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Doctor insights on: Will Prozac Help With My Anxiety And Phobias As Well As Depression

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Will Prozac (fluoxetine) help with my anxiety and phobias as well as my depression?

Will Prozac (fluoxetine) help with my anxiety and phobias as well as my depression?

Probably: I am careful when I prescribe Prozac (fluoxetine) for my patients, as it can be very strong, too strong for some. If you take too much, it can cause more anxiety. This is why, I never start someone on more than 10 mgs per day and then, I wait a month before I consider increasing the dose. Prozac (fluoxetine) lasts a very long time in one's system, dosage changes should be very gradual, start low, go slow. ...Read more

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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) help anxiety/panic as well as depression? I know it's a bit more activating than other ssris but wondering if it's still good for anxiety

Does Prozac (fluoxetine) help anxiety/panic as well as depression? I know it's a bit more activating than other ssris but wondering if it's still good for anxiety

Prozac (fluoxetine) anxiety: Prozac (fluoxetine) is still one of the best drugs for depression. It is also a great choice for obsessive compulsive disorder and bulimia nervous. Although it is not indicated for anxiety it may help in an indirect way but I would not take it if your only diagnosis is anxiety. Now days many have multiple diagnosis so it may be part of you treatment plan but not the first choice. Off label can be for panic ...Read more

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Is wellbutrin (bupropion) and prozac a good combination in addressing depression and anxiety?

Is wellbutrin (bupropion) and prozac a good combination in addressing depression and anxiety?

Use alternative: Unfortunately Prozac (while an awesome drug) can interact with quite a few medications. Usually the SSRI + Wellbutrin (bupropion) combo is a great and very commonly used therapeutic option for patients suffering with depression and anxiety. There are plenty of efficacious and safer alternatives. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I was put on 50 seroquel for insomnia by my psychiatrist as well as 10 mg Prozac daily for anxiety and depression. I started these meds two days ago. My anxiety is at an all time high now bc if the strange forced sedation with the seroquel. What can?

I was put on 50 seroquel for insomnia by my psychiatrist as well as 10 mg Prozac daily for anxiety and depression. I started these meds two days ago. My anxiety is at an all time high now bc if the strange forced sedation with the seroquel. What can?

Seroquel (quetiapine) s/e?: See your psychiatrist to assess for side effects asap. Seroquel (quetiapine) can cause a physical restlessness with pacing, "restless legs" type of agitation that is often mistaken for "anxiety." This side effect can be treated, but needs to be evaluated by your doc face- to- face. Ask your psychiatrist to assess for this side effect and if present to consider a lower dose or specific med to help with this. ...Read more

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Good day. I am male, 26 years old. My problems are irritability, low self-confidence, depression, apathy, shyness or social phobia, social anxiety.

Good day. I am male, 26 years old. My problems are irritability, low self-confidence, depression, apathy, shyness or social phobia, social anxiety.

Need evaluation: Your symptoms are a mix predominantly of depression and anxiety. You need a competent mental health evaluation including a thorough history to help clarify what underlies your symptoms. Consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Which is better for anxiety or depression. Celexa or prozac (fluoxetine)? Which has fewer side affects?

Which is better for anxiety or depression. Celexa or prozac (fluoxetine)? Which has fewer side affects?

It depends: Both medis are in the same class, so side effect profiles are similar. Both are good agents for depression and anxiety. However individual patient respond to meds differently. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Do Prozac and Lexapro (escitalopram) work the same way? Which one works best for treatimg depression and anxiety?

Do Prozac and Lexapro (escitalopram) work the same way? Which one works best for treatimg depression and anxiety?

SSRIs: Prozac and Lexapro (escitalopram) are ssris for the treatment of depression. Lexapro (escitalopram) is also approved for treating anxiety, panic, and ocd, as well as in treating autistic spectrum disorders such as asperger's. While both medications are similar, the molecules are still somewhat different. ...Read more

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Been on 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 6 months for mild depression and anxiety feeling better is it to soon to taper off?

Been on 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 6 months for mild depression and anxiety feeling better is it to soon to taper off?

Might be fine! But,: Always work w/ the Dr on the taper. They can be sure you are not running into w/drawal problems. You are wise to keep use short term if things have improved. I would urge CBT therapy to avoid problems returning via skills and mgmt. Good for you! ...Read more

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19 female just been prescribed Prozac (fluoxetine) for depression anxiety and bulimia. On day two feeling like I have tons of energy? Is this possible? Normal?

19 female just been prescribed Prozac (fluoxetine) for depression anxiety and bulimia. On day two feeling like I have tons of energy? Is this possible? Normal?

Contact your doctor: Having "tons of energy" on day 2 of Prozac (fluoxetine) can mean different things. One is that you're experiencing relief from symptoms. Another is that Prozac (fluoxetine) is triggering a hypomanic or manic episode -- and this needs assessment pronto. Nothing is wrong with having energy, but usually Prozac (fluoxetine) does not act quite that quickly. Please call your doctor and tell him/her what's happening with you. Be well. ...Read more

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Anxiety and depression have gotten severe and debilitating. Will soon be subscribed 40 mg for prozac (fluoxetine). Also in therapy. Do you think this will help me?

Anxiety and depression have gotten severe and debilitating. Will soon be subscribed 40 mg for prozac (fluoxetine). Also in therapy. Do you think this will help me?

On right track: Prozac (fluoxetine) is a good choice for treatment of anxiety and depression. Combination of medications and therapy has been shown to help in moderate to sever depression compared to medications alone. Hopefully you should feel better soon. ...Read more

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I suffer with crippling depression and anxiety. I take Prozac & have tried lex, cit, Zoloft (sertraline) etc & none really help. No one understands. What do I do?

I suffer with crippling depression and anxiety. I take Prozac & have tried lex, cit, Zoloft (sertraline) etc & none really help. No one understands. What do I do?

Get therapy also: Are you being prescribed these medications by your primary care physician, or a psychiatrist? Medications are only part of treating depression/anxiety, and psychotherapy is essential. Some psychiatrists do both, but more often people work concurrently with a psychologist or other therapist. If you haven't already, you might see a psychiatrist -- could be more helpful, esp in complex cases. ...Read more

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Is 10 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) an effective dose for anxiety and mild depression?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Some people may have an adequate response to 10mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) but many will require 20mg or more. ...Read more

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I've been on 10mg Prozac (fluoxetine) for 3 months for anxiety and depression. I feel better now. Will I get a withdrawal if I suddenly stop taking the medications?

Yes: Yes, it can be dangerous to stop ssri (prozac (fluoxetine) etc) suddenly. Best to taper off under your doctor's guidance. It will not take long. Hope you keep feeling well. ...Read more

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Does Lexapro (escitalopram) help anxiety along with depression better than prozac?

Not Necessarily: Some people respond to lexapro, (escitalopram) some to prozac. They are both equally effective for anxiety at high doses. ...Read more

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Can wellbutrin (bupropion) and prozac be used together to treat anxiety and depression?

Can wellbutrin (bupropion) and prozac be used together to treat anxiety and depression?

Sure: Could be very powerful combination because they are from different classes of medications; dose proportion of both med's is very important. ...Read more

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Is it true when starting Prozac (fluoxetine) that anxiety/depression can get worse before getting better?

Yes: Unfortunately, it usually takes 2+ weeks for the good effects of antidepressants to start, while side-effects can happen right away. Prozac (fluoxetine) is a relatively activating or stimulating antidepressant. It can worsen anxiety, especially at first. (in fact, if anxiety was a major problem, I might choose a different ssri in the first place.) the prescribing doc should help with any side effects. ...Read more

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Is there a non-medication that will make my Prozac (fluoxetine) stronger or make anxiety/depression lower?

Is there a non-medication that will make my Prozac (fluoxetine) stronger or make anxiety/depression lower?

Please don't mix: Natural meds/supplements w/prescription drugs. It changes the dose and makes it unclear as to what is working. Talk w/your doc. He/she may have some suggestions. Exercise and healthy diet is a better choice. ...Read more

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Can diarrhea affect the absorption of my Prozac (fluoxetine)? I have bad anxiety and depression like I did when I first started it.

Can diarrhea affect the absorption of my Prozac (fluoxetine)? I have bad anxiety and depression like I did when I first started it.

I doubt diarrhea: Would affect absorption of prozac (fluoxetine), (fluoxetine)unless its profuse diarrhea right after you take it. It may be that the prozac (fluoxetine) is no longer working for you. Talk to your Dr about this, especially if the diarrhea persists. ...Read more

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I'm 17 I have depression+anxiety and I wanna know how (much) should I take prozac (20mg) cz I lost my paper & my doc's traveling. I remember 1tab/day?

I'm 17 I have depression+anxiety and I wanna know how (much) should I take prozac (20mg) cz I lost my paper & my doc's traveling. I remember 1tab/day?

Dose for your: Medication is printed on the label on your prescription bottle. Please follow that and don't change the dose w/out seeing your doc. Please consider seeing a mental health profession for therapy as well. That combo gives the best results. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Which works quicker and is better for anxiety and depression: Prozac or Celexa? I was on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 2 years and it stopped working.

Which works quicker and is better for anxiety and depression: Prozac or Celexa? I was on Lexapro (escitalopram) for 2 years and it stopped working.

Antidepressant Medic: Your emotional Health is Precious!
Lack of good response of Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression while taking for 2 years indicates that you will benefit fro therapy
to undestand stressors causing depression with feelings of sadness, crying spells, hurt shame, guilt, resentment, frustration; how to overcome these feelings.
Prozac and Celexa will not help as they are in the same family of medication as Lexapro (escitalopram) ...Read more

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Would there be any efficacy in taking 10 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for anxiety/depression I am extremely sensitive to all medications/antidepressants?

Low dose Prozac (fluoxetine): If still symptomatic and if normally medication sensitive it's reasonable to start at a low dose with the goal of titrating slowly to a standard therapeutic treating dose to get optimal results. Some even use alternating dose days. For example 10-20-10-20. If unable to tolerate would consider alternative medication or an adjunct to the Prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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Sudden loss of appetite. No other symptoms. Anxiety/depression has been under control for 3 years with 10mg Prozac (fluoxetine) rx. Could it be a new side effect?

Sudden loss of appetite. No other symptoms. Anxiety/depression has been under control for 3 years with 10mg Prozac (fluoxetine) rx. Could it be a new side effect?

Not likely: Nothing is impossible w/ side effects for psychotropics, but not likely. However, you might be ready to try to taper off Prozac (fluoxetine). I hate the idea of forever for a drug like that. If you've not done some therapy, you might want to try a bit to feel secure as you get off the meds. Best! ...Read more

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I am currently taking 60mg of Prozac and 5 mg of zyprexa (olanzapine) for severe resistant depression and anxiety disorder. I've been on both for 2 months and it ha?

I am currently taking 60mg of Prozac and 5 mg of zyprexa (olanzapine) for severe resistant depression and anxiety disorder. I've been on both for 2 months and it ha?

Early treatment: In some cases it can be challenging to find a medication combination @ right dose that resolves all symptoms. 2 months is early in your course of treatment with these medicines, and you may yet improve further. Your psychiatrist will want to know how you are so that needed adjustments can be made. I hope you're also in psychotherapy at least supportively, because this can help a lot. Good luck! ...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


Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Phobia (Definition)

An irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a strong desire to avoid it. Such fears can be considered anxiety disorders or symptoms characterized by unnecessary avoidance of a situation out of fear. Avoidance is the hallmark of a phobia. And, avoidance serves as a sort of ...Read more