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What Is The Maintenance Dose Of Prozac
Depends: Depends on person illness etc I have pts getting along on 10mg & others who have to have their 80mg doses augmented with other meds. ...Read more
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
Been on prozac (fluoxetine) since a kid now an adult who cants maintain an erection. And puberty stopped when I started the pro zac is there a correlation?
Hmmm...not sure: Don't know that I'd agree that Prozac (fluoxetine) STOPPED you from entering or completing puberty exactly but I definitely agree that it very well could be a major contributing cause or even the reason for your erectile dysfunction. Talk to your healthcare provider and see if they can switch you to something that will allow your erectile function to return. You still have your libido, no? ...Read more
Is it safe to take the vitamin bilberry to maintain eyesight? I am on prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg and I'm a 21 year old female. I have no other illnesses
Yes: It is generally safe to take bilberry, but keep in mind there is no evidence that bilberry will improve your eyesight. ...Read more
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
How long should I stay on starting dose 10mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) before bumping up to 20mg? (For anxiety)
That depends: There is no set limit as to when to increase the dose of the medication. The decision is made, depending on your individual case history and presentation, the amount of anxiety and possibly mixed depression you may have, etc. This is done through continuity of care with your provider at the next appt. You schedule. Best wishes. ...Read more
I used 4 doses prozac 20 mg, I stopped using it after my 4th dose, how long will it take me to get out of my blood, and when side efects will be gone?
! -3 days: It should not be long at all if you have only taken 4 doses ...Read more
I take Prozac (fluoxetine) 20mg every morning for anxiety, but this morning I forgot I had taken one already and took double the dose (40mg). Is this dangerous?
Don't worry: Not at all. The max daily dose is 80mg/day. Also, a pill box may help make it easier to remember. ...Read more
I have trichotillomania, I have seen a phyciatrist & he has given me the lightest dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) to try out. I havn't started taking it yet. Should i?
Yes: Trichotillomania, or compulsive hair pulling, is a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. The best treatment for OCD is a combination of serotonin boosting meds, like prozac, (fluoxetine) and cognitive behavioral therapy. Usually, in OCD spectrum disorders, a higher dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) will be necessary ultimately but your doctor is right to start you on a low dose so that you can get used to it. ...Read more
I take 20mg Prozac (fluoxetine) in the morning. If I miss a dose and realized it in the afternoon or evening, should I still take it or wait till the next morning?
Half time: If you remember in the 1st half of the day - take it ASAP. If you're in the 2nd half (closer to the next dose, wait. Do NOT take two to make up for the missed dose!!! Try not to have this happen but don't worry - every now and then things get thrown off and it's okay. Relax. ...Read more
10-20mg/day: 10-20mg.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
How long does a higher dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) start to get into your system. (Went from 50-60 since Friday)?
Several days: Within 3-5 days I'd expect the higher dose to be stabilizing in your bloodstream. Whether or not that translates into clinical effects for the purpose your doctor prescribed it though is a different story since there may be much more lag time for the body to RESPOND to a medication or its increase than, for the substance to actually get to measurably higher/stable levels. Make sense? ...Read more
I take Prozac 40mg. Is there any benefit in taking it in divided doses, 20mg each, in the morning and in the evening?
After long term use:
Prozac's half life is 4-6 days so taking one daily is the
convenient dose. ...Read more
I have taken 20mg prozac for 4 days (4 doses). I would like to know, can I just stop taking it or is there a weening that has to be done.
Yes: If you have only taken 4 doses should not be a problem, ...Read more
My dr. Lowered my dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) from 20mg to 10mg. Because of the half life does this mean I will have more in my system and if so for how long?
Tuesday was my last dose of 50mg of Paxil after eighteen years on, Thursday morning was my first dose of Prozac 60mg, would withdraw start today sat.?
Can be immediate:
In particular after being on the Paxil for so long, the serotonin discontinuation can be immediate and very intense. Even if another serotonin agent is substituted - like Prozac - it typically does not reduce symptoms.
It might be best to very gradually taper the Paxil even after instituting the Prozac. ...Read more
What's the best time to take prozac (fluoxetine)? Morning. Afternoon. Before bed? Starting 1st dose & rather not feel any side affects if any. Rather not panic too
Prozac (fluoxetine): Prozac (fluoxetine) is believed to be more activating antidepressant. The majority of doctors recommend to take it in the morning hours. That said, some people feel like it helps them to sleep better. You can try taking it in the morning, if it makes you feels sleepy or tired, switch it to bedtime. ...Read more
Been on 10mg Prozac (fluoxetine) 6 weeks. Feeling better. Dr says to start 20mg. Will I experience nausea and increased anxiety again changing dose?
Probably not: Usually, the initial side effects of a medication are not repeated when increasing doses. However, by crystal ball is in the shop and we will only know when you try. ...Read more
Suffering from dep/anx. Was on effexor (venlafaxine) stoppped working dr upped dose got BP and tapered to prozac its not working after 8 weeks. I am scared?
Seek CBT therapy: I hope you can find a good CBT therapist that you feel good with to help you as the search for an effective pill proceeds. If you find one, it will optimize the benefits and if not, it will do the best job for you. You'll learn how to handle things and manage the symptoms and understand yourself better. Best! ...Read more
Is the effective Prozac (fluoxetine) dosage usually 20mg? I had a doctor tell me 20mg used to be the only Prozac (fluoxetine) dose and going higher isn't necessary
Prozac (fluoxetine): The usual edose for Prozac (fluoxetine) is 20 mg. However, some people do require a higher dose if only part of the desired effect is reached. In my practice, if the patient requires more than 40 mg, I seek a consultation from a psychiatrist to determine if their are other psychiatric problems that need to be addressed and, perhap, new medication to fit that particular patient ...Read more
My husband is on a fairly low dose of prozac (fluoxetine). He has a pattern of aniety, then anger, followed by abusive behavior to me. Can I call his dr?
Yes or the police: Yes, and you can also call the police depending upon how abusive he is. ...Read more
Been doing well on prozac (fluoxetine). Many stressors last few days. Can't see a way out. Suicidal thoughts. Would taking an extra dose help until I can see dr?
May not: You need to see a mental health provider now! ...Read more
How do you discriminate between happiness and hypomania during prozac (fluoxetine) withdrawal? My mood and energy have been much better since tapering down my dose
Prozac/Pamelor: If monitored closely by your doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
Psych d/c 120 mg Prozac and is starting me on 40 mg Lexapro (escitalopram) for mdd. Are the high doses safe? What about serotonin syndrome?
How long should I wait to begin Prozac (fluoxetine) after taking a single non-repetitive dose of Trazodone to avoid elevated risk of serotonin syndrome?
Ask your doctor: According to your profile, you're pregnant so please check with your OB to make sure both meds are ok to take. Not sure what "non-repetitive" Trazodone dose means. Do you mean "as needed for"? what you don't say. Good you're cautious about taking these meds especially if pregnant. Don't know doses so best to check also with your prescribing doctor if that person isn't your OB. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I am taking 40 MG of Latuda (lurasidone) and 30 MG of Prozac, NYE is coming up and I would like to have a few drinks. Is it safe to skip a dose to drink?
On Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg for 1 year. Never any problem. Suddenly deeply depressed, crying, do not know why. Dr changed dose 20mg been on for 3 weeks no change.
Stay with it!: I'm sorry to hear of ur depressive exacerbation, despite prozac (fluoxetine) tx. It's great that ur working with ur doc to get started on a hier dose regimen. If you've observed no change, call ur doc! She may ask u to come in, or increase prozac until sxs r controlled. Ur current dosage is relatively lo. There r many effective meds & therapies. U & ur doc will find the right one for you! ...Read more
The doctor added 300mg of WellbutrinXL to 40mg Prozac (fluoxetine) for SAD, I have to take these doses (300mg+40mg) together in the morning one time (one bach)?
Wellbutrin, (bupropion) Prozac:
I understand your concern for addition of Wellbutrin (bupropion) with Prozac.
It is likely that you have severe depression which did not get alleviated with Prozac 40mg/day.
Please provide complete history of stressors in your life and use of any Alcohol or drugs to your psychiatrist and discuss need for addition of Wellbutrin (bupropion).
Intensive individual therapy and therapy with your family will be beneficial. ...Read more
Is Prozac (fluoxetine) 1 of the safest anxiety meds available with the least major side effects and is there any cardiovascular side effects. Starting lowest dose.
When tapering to stop prozac, (fluoxetine) what is the lowest dose taken? Currently at 2.4mg daily and if I skip a dose I still get lightheaded several hours later
Talk to doctor: Prozac (fluoxetine) also comes in concentrate (liquid) form. You could in theory get a 1 mg dose that way. However, your dose now is very low. Lightheadedness could also be underlying anxiety symptom recurring. Best to hold the dose and take daily until you review with prescribing doctor, who needs to monitor any dose changes. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more
On 45mg Prozac now and Propranolol 10mg 3x per day. Psych just tonight prescribed me Strattera (atomoxetine) (a low dose) for my concentration. Safe? Effective? Thx
Strattera (atomoxetine)?: Strattera (atomoxetine) is a non-stimulant, non-habit forming med that is approved for treatment of add/ADHD. To review ur specific risk/benefit/side effect profile, be sure to talk with ur prescribing doc. Unlike stimulant meds, this med does have to be taken to for some time to see effects, so if you & your doc decide 2 go with it, remember it does not produce effects the day you take it. Best of luck! ...Read more
I am on Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg for anxiety disorder. Since a while I am feeling fatigue etc but mood ok. Does this mean my dose of Prozac (fluoxetine) needs adjustment?
I have been off Paxil (paroxetine) for 5 days now the withdrawal symptoms are terrible. I don't want to go back on Paxil (paroxetine) should I take. Prozac in low dose for help?
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