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Adrenalectomy 10 yrs ago. On Prozac 3 yrs. Low sex drive before prozac, still low now. Anything be done? Female, post menopause w/hysterectomy
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
Is it normal for a doctor to prescribe Prozac for mood swings and high emotions during menopause I am going through menopause and am very emotional and have mood swings sometimes i feel like crying for no reason i jump at people these things are not norma
Work with your doc : Menopause usually occurs around age 52. As you are a lot younger, you may have experienced menopause through surgery (hysterectomy) or other medical reason. Sometimes, it is helpful to use antidepressants as women adjust to the changes of menopause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
TOO OFTEN: Although some degree of depression and mood changes occur in most women going thru this period, antidepressants are not my first choice of treatment. Natural hormone replacement and treating underlying thyroid issues are more effective in my experience and have less negative side effects. ...Read more
Donq quai: I agree with dr. Ali about the typical uses of dong quai. However, some compounds in the plant may increase the effect of ssri's. Also, combining the 2 may risk bleeding. Most likely this would be easy bruising or petechial (tiny) hemorrhages that look like a rash. I would be very cautious with this combination. Depending on the effect you're seeking, there may be safer options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depression: Each patient is different. Many people are on that medication for several years. When a patient starts on this medication patient should stay on it for 6 to 9 months after that they try to wean the patient off the medication gradually. See you doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have accidentally been taking 80mg of prozac. Prescribed 40mg. Anything I should know about going back down to 40mg?
Should be ok @ 40: It is likely that you won't feel much at all going down to 40 if that is what has been keeping you in good emotional balance. Prozac has a very long half-life (time needed to get rid of half the med in body) of about 7-9 days, thus likely you won't feel the change. If you have other concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not necessarily: If Prozac is helping you and you are not bothered by side effects (e.g. Sleepiness, jitteriness, lethargy, bleeding), then there is no problem with taking Prozac long-term. There is no evidence that taking Prozac long-term (i.e. Years) is harmful in any way. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prozac: I agree with drs. Ali and satinover that Prozac can be very useful when prescribed and re-assessed carefully. However, i believe it (and other antidepressants) can be over-prescribed too. I have seen non-psychiatrists (as well as psychiatrists) jump to prescription pads when a patient weeps or tells of grief following a death. Not every tear signifies depression requiring prozac. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Menopause occurs 1 year after the last time you had a period. However, when perimenopausal (the time leading up to your period stopping) you can have a # of sxs. Sxs may include waking up in the middle of the night sweating heavily; dryness of the vaginal tissue; irregularity of periods, hot flashes; mood swings & decreased interest in sex. In the us the ave age ...Read more
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