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Withdrawal Stopping Prozac
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
Is there tapering off procedure when stopping 6 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) in Children if he took it for 3 weeks only. Any withdrawal symptoms?
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?
No withdrawal: You are not likely to have withdrawal symptoms from prozac, (fluoxetine) because it's an extremely long-acting medication. In essence, it tapers itself - and at times is even used to help taper from other ssri's. Please ask your doctor about this. In an earlier question you mentioned your doctor had told you to stop the medication, but you didn't say why. ...Read more
Didn't have Prozac (fluoxetine) for a week until yesterday. Today is my 2nd day of being back on it & I still have the withdrawal effects. When will they go away?
You are lucky you: don't take Paxil or Effexor, (venlafaxine) as they are known to create even more havoc than Prozac. Prozac has a longer half-life, and seems to take longer to work its way into your system. These meds interact with the nervous system at deep levels, so be patient. The actual anti-depressant effect can sometimes take up to a month to fully manifest. ...Read more
If you run out of prozac, (fluoxetine) how long do you have before you get Prozac (fluoxetine) withdrawal?
It depends.: Prozac (fluoxetine) has active metabolites that have similar effect as prozac (fluoxetine). These breakdown chemicals will attenuate withdrawal effects, theoretically delaying withdrawal, if any. These effects may be present for several days to as long as two weeks. Make an effort to promptly renew your prescription and contact your physician. ...Read more
I have been on Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mgs for 2weeks then went down to 10 mgs for 1 week then stoped it how long untill I have no more withdrawal symptoms ?
Not long: Actually at that dose for that amount of time i am surprised you had any at all. It should resolve soon. ...Read more
Will decreasing prozac (fluoxetine) from 80 to 60mg cause withdrawal? On PZ for OCD 3 mnths total, at 80 only for 1 mnth. No S/E at 60, lots persisting at 80
Maybe a little: Of all the SSRI medications, Prozac (fluoxetine) has among the lowest risks of SSRI withdrawal syndrome (mostly consisting of dizziness or light-headed spacey feeling). That said, any SSRI dose reduction might cause some people to experience withdrawal syndrome. The risk of significant withdrawal issues is lessened with short exposure (e.g. only one month) at the higher dose. ...Read more
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