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

Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
10 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. John Hanna
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Brain chemistry
Very simply there are three basic chemical messengers in the brian.
Dopamine ( which controls the motor aspects of the body ), noreepinephrine, ( which turbocharges, or eat or be eaten ), serotonin, ( which allows you to sort out, select, and then by staying calm, allow you to problem solve ). Durig times of stress you use up serotonin, then you use norepinephrine. In healing can get worse.

In brief: Brain chemistry
Very simply there are three basic chemical messengers in the brian.
Dopamine ( which controls the motor aspects of the body ), noreepinephrine, ( which turbocharges, or eat or be eaten ), serotonin, ( which allows you to sort out, select, and then by staying calm, allow you to problem solve ). Durig times of stress you use up serotonin, then you use norepinephrine. In healing can get worse.
Dr. John Hanna
Dr. John Hanna
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Dr. Danny Westmoreland
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Everybody reacts differently to the ssri class.
If you trust your doctor and agree with their treatment plan then i feel this is a safe medication for most people when properly diagnosed.

In brief: Yes
Everybody reacts differently to the ssri class.
If you trust your doctor and agree with their treatment plan then i feel this is a safe medication for most people when properly diagnosed.
Dr. Danny Westmoreland
Dr. Danny Westmoreland
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