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How will I know Prozac (fluoxetine) is working? I have taken it two weeks.

How will I know Prozac (fluoxetine) is working? I have taken it two weeks.

2 to 6 Weeks: Your medication is working when your treatment goals for are being met. For example, if your your goals include being motivated to get out of bed each morning and performing certain tasks: then you would find it easier to get up each day and easier to complete the tasks. Most patients begin to feel better after two weeks. But for some it may take up to six weeks. Be patient and talk to your md. ...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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Is taking two 10mg Prozac (fluoxetine) the same as one 20mg tablet? I was recently on twenty and got but on ten but it's not working as well so can I take two 10mg

Ask your doctor: Yes, 2 pills of 10mg Prozac (fluoxetine) is equivalent to 1 pill of 20mg. But, please keep your treating physician in the loop, let her or him know that you've restored your Prozac (fluoxetine) dose to 20mg daily. ...Read more

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How long will it take for Prozac (fluoxetine) to begin working?

How long will it take for Prozac (fluoxetine) to begin working?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Usually after one week you would see some response, then within 4-5 weeks for full efficacy at the therapeutic dose. ...Read more

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I just started taking Prozac (fluoxetine) yesterday, when should it start working?

I just started taking Prozac (fluoxetine) yesterday, when should it start working?

Generally 2-4 weeks: Most antidepressants take 2-4 weeks. Some people, esp with panic attacks may notice worsening before improvement. If there is no improvement after 4 weeks adjustments or med changes would be indicated. Tell your prescriber if you feel worse initially as there might be something to help. ...Read more

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I am on Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg from 20 days.How i can find out if its working or not and how much does it need to start working?

I am on Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg from 20 days.How i can find out if its working or not and how much does it need to start working?

INCREASE DOSE: If there is no clinical change after a week, the dr should try a dose increase (up to 80mg). If there is no antidepressant effect, a switch to another med is called for. ...Read more

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My 10mg Prozac (fluoxetine) dosage has stopped working after 2 yrs. What usually happens next after this event? Will I need to take more and more as time passes?

Depression, Prozac (fluoxetine): I understand your concern. Prozac is for depression and anxiety. 10mg/day is your maintenance dose for about 2 years. It is likely that you have become used to it if you did not have Therapy, and there may have been new stressor in your life. Be Captain of your thoughts, feelings, symptoms and actions. See Psychiatrist for Therapy for stress in your life, Medication if needed. Relaxation, Yoga. ...Read more

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I am currently on Prozac (fluoxetine) and it seems to be not working. I need a new ssri?

I am  currently on Prozac (fluoxetine) and it seems to be not working. I need a new ssri?

It depends.: Hard to answer you without knowing your dose and how long you've been taking it. If you have simple depression and have been 20 mg for full 6weeks, with no results, i would move on to new med. But i usually go over the symptoms my patient described at our first visit and ask where things stand now. They are often amazed to see they are somewhat better. Then just up dose a bit to do some better. ...Read more

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I'm currently taking Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg, I just got put on adipex can these two drugs be taken together?

Yes: These drugs are usually fine together. Be on the lookout for an increased amount of confusion, agitation, dilated pupils, headaches, twitching muscles, shivering or goose bumps, and diarrhea. If you should notice that, let your doctor know. ...Read more

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Had my Prozac (fluoxetine) prescribed for anxiety stopped working or do I need to change the dose?

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

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Prozac (Definition)

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