not work But: Shredz contains green tea extract, Cayenne PepperExtract&Vitamin B5(Pantothenic Acid). It is rather expensive and there is no scientific study to support it as a fat burner or weight loss pill. The manufactures claim it wirks. We can not recommend its use
If you still want to use it. Talk to your doctor if it is ok to use.
Only way you can lose weight and fat is by low carb, low calorie diet&exercise ...Read more

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What is the difference between Prozac (fluoxetine) and celexa?

Prozac (fluoxetine) was prototype: Prozac or fluoxetine was the first selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Later ssri's that were developed worked on other subtypes of the serotonin receptors in the brain and thus in theory had less side effects.
Also, they were metabolized differently by the liver. Therefore, duration of action or interaction with other medications differed.
An example would be different degree of sexual problems. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Citalopram (Definition)

Citalopram is a ssri medication used to treat anxiety and depression disorders, it's also used to treat ptsd and ocd. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. Side effects; sedation, minor temporary stomach issues, delayed orgasm in males and rarely weight gain. It is ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

Prozac is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more