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I feel fatigue and muscle weakness.Mood is ok but doc prescribed prozac (fluoxetine).Had weaned off Prozac (fluoxetine) a yr ago after treating depression and OCD type anxiety?

I feel fatigue and muscle weakness.Mood is ok but doc prescribed prozac (fluoxetine).Had weaned off Prozac (fluoxetine) a yr ago after treating depression and OCD type anxiety?

Needs evaluation: Cant say from the info provided that your past problems are your current problems, though you may have a preoccupation with illness until you are proven to be well your complaints should be taken seriously and worked up by a doctor. ...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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Any advice? I have been weaned off fluoxetine due to hives?

Please clarify: Are you asking what medication to try next?

If so, for what condition?
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Been on 20mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 8 mos. How would i wean off?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Prozac (fluoxetine) is along acting compound and if you need to stop the medication can stop and there are not any withdrawals as compared to some other meds.I would encourage to discuss with your doctor and make sure that is the right thing to do and if you are taking nay other meds
all the best. ...Read more

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After taking 20mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 19 days can I just stop.Doesnt agree with me..Or do I have to wean off?

Talk to doc first: You should talk to your doctor first. Prozac (fluoxetine) hangs around in your bloodstream for days. Please do not stop it however until you've had a discussion regarding that with your prescribing physician. It could be side effects may just go away with time and you're already almost 3 weeks into treatment with this medication so i would try to be more patient with it and get in touch with your doctor the first chance you get. ...Read more

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Is fluoxetine addictive or hard to wean off from?

Neither: It was the first ssri & has been around the longest & has been shown to be safe it has the longest half life so usually no discontinuance sx--it's not addicting. ...Read more

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I have been weaning off Prozac (fluoxetine) for 2 weeks can I now try l-5-htp?

Why substitute?: Prozac (fluoxetine) has long acting metabolites and therefore usually does not need to be tapered off unless their are other issues.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy & relaxation training would seem to be a better choice than more and certainly unproven homeopathic herbal choices. Dealing with the underlying cause of symptoms is always
the better choice than band aids. ...Read more

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I took Prozac (fluoxetine) for nearly 2.5 years. Have been weaned off by psychiatrist & just stopped yesterday. How long before it leaves my system completely?

20-30 days: The half-life is 4-6 days with chronic use. We multiply that by 5 to get the elimination half-life which would then be 20-30 days. There are metabolizes that can hang around longer. ...Read more

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What is the best way to wean 10 mg Prozac (fluoxetine) off of an 11 yr old boy?

What is the best way to wean 10 mg Prozac (fluoxetine) off of an 11 yr old boy?

Weaning Prozac (fluoxetine): I understand your concern for 11 year old boy.
He should be evaluated by a Child psychiatrist for assessment of degree of depression at this time, his functioning at school, and at home

Prozac (fluoxetine) should be weaned under the direction of treating Child psychiatrist.

It is possible to wean off Prozac (fluoxetine) if mood is stable, functioning has improved, ha good support, and family is involved in treatment. ...Read more

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I weaned off 20mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) that i had been taking for 8 mos 2 weeks ago..Is it now safe to take the maca root supplement?

I weaned off 20mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) that i had been taking for 8 mos 2 weeks ago..Is it now safe to take the maca root supplement?

Probably -- but ?: Why did you stop the prozac (fluoxetine)? And how are you with the symptoms for which it was prescribed? Plus, what are you hoping maca will do for you? All these things are best discussed with your own doctor, who knows you best. If you were depressed, maca is not likely to help you with that, so i'm concerned that you might not be receiving treatment you need. Be well. ...Read more

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Can i wean myself off prozac (fluoxetine)? I've been bipolar for sometime and diagnosed with depression. Docs appt jan 31 can't wait that long. Its. Bugging me.

Can i wean myself off prozac (fluoxetine)? I've been bipolar for sometime and diagnosed with depression. Docs appt jan 31 can't wait that long. Its. Bugging me.

The doc prescribing: Is the one you should speak to now to voice your concerns first most. And maybe they can help you find a different psychiatrist with a shorter waiting time. Mainly please try not to do your own medication management without first talking it over with doc who prescribed it or your primary care physician. Take care. ...Read more

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I have been on 20 mg of Prozac for 5 years I am 66 yrs old.would now like to wean off under dr. Supervision will this be a problem?

I have been on 20 mg of Prozac for 5 years I am 66 yrs old.would now like to wean off under dr. Supervision will this be a problem?

May be: Prozac is relatively harmless and you could keep taking it. Trying to taper it under doctor's supervision is okay too and you should not hesitate to go back to your usual dose if you do not feel well. ...Read more

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After i switch to Prozac after a week of transition from cymbalta (duloxetine) would i be able to wean off Prozac without issues or keep take for a month then wean?

Work w/your doctor: I don't know what your psychiatrist has in mind for your treatment, so it's not appropriate for me to guess about that. You really need to discuss this withhim or her. However, Prozac (fluoxetine) is a very long-acting medication and is sometimes used to taper from other ssri antidepressants. Smaller increments of Prozac (fluoxetine) are also available, and can be used in tapering if needed. ...Read more

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As i gradually weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and took Prozac to decreased Effexor (venlafaxine) xr, my sleep hasnt been the same and i get aggravated, what is this?

As i gradually weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR and took Prozac to decreased Effexor (venlafaxine) xr, my sleep hasnt been the same and i get aggravated, what is this?

More data needed: Effexor (venlafaxine) xr works on more neurotransmitters than prozac. Also depending upon the dose of the Effexor (venlafaxine) xr perhaps it was tapered too fast and or the dose of Prozac was not high enough. In either event you need to discuss it with you doc. Often their are other temporary medications that can be taken prn
to get you through the switch over phase. Also the time of day that you take the meds
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I am just about done weaning off prozac..Also just about done with .25mg of xanax (alprazolam)..Can i take valerian?

Valerian xanax (alprazolam): Valerian is extremely weak compared to xanax (alprazolam). If you wean off your meds under doctor's advice, then you are safe. Xanax (alprazolam) is never to be taken on a daily basis as it rapidly causes dependence. ...Read more

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I recently weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR by taking Prozac 10 mg and from dropping from 50-25mg seroquel for a week then 12.5mg seroquel then stopped both Prozac and seroquel on 5/13.I can't sleep now, help!

I recently weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) XR by taking Prozac 10 mg and from dropping from 50-25mg seroquel for a week then 12.5mg seroquel then stopped both Prozac and seroquel on 5/13.I can't sleep now, help!

Talk w/your doctor: This question is best answered by your own doctor who prescribed you the medications and then tapered them. If you're having difficulty, please contact him/her. S/he may want you to continue a low dose of seroquel (quetiapine) for a little longer -- but i don't know what symptoms you were having in the first place. Symptoms can return when medication is stopped. Your doctor knows you best, & can help. ...Read more

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My doctor switched me from Zoloft (sertraline) (50 mg) to prozac (10 mg) and I'm feeling the site effects of it. Is this normal? Without weaning from Zoloft (sertraline)?

My doctor switched me from Zoloft (sertraline) (50 mg) to prozac (10 mg) and I'm feeling the site effects of it. Is this normal? Without weaning from Zoloft (sertraline)?

Not surprising: While both Zoloft (sertraline) and Prozac are similar (SSRIs), patients often respond differently to the two medicines. So feeling some side effects from the change is not surprising. Typically our brains adjust to the change within 7-10 days without serious problems. However, if side effects persist or significantly disrupt your daily activities, contact your doctor and discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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Seroquel is not helping with insomnia. It was for about a week, but loss of sleep is creeping up again since i weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) and prozac?

Seroquel is not helping with insomnia.  It was for about a week,  but loss of sleep is creeping up again since i weaned off Effexor (venlafaxine) and prozac?

Call your doctor: Please contact your physician about this asap. S/he may need to adjust your seroquel (quetiapine) dose. If you have bipolar disorder, the sleep loss could be impending hypomania or mania. Your doctor will be best able to advise you. Be well. ...Read more

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Severe panic in with Agoraphobia and GAD and health anxiety. I take high dose Xanax XR and Zoloft. Weaning from Zoloft to Prozac having extreme anxiet?

Severe panic in with Agoraphobia and GAD and health anxiety. I take high dose Xanax XR and Zoloft. Weaning from Zoloft to Prozac having extreme anxiet?

Add therapy: Certainly the medication may be adjusted as there are various choices in a situation and some people may respond better to one medication as compared to another. Therapy should probably be added to the treatment mix as there are various techniques that may be helpful in reducing your symptoms. ...Read more

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I take Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg and valium 13mg (weaning) a day. I suffer from severe constipation. Had to go to ER because of stomach pains. Can these cause this?

I take Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg and valium 13mg (weaning) a day. I suffer from severe constipation. Had to go to ER because of stomach pains. Can these cause this?

Unlikely: You need a full exam and eval for cause of constipation and stomach pains. Constipation is a very uncommon side effect of Prozac (fluoxetine) and Valium. Follow up with recommendations of ER doc and keep your pcp informed, if not see him/her as well. I hope this helps and you feel better. ...Read more

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What is Prozac (fluoxetine)?

SSRI antidepresant : Its been around a while now, but pretty revolutionary when it first came out. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor most commonly used to treat depression. The ssris were a big step forward due to far less side effects than the tricyclic antidepressants that were the main treatment for depression prior to that. ...Read more

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What happens if I take 100mg fluoxetine?

How much are: you prescribed to take? Increasing dose doesn't necessarily mean that you will get more benefit when reaching those doses. When dose is high - chances for serotinergic syndrome can increase. Please take only as prescribed by your provider. Take care. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: fluoxetine?

Please describe the medication: fluoxetine?

Milestone Medication: 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 tolerated than previous antidepressants. ...Read more

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What is Prozac (fluoxetine) for and what are it's effects?

What is Prozac (fluoxetine) for and what are it's effects?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Prozac (fluoxetine) is an ssri medication which can be used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, some premenstrual disorders, and bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder). It inhibits neurons' reuptake of serotonin, so that more remains available in neuronal synapses. Common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, sweating, and yawning. There can also be changes in sexual functioning. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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