... Wanted to stop since I wonder if it is still helping me. I occasionally feel depressed but nothing like before Prozac. My concern is I have been on prozac for greater than 30 years. Does it get better or is this a lifetime problem? I have been off one month and now I am feeling irritable, angry and mild anxiety. Are these side effects of stopping? Should I go back on prozac or will these go away?
21 Aug 2010
I also took prozac but only for ten years, I remmember when I stopped the med, nothing happanend .-Thank God.-
You are not looking at side effects or long term ones... you are experiencing withdrawals from not taking prozac.
Every medication has, well, obviously benefits , side effects ( which appear when treatment begins) and withdrawals symptoms( they manifest once you have stopped the use or discontinuation of prozac in this case).-
Certain Prozac withdrawal symptoms can include,
irritability, agitation ,dizziness, burning ,or tingling sensation ,anxiety confusion ,headache ,insomnia ,tiredness.
In most people, these symptoms improve with time, without the need for any treatment. In fact, Prozac is probably less likely to cause withdrawal symptoms than other SSRI antidepressants because it stays in your system for so long. Even if you stop taking Prozac quickly, the level of Prozac will slowly decrease in your body over time.
Now if you decided to discontinue prozac, it must be for a very important reason, after using it for thirty years.
The withdrawals will go away but you will have to be patient, again I believe it is not healthy to stop a med , then feel bad and start taking again.
I am not judging you , it is my own personal opinion.
Now if you feel you must get back on it discuss this with your psyachiatrist, see what he / she recommends, and together make a schedulled plan to get you back on prozac.-
21 Aug 2010
Hello... I am not an expert on this subject by any means, but I've been working in the medical field (neurology) for over 11 years (not a doctor or nurse). One of the most common mistakes with patients that take any kind of mood stabilizing medications is that they end up stopping it because they feel better, and therefore believe that the medication is unneccessary. You have stated that it was helping to some degree- " I occasionally feel depressed but nothing like before Prozac". Since you have been on this for a long duration of time, you might just need an adjustment of dosage by your physician. I don't know all of the medications that you are on, but I have read that Prozac is sometimes used in conjuction with a medication called olanzapine (Zyprexa) to reap it's full benefits.
Or you may need to be switched to a different antidepressant all together, everbody is different and it takes trial and error to find the right medication and dosage that is helpful for you as an individual. There are also other modalities that can be introduced like excersise, maybe accupuncture, physical and psychological therapies, and lifestyle changes including eliminating/reducing stressors. It's definitely not wise to stop this, or any other med without the supervision of your doctor (or without their knowledge). Please make an appointment asap with your doc and discuss this with him/her. Cessation of antidepressants by the patient's choice happens too often... and sometimes with a bad outcome. Best wishes...
21 Aug 2010
To quote a 60s saying... "If it still feels good doit"! [I added the "still"] It's that simple. When it no longer feels good , wean off it... and from Sacosam's "For what it's worth dept"! on weaning off something... a short time & yer hurtin'... a long time & yer happy! been there, done that. I'm comin' down off Sertraline after 8 or 9 yrs. It was a good run and it helped me a lot but the ol' body says time to change directions! Sacosam
22 Aug 2010
HI, I have been on prozac 60 mg for a very long time, several years, and I am planning to stay with it but I am interested in how the weaning goes. I also take wellbutrin XL to amplify the prozac and Lamictial as a stabilizer. Please let me know how you do, I may have to wean one day and all the info I can acquire is an asset. Good luck to you and stay in close contact with your health professionals. Tige
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