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What are the long term effects of Prozac?

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What are the long term effects of Prozac?

Prozac was the very first medication I tried in 1995. Luckily for me, Prozac worked wonderfully. It cleared up years of depression and dysthymia. I had minimal side effects. It takes a good 6–8 weeks to fully work. I took Prozac for 4 years and then stopped taking it when I got pregnant.

When is the best time to take Prozac?

Hang in there, be sure you follow up with doctor and work with a therapist. It is the real way out of this malaise. I actually advise you take the prozac at night and the wellbutrin in the morning. The prozac will help you sleep better while the wellbutrin will wake you up. I usually wake up about 6 am every morning to take my wellbutrin.

When to take Cymbalta or Prozac for chronic fatigue?

I take 300 mg a day. I also take cymbalta to relieve the pain. Give it a shot… i feel it is one of the better anti- depressants for chronic fatigue. Are you taking it before you go to bed? In the morning is a tired day. Side effects go away slowly, but you ought to be better after a couple weeks or so and much better than now.

How much weight have I gained on Prozac?

Before I started taking Prozac I watched a lot of videos on the internet of people who have also taken it. The most common symptom that they all talked about was weight gain / weight loss. In the six months I have been on Prozac I have gained 12 pounds.

What are the long term side effects of Prozac?

With the widespread use of Prozac for the treatment of depression and other conditions, there is concern over the long-term effects that may result from this antidepressant. While Prozac is not considered to be addictive, many side effects can result from overuse or withdrawal, including: Nervousness. Insomnia.

What are some facts about Prozac?

Prozac (fluoxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. Fluoxetine affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Prozac is used to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder),…

How long is Prozac good for?

One should stay on Prozac at least 6 months, and possibly up to 10 to 12 months. If, at that point, everything is stable in their lives, they can taper off and see how they do. Some people, however, may need to be off and on the drug for quite a while.

Is there a cure for anxiety with Prozac?

So you’ve probably heard that Prozak could be one of those magic pills that just may put an end to your anxiety disorder once and for all. How much truth is there to prozac for anxiety and depression though? I’m here to put an end to all the confusion, and questions you may have concerning Prozac for anxiety and depression, so let’s get to it!

What’s the average rating of Prozac for depression?

Prozac has an average rating of 7.0 out of 10 from a total of 375 ratings for the treatment of Depression. 62% of those users who reviewed Prozac reported a positive effect, while 19% reported a negative effect. “I’ve finally found the right anti depressant. At first Prozac made my anxiety worse, just for a few weeks.

When do you start to feel better after taking Prozac?

“I was told on Prozac I would start to feel better about my depression after 1 to 2 weeks. During the first and second week, I felt really good. But after the third week, I was worse than before I started Prozac. I started self harming, and my relationships (especially with my boyfriend and family) suffered” What this helpful?

Is Prozac primarily supposed to treat depression or anxiety?

Prozac is mainly used to treat major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder (of which are approved uses by the Food and Drug Administration) but is also sometimes used off-label to treat other anxiety disorders.

Physiological effects: The long term use of Prozac has been associated with damaging changes to the brain and/or improper brain development. Some research has shown that the use of SSRIs , such as Prozac, has been associated with movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease [4].

Does Prozac help with anxiety and depression?

Prozac, or fluoxetine, is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor ( SSRI ) and a widely used antidepressant. It is considered safe and effective in treating depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and bulimia.

Is Prozac a good medication?

Prozac is a good medication for depression and anxiety. You may experience some mild side effects when you first start taking such as drowsiness, headache, nausea and diarrhea. These side effects will subside with continued use.

Why did my Dr say not to give me Prozac?

Years ago when I had horrid depression and anxiety, my Dr said he would like to try me on prozac, however, he said, because my anxiety was out of control he wouldn’t do it due to many people experienced high anxiety with prozac.

How to deal with high anxiety after taking Prozac?

Give it a few weeks to see how you’re feeling, and if you are still dealing with high anxiety talk with your Dr. A lot of people find prozac to be a good A/D for them.. best of luck with it. Hi, it is quite common for patients to suffer this side effect initially.

How does fluoxetine work as an antidepressant?

Fluoxetine (Prozac) works as an antidepressant due to its ability to make serotonin more available in the spaces between neurons, and is one of few type of drug known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). Other common SSRIs are sertraline (Zoloft) and citalopram (Celexa).

Can you decrease Prozac from 20 mg to 10 mg?

In your situation, where you are decreasing your Prozac dose from 30 mg to 20 mg, your doctor may recommend simply dropping down to that new dose, without tapering. In fact, it is difficult to taper Prozac by 10 mg or less, as 10 mg is the minimum dose increment commercially available.

What happens on the 3rd day of Prozac?

Yesterday was my 3rd day taking 20mg of Prozac prescribed by the doctor for depression and major anxiety and panic attacks. I am 19 years old. The first day was okay, couldn’t sleep well but that’s all. 2nd day was good but woke up feeling anxious.

How long does it take to taper off Prozac?

Tapering may not be necessary with Prozac due to the long half-life. I have been on 30mg of Prozac for two weeks, I was increased from 20 to 30. I felt good for ten days, but then became very tired. We are dropping back down to 20 mg. How long will it take for me to get back down to 20 mg?

How long has Prozac been on the market?

Sharing the Research: When patients ask about the long-term use of antidepressant medication, the truth is there really isn’t any. Prozac has been around since the 1980s but published long-term studies of antidepressant medications range from 3 to 15 years.

Can you come off Prozac after 20 years?

I have recently come off Prozac after being on it for twenty years. For the first year, it was a lifesaver. Then I tried to come off it…and, twenty years later, here I finally am. I DO NOT wish to scaremonger anyone who has just started taking Prozac. It can be a lifesaver – it was for me, but I never intended to be on it for half of my life.

When did I start taking Prozac for depression?

I have been taking Prozac since 1993 after a second depressive episode occurred postpartum. As both a doctor and a patient, the experience has been life-changing and has given me unique insights into the world of mental illness. In the beginning, I was told I’d likely be on Prozac for about a year.

What’s the best advice for someone on Prozac?

The best advice I have for children and adults who need to explore medication is to read evidence-based summaries, talk to others who take medication, and realize that Prozac and other antidepressants are a tool. Depression is not a one-size-fits-all illness, nor is the treatment that addresses it.

Which is the last day of 10 mg Prozac?

Today is the last day of 10 mg. Tomorrow I’m bumped up to 20 mg. A little nauseous but much better than the last 2 days. I did get my workout in today. Week 1 is done. Overall the first few days were much better than the last few days. I experienced the exact opposite with Lexapro. The first few days were the worst ones.

How long has Prozac been in my system?

I started off with Prozac 10mg for the first 6 weeks and then went up to 20mg. I’ve been on it for a little over 2 months now and I feel amazing.

How old do you have to be to take Prozac?

Prozac (fluoxetine): “I am 34 and I have experienced severe anxiety and depression since I was about 12 years old. I started off with Prozac 10mg for the first 6 weeks and then went up to 20mg. I’ve been on it for a little over 2 months now and I feel amazing.

“I was told on Prozac I would start to feel better about my depression after 1 to 2 weeks. During the first and second week, I felt really good. But after the third week, I was worse than before I started Prozac. I started self harming, and my relationships (especially with my boyfriend and family) suffered” What this helpful?

What are the side effects of Prozac for depression?

This medication Prozac has been so helpful. Apart from yawning I’ve had no other side effects. More energy, more productive, calmer and a little more confident. I’ve only been on it a month and after the first week I felt so much better.

Sharing the Research: When patients ask about the long-term use of antidepressant medication, the truth is there really isn’t any. Prozac has been around since the 1980s but published long-term studies of antidepressant medications range from 3 to 15 years.

When to increase Prozac dose for major depressive disorder?

Major Depressive Disorder. After 1 week at 10 mg/day, increase the dose to 20 mg/day. However, due to higher plasma levels in lower weight children, the starting and target dose in this group may be 10 mg/day. Consider a dose increase to 20 mg/day after several weeks if insufficient clinical improvement is observed.

How old is your child when on Prozac?

Any advice or input from those of you who have had children on Prozac is most welcome and appreciated. Hi there, I am so sorry for you and your 10 year old son. Sounds like you’ve been dealing with this for much longer than myself as my son’s anxiety started around age 7.

Prozac was the very first medication I tried in 1995. Luckily for me, Prozac worked wonderfully. It cleared up years of depression and dysthymia. I had minimal side effects. It takes a good 6–8 weeks to fully work. I took Prozac for 4 years and then stopped taking it when I got pregnant.

Can You take 40 mg of Prozac a day?

I was on 40 mg of Prozac a day at one point. And it did help, it took about two weeks for me to feel better. However everyone is different. And medication does not work the same in everybody. Because our bodies are different. However after awhile at that dose I became very hyper.

Major Depressive Disorder. After 1 week at 10 mg/day, increase the dose to 20 mg/day. However, due to higher plasma levels in lower weight children, the starting and target dose in this group may be 10 mg/day. Consider a dose increase to 20 mg/day after several weeks if insufficient clinical improvement is observed.

Can you take Prozac for half your life?

I DO NOT wish to scaremonger anyone who has just started taking Prozac. It can be a lifesaver – it was for me, but I never intended to be on it for half of my life. I wish I had the information I had now, all those years ago so I could have weaned myself off it sooner.

Why did my daughter stop growing while on Prozac?

The reason I started researching this topic is because of the timing. It appears the growth stopped occurring the same time she started on Prozac for severe OCD/anxiety about 3 years ago. We are waiting for an appointment with a pediatric endocrinologist to rule out any possible causes but my gut tells me it’s the prozac.

How long has my best friend been on Prozac?

My best friend has been on and off anti-depressants, including Prozac since her early twenties. I’ve watched her personality change, sometimes for the better, more often for the worse, depending on your perspective. I do worry, especially with her doctors varying the depressants frequently what the long term life effect will be.

How many milligrams of Prozac can you take?

Prozac was one of the early ones and was very effective…for a while. I started at 40mg, went to 60mg finally to 80mg until it was clear it wasn’t working anymore. For the past three years I’ve been under a great deal of financial stress which is about to come crashing down on me.

How often should I take Prozac for depression?

A dose of fluoxetine is typically taken once per day, starting with the lowest possible dose and increasing, with physician or therapist supervision, as necessary. Prozac Weekly can be taken once per week.

How long does it take Prozac to get rid of fluoxetine?

This means that it could take up to a full week after you’ve completely stopped taking Prozac for your body to rid itself of just 50% of the fluoxetine. Based on the 2 to 7 day half-life, it can be calculated that complete systemic clearance of fluoxetine is likely to take anywhere from 11 to 38.5 days after stopping.

When do you start to feel withdrawal symptoms from Prozac?

Assuming you fully quit taking the drug, you may start to notice Prozac withdrawal symptoms slowly emerge within 2 to 4 weeks after discontinuation. Though Prozac is considered among the easiest antidepressants to discontinue due to its long half-life, it also stays in your system for a long time after stopping.