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Are there withdrawal effects from stopping prozac (fluoxetine)?

Are there withdrawal effects from stopping prozac (fluoxetine)?

Potentially: Ssris can have discontinuance sx--dizziness shocks in brain flu like sx--prozac has such a long half life you seldom hear pts complain. ...Read more

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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


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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?

Usually: Usually SSRI anti-depressant meds such as Prozac (fluoxetine) should be tapered gradually unless there are severe side effects. Stopping suddenly may cause an increase in anxiety, depression, and other sx. Talk with your doctor about the exact timing of the tapering. ...Read more

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Been on Prozac (fluoxetine) for 5 days. 20mg. If i go off it will I have withdrawal?

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

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Took 10mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 9 days then stopped will I have withdrawal issues?

Took 10mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for 9 days then stopped will I have withdrawal issues?

Prozac (fluoxetine): You should not stop Prozac (fluoxetine) abruptly but should discontinue according to a protocal your doctor is aware of, consult him or her as soon as possible so you don't have any unwanted side effects. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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

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If you run out of prozac, (fluoxetine) how long do you have before you get Prozac (fluoxetine) withdrawal?

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

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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

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

Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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