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Why have i gained weight since.Quitting fluoxetine? No change in diet and i even started jogging since new years day. I am so frustrated!

Why have i gained weight since.Quitting fluoxetine? No change in diet and i even started jogging since new years day. I am so frustrated!

Med side effect?: Weight loss can be a side effect of fluoxetine. That is not a reason to take it if you don't need it. Jogging is a great start to keep weight off. . Learning about food and healthy eating can help. You are not alone about frustration in losing weight. If the frustration is overwhelming, therapy may help. ...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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What happens if i quit Prozac (fluoxetine) cold turkey?

What happens if i quit Prozac (fluoxetine) cold turkey?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Prozac (fluoxetine) has long half-life, but some withdrawal can still occur within 3-7 days of discontinuing the medication. ...Read more

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I quit Prozac (fluoxetine) after 10yrs. Suicidal ideation, depression, and insomnia decreased post-prozac but anxiety increased. How can I treat anxiety now?

I quit Prozac (fluoxetine) after 10yrs. Suicidal ideation, depression, and insomnia decreased post-prozac but anxiety increased. How can I treat anxiety now?

Other treatements: There are two different approaches to treating anxiety, even after 10 years. Psychotherapy is a very effective option. Sticking with medication, there are other medications besides Prozac that treat anxiety and depression. A different ssri, such as zoloft (sertraline) or Celexa is an option, as well as choosing a medication from a completely different class, such as remeron. ...Read more

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I just cold turkey quit my symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine) after seven years. Its been a week and i feel fine. How long does it take to get out of your system?

I just cold turkey quit my symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine) after seven years. Its been a week and i feel fine. How long does it take to get out of your system?

It may be out alrigh: Normally we do not advice meds like zyprexa and Prozac to be stopped suddenly, as symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine) is a combination of zyprexa and prozac having said that you have done it and it is a week without any serious side effects and you feel good, most of the meds are out of your system and you need not worry, but do check with your psychiatrist as the reason you were taking and you may or may not need anything. ...Read more

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Is it advisable to return to Prozac (fluoxetine) after having quit?

Prozac (fluoxetine): If recommended by your physician and warranted by recurrence of symptoms , yes. ...Read more

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Used 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 4 months. Now cutting it down to 10 mg a day (doctors advice) for two weeks. Possible to have side effects by quiting now?

Used 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 4 months. Now cutting it down to 10 mg a day (doctors advice) for two weeks. Possible to have side effects by quiting now?

Doubtful: Going from Prozac (fluoxetine) 20mg daily to 10mg daily should not produce any untoward effects. However, if you think tapering is too fast for you, discuss your side effects with treating physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have taken fluoxetine 20mg twice a day for 2 years. My sex drive declines over time. Is this permanent? How long to restore normal after quit it?

Within months: The sexual side effects of Prozac (fluoxetine) are not permanent, you should be back to normal within weeks or at the most a month as the medication bi products linger around for few weeks in your system. However be mindful of what Prozac (fluoxetine) was started for, have a detailed talk with your physician before doing anything. There are other ways to improving your libido like switching to another or adding medication. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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