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What To Expect The First Week On Prozac
I took Prozac (fluoxetine) for 3 weeks (5mg the first week, then 10mg)but I was extremely sick. It's been 26 days since I stopped it. Is it out of my system now?
Yes, it is out: Of your system now, if its been 26 days since your last dose. ...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
I've been on prozac (fluoxetine) for 10 weeks now - 10mg for the first 7, and 20mg for the past 3. Helped anxiety at first, but not anymore. Stick it out longer?
I just started Prozac (fluoxetine) (10mg) half dose for my first 2 weeks. I've noticed my right eye only is opening halfway is this related to Prozac (fluoxetine) in anyway?
UNLIKELY: I'VE BEEN PRESCRIBING PROZAC (fluoxetine) FOR 40 YEARS AND THIS IS A SIDE EFFECT I'VE NEVER RUN INTO. IT MAY POSSIBLY BE THE PROZAC (fluoxetine), BUT PROBABLY NOT. BE SURE BY STOPPING THE PROZAC (fluoxetine) (IT WILL BE OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM IN ABOUT A MONTH). OTHERWISE A NEUROLOGICAL CONSULT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE. ...Read more
Is there a way to go off cymbalta (duloxetine) by just switching completely over to Prozac the first day and continuing with prozac?
To avoid: Ssri discontinuation symptoms while making the change - a cross titration could be useful. In other words, reducing the dose of one while increasing the dose of the other. And doing this progressively until you are off the first medication and you get to the target dose of the second medication. ...Read more
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
Upped Prozac (fluoxetine) from 20mg to 40mg, in order to help getting of Valium. Experiencing more anxiety first 2 days, but this is normal right? Could it help?
I commend you wanting to get off Valium if it had become habit forming.
Of course you deserve relief from Anxiety.
Valium is for Anxiety.
Prozac (fluoxetine) is for depression, it can help with anxiety.
Increasing Prozac (fluoxetine) from 20mg/day to 40mg/day is likely causing anxiety.
See a Psychiatrist for diagnosis, need for medication, dose, benefits and side effects, Therapy, Breathing Relaxation, and Visual Imagery. ...Read more
I have been taking Prozac (fluoxetine) for my depression for the first couple of months I was even more unstable and very suicidal. What would have caused this?
Antidepressants: Not all antidepressants are for everyone. Your psychiatrist will help you select the right medication for you. We can not pinpoint what the exact cause was in your particular case. A black box warning exist for some antidepressants, mentioning situation like the one you describe. Discuss it with your dr. ...Read more
First few days on 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) cause drowsiness (i.E., feeling sleepy during the day despite 8-9 hours of sleep). Could this subside eventually?
Side effects usually: Subside in 1-3 weeks. If you take the medication in the morning and feel sleepy during the day, try taking it at night and see if that reduces the daytime sleepiness. If it does not subside your prescriber may reduce the dose for a while and increase later when the side effect subsides. If it becomes intolerable and does not subside then an alternative medication may be necessary. Best regards. ...Read more
Have a hard time getting out of bed. Can I take Bupropion 150mg-SR, Prozac (fluoxetine) 20mg, Caffeine pill 100mg at once without food first thing in the morning?
Yes: Yes but it may cause stomach upset and nausea. Only take meds if prescribed by md ...Read more
My 11 years child has moderate anxiety. His Pediatrician wrote Prozac (fluoxetine). We are hesitant to use. Should we consult Psychiatric first. How safe is Proza?
Ok: Prozac (fluoxetine) is a relatively safe anxiety medicine that has been largely used for quite some time. Compared with other medicines, this is less addictive, less dangerous and more tolerable side effects. A face to face conversation with your doctor on why Prozac (fluoxetine) would be the choice would be recommended. A second opinion with a psychiatrist could also be beneficial. Good luck. ...Read more
Can diarrhea affect the absorption of my Prozac (fluoxetine)? I have bad anxiety and depression like I did when I first started it.
Which SSRI is best to treat Anxiety/OCD in children. I heard Prozac (fluoxetine) can increase it at first. Is it best choice for anxoius but not depressed but kids?
No SSRI is "best": Medication choices for children are limited. Prozac (fluoxetine) is one that has been approved for Pediatric use and can be effective for both anxiety and depression. A Child Psychiatrist is best equipped to evaluate and decide on the medication needed. The risks of certain dangerous side effects are greater in children and young adults. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Which would you try first for binge eating if wellbutrin (bupropion) didn't work. Prozac or Zoloft? Which has better results and which is safer?
I have insomnia and mild depression. I was just prescribed. 5 Klonopin and 10mg Elavil at bed time for sleep and 20 MG Prozac in the morning. My question is, since they are all 3 antidepr. Would you suggest I try Klonopin and Elavil first or all 3?
It depends upon:
Upon several factors, and without knowing more about you it’s hard to say. You may wish to speak to your prescriber and ask these specific questions.
Prozac and Elavil are different types of antidepressants, and Klonopin (clonazepam) is a benzodiazepine; none of them are specifically for insomnia, but may cause sedation which may be why you were instructed to take them at night.
Good luck! ...Read more
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
Why are you changing: How you are taking the dosage? Is it no longer working or experiencing side-effects? I may noy hurt but I would not change my dosage schedule unless it's ok 'd by the doctor. Since you been on it a while you don't want to disrupt your baseline. ...Read more
How long would it take for 5mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) to leave my system if I've been taking it for 5 weeks?
Prozac (fluoxetine): Is sometimes used on a temporary basis to minimize the affects of coming off other SSRI agents (yes there are SSRI withdrawal symptoms) Prozac (fluoxetine) is typically given in the 10-20 mg dose for this purpose for a 7-14 days. At 5 mg discontinuation after 5 weeks would require about 5-8 days. (depending on renal function) ...Read more
Could it be healthy to be on Prozac (fluoxetine) for at least 3 weeks and have the same problems as well as new problems?
Medication se: Yes. It can take a few weeks (even up to6) for patients to get used to any medication. If you suffer from side effects, please follow up with your prescriber to discuss them. They can help to determine if the symptoms are indeed from the medication, are expected or otherwise. ...Read more
Been on 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 3 months felt no side effects till 2 weeks ago is that possible?
Yes: Side effects usually start sooner than this, but can start after 3 months, certainly. ...Read more
Taking 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 10 weeks in the morning makes me very tired can I take a couple of hours before bedtime?
Took 20mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 8 months weaned off 6 weeks ago. Think I need it again will it take as long to take effect?
It could take 2 to 6: Weeks to take full effect.Get a more detailed answer ›
I fotgot to take my prozac (fluoxetine).for 2 weeks, I now am feeling anxious is this from forgeting my med. I have been on it for years?
Anxiety: Your list of conditions shows you have an anxiety disorder. Your increased anxiety may be for two reasons. The first is that you are no longer benefitting from the effect of the prozac. The second reason is that your body may having a reaction from abruptly coming off this medication. That can happen with the SSRI class of medications. ...Read more
After 6 weeks on Prozac (fluoxetine) for anxiety I feel better but far from noramal, is this the best it will get? Or will it continue to improve?
I feel awful three weeks into discontinuing my Prozac (fluoxetine) and another anti depressants. Is this normal and is there a way to alleviate it?
Is it normal to feel nervous sometimes when taking 20 mg Prozac (fluoxetine)? Like during a stressful week or when you have a lot to do for instance.
Prozac (fluoxetine) effects,:
Prozac (fluoxetine) can cause anxiety and nervousness.
“stressful week or lot to do” can also cause anxiety.
Discuss with Psychiatrist:
•Intensity of Symptoms when Prozac (fluoxetine) was started and now
• Diagnosis-Anxiety, Depression, or both
• Therapy for stresses of relationships, separations, school, work, and finances
• Decrease dose of Prozac (fluoxetine)
• Breathing Relaxation
• Visual Imagery
• Tai Chi. ...Read more
While tapering prozac, (fluoxetine) is it best to go from 20 to 15mg, then 10 and 5 and stop. Or going directly to 10mg and then zero after a few weeks.?
Tapering Prozac (fluoxetine).: Please do not stop your antidepressant without checking with the prescribing physician. Many conditions Prozac (fluoxetine) is used to treat tend to recur, especially if the medication i'd stopped too quickly. While it is often helpful to taper antidepressants, for Prozac (fluoxetine) this is not always necessary as it takes a week for half of Prozac (fluoxetine) and its metabolites to clear from your system and a month to fully clear. ...Read more