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How Quickly Can I Increase My Dose Of Prozac
Depends: Depending on why you are being treated and the form of the medication (daily vs. Weekly) as well as how you tolerate it, you may even be able to start at a "high" dose (60-90 mg). ...Read more
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
Been on 10mg Prozac (fluoxetine) 6 weeks. Feeling better. Dr says to start 20mg. Will I experience nausea and increased anxiety again changing dose?
Probably not: Usually, the initial side effects of a medication are not repeated when increasing doses. However, by crystal ball is in the shop and we will only know when you try. ...Read more
Have started Buspar (buspirone) 5mg twice daily as initial dose with Prozac 20mg that I am already taking. How soon should be the Buspar (buspirone) increased to 10mg twice daily safely without increase in side effects?
Depends: That is a low starting dose. I use up to 30mg twice per day. I sometimes start people at 15mg per day so if you don't have any side effects in a few days you can increase. ...Read more
Been on lamictal for little over two weeks and just increased dose to 50 mg and am itching kind of intensely but no rash will the itching go away? Also my Dr added back Prozac (fluoxetine) 10 mg
Check: Many reasons for itch may try to decrease dose and see if helps. If persistant see your doc ...Read more
I take Prozac 40mg. Is there any benefit in taking it in divided doses, 20mg each, in the morning and in the evening?
After long term use:
Prozac's half life is 4-6 days so taking one daily is the
convenient dose. ...Read more
I have taken 20mg prozac for 4 days (4 doses). I would like to know, can I just stop taking it or is there a weening that has to be done.
Yes: If you have only taken 4 doses should not be a problem, ...Read more
My dr. Lowered my dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) from 20mg to 10mg. Because of the half life does this mean I will have more in my system and if so for how long?
Had my Prozac (fluoxetine) prescribed for anxiety stopped working or do I need to change the dose?
Chk dose., Time used:
Some patient may experience increase energy or activation early after initiating of txmt. Onset of action usually delayed 2-4 wees. If your dose has been adjusted gradually and the medication is not working with 6 to 8 weeks, it may require a dosege incras or it may not be working at all. In some cases it continues for many years to prevent relapse of symptoms.
Consider re-visiting psychiatrist. ...Read more
How long should I stay on starting dose 10mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) before bumping up to 20mg? (For anxiety)
That depends: There is no set limit as to when to increase the dose of the medication. The decision is made, depending on your individual case history and presentation, the amount of anxiety and possibly mixed depression you may have, etc. This is done through continuity of care with your provider at the next appt. You schedule. Best wishes. ...Read more
I used 4 doses prozac 20 mg, I stopped using it after my 4th dose, how long will it take me to get out of my blood, and when side efects will be gone?
! -3 days: It should not be long at all if you have only taken 4 doses ...Read more
Dr recommended I increase prozac (fluoxetine) dosage. Is it safe to go 20mg to 40mg? Or should I do 20mg to 30mg and then 40mg? I have 10mg and 20mg pills.
Prozac (fluoxetine): Please only increase or change medications under your doctor's direct supervision. I would take it which ever way your provider suggested. It is usually safe to increase dose by 10 or by 20mg at a time. ...Read more
Started Prozac (fluoxetine) back up at 20mg a day, along with my 15mg Valium a day. Just read Prozac (fluoxetine) can increase Valium levels. Am I in danger?
Shouldn't be: You're taking a fairly low dose of both Prozac and Valium. .. But, yes, because of the way Prozac is metabolized, it will effect the concentration of Valium. That said, if you're having acute anxiety and depression - perhaps have a discussion with your doctor about another medication which might be more appropriate for you (such as Cymbalta (duloxetine) or Pristiq). Hope that helps! ...Read more
I take Prozac (fluoxetine) 20mg every morning for anxiety, but this morning I forgot I had taken one already and took double the dose (40mg). Is this dangerous?
Don't worry: Not at all. The max daily dose is 80mg/day. Also, a pill box may help make it easier to remember. ...Read more
I have trichotillomania, I have seen a phyciatrist & he has given me the lightest dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) to try out. I havn't started taking it yet. Should i?
Yes: Trichotillomania, or compulsive hair pulling, is a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. The best treatment for OCD is a combination of serotonin boosting meds, like prozac, (fluoxetine) and cognitive behavioral therapy. Usually, in OCD spectrum disorders, a higher dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) will be necessary ultimately but your doctor is right to start you on a low dose so that you can get used to it. ...Read more
I take 20mg Prozac (fluoxetine) in the morning. If I miss a dose and realized it in the afternoon or evening, should I still take it or wait till the next morning?
Half time: If you remember in the 1st half of the day - take it ASAP. If you're in the 2nd half (closer to the next dose, wait. Do NOT take two to make up for the missed dose!!! Try not to have this happen but don't worry - every now and then things get thrown off and it's okay. Relax. ...Read more
I know starting Prozac (fluoxetine) can raise anxiety levels initially. My question is, how long does the increase of anxiety when starting Prozac (fluoxetine) last?
Prozac (fluoxetine) actually is used for treating Anxiety also.
If you are feeling more Anxious, and is interfering with your daily routine, you should talk to your doctor.
I usually recommend about a week to get adjusted to a new medicine.
I believe you must be taking it for Depression. Try Meditation and Relaxation Technique to help with Anxiety ...Read more
I was taking 20mg Prozac (fluoxetine) and increased to 30mg daily this month. Should I take all in the morning or or divide at breakfast and lunch. Eventually I plan to move to 40mg daily. When should I increase?
I am just starting Prozac (fluoxetine) and was wondering what will happen if my depression increases?
Depression: Prozac (fluoxetine) and similar medications can take several weeks to reach full effectiveness. After and even within that time period, if your depression worsens, it will be important to contact your physician, as you may need a change in dosage or to shift to a different medication. However giving the medication time to work is an important piece of starting an antidepressant. ...Read more
10-20mg/day: 10-20mg.Get a more detailed answer ›
Prozac (fluoxetine): If response limited at the lower dose. Discuss first with your doctor. ...Read more
Please ask your doc: Hi: this type of question's answer has so many variables it would be best to ask the physician who knows your history, your body size and your mental health what they think is the next best step for you. ...Read more
How long does a higher dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) start to get into your system. (Went from 50-60 since Friday)?
Several days: Within 3-5 days I'd expect the higher dose to be stabilizing in your bloodstream. Whether or not that translates into clinical effects for the purpose your doctor prescribed it though is a different story since there may be much more lag time for the body to RESPOND to a medication or its increase than, for the substance to actually get to measurably higher/stable levels. Make sense? ...Read more
Depends: Depends on person illness etc I have pts getting along on 10mg & others who have to have their 80mg doses augmented with other meds. ...Read more
Neither: By reducing the rate of serotonin removal (norepinephrin in SNRIs) SSRIs alter the relative balance of those neurotransmitters w/ glutamate (G) but that's an indirect increase. Since high (G) seems associated w/ depression - they might unintentionally make things worse for some folk (paradox side effect). An experimental new drug (riluzole) to > G is being studied now. Who knows? ...Read more