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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

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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?

See below: Zyprexa (olanzapine) is earlier than a week. However, Prozac and its breakdown products can stay in your system for upto a month. This slow removal of Prozac prepares the brain and body in many, so they are protected from withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more

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

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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

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Tried lamictal as mood stabilizer was up to 50 mg at 3 weeks with intense itching my md told me to quit it today and raised my Prozac (fluoxetine) from 10 mg to 20mg how long will it take for itching to stop?

Tried lamictal as mood stabilizer was up to 50 mg at 3 weeks with intense itching my md told me to quit it today and raised my Prozac (fluoxetine) from 10 mg to 20mg how long will it take for itching to stop?

Lamictal & itch?: lamictal can cause a rash (SJS) that may be severe enough 2 b fatal. More common, any new med can cause a benign, but annoying rash (sometimes preceded by itch). bc there is a small chance that lamictal may cause the dangerous rash, MDs wisely stop the med if ANY new rash (or rash-like sx) develops. when will it pass? us. days. best way 2 know is have a dermatologist biopsy - 2 determine if SJS ...Read more

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How does fluoxetine work?

How does fluoxetine work?

SSRI: Fluoxetine is the first of the "newer generation" of antidepressants developed around 1990, called selective (or specific) serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI). It works by increasing the amount of serotonin available at brain synapses. Fluoxetine and other SSRIs are powerful anti-depressant and anti-anxiety agents. ...Read more

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What is Prozac (fluoxetine)?

SSRI antidepresant : Its been around a while now, but pretty revolutionary when it first came out. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor most commonly used to treat depression. The ssris were a big step forward due to far less side effects than the tricyclic antidepressants that were the main treatment for depression prior to that. ...Read more

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Is Prozac (fluoxetine) effective?

Is Prozac (fluoxetine) effective?

DEPENDS: For the right illness Prozac (fluoxetine) can be very effective. Indicated for depression, anxiety, panic, social anxiety, ocd, pmdd. ...Read more

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Does fluoxetine increases weight?

Does fluoxetine increases weight?

Weight Neutral: Any of the antidepressants can cause weight gain. When Prozac (fluoxetine) was first available, it was said to be weight neutral. If this is of concern and you are taking Prozac (fluoxetine) or thinking of taking Prozac (fluoxetine) discuss this with your doctor and see what options are available. ...Read more

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How does Prozac (fluoxetine) work?

How does Prozac (fluoxetine) work?

Prozac (fluoxetine): It inhibits reuptake of serotonin, hence increases available serotonin which relieves symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I stop Prozac (fluoxetine) ?

Prozac (fluoxetine): If you mean "How do I wean myself off Prozac (fluoxetine)?" the general rule is to work with your prescribing physician to help you taper off gradually. DO NOT IMMEDIATELY STOP TAKING IT. ...Read more

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Is fluoxetine good for reducing sex?

Delays ejaculation: Fluoxetine will delay ejaculation which depending on the couple may be good or bad. It will also decrease libido somewhat. If a person has an unwanted sexual compulsion or obsession -- and these are common -- drugs like fluoxetine sometimes cause them to melt away while leaving normal loving intact. Good luck. ...Read more

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Prozac (Definition)

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