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How quickly can I increase my dose of prozac (fluoxetine)?

How quickly can I increase my dose of prozac (fluoxetine)?

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

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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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What do you suggest if my Prozac (fluoxetine) dose was just increased. will I feel differently?

What do you suggest if my Prozac (fluoxetine) dose was just increased. will I feel differently?

May take time: Fluoxetine (Prozac) is an SSRI medication approved for major depression and some types of anxiety. Depending on the psychiatric condition, an increase in dose may take 2-4 weeks to have a noticeable effect, although it may be sooner. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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

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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?

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?

It varies.: 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

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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 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?

Once a day: Prozac (fluoxetine) can be taken once a day at any dose due to its extremely long half life. Some people can even take it once a week! don't do that (the once a week) without consulting the prescribing physician, please. ...Read more

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Should Prozac (fluoxetine) dosage be increased from 20 to 30mg or directly from 20 to 40.

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

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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

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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