Okay, another thing I'm contemplating is trying to take my Fluoxetine at night instead of the morning. I did this also when I was taking Cipralex (a.k.a. Lexapro/escitalopram) and it worked better for me, as if I'd take the Cipralex in the morning, I'd end up having to work my way through feeling sunken in below my eyes and really drowsy for a number of hours. So, I slept through those side effects when I took it at night. Bothersome side effects I'm still (after 4 weeks) having on the Fluoxetine: Lump in throat; feeling really cold after an hour of taking it for a few hours; aspirin taste in mouth that lasts most of the day; no appetite etc... When I first started taking it, I felt very drowsy and yawned a lot. So am thinking maybe I should give it a whirl and take it at night. Read differing opinions on this as well. Most sites say you should take it in the morning; a couple suggested taking it at night if you feel drowsy on it. It's strange, I feel both jittery & drowsy on it. Has anyone 'out there' ;-) taken Fluoxetine/Prozac at night instead of the morning; if so, why, and did that work better for you? Or anyone with an opinion/information about this particular question by all means feel free to share your insights -- very much appreciated!!! Annie B. (very curious as she wants to feel better as quickly as possible!!! )
16 Feb 2013
Hi. I used to take lexapro at night because that worked best for me. When I was switched to fluoxetine I started out taking it in the morning but never felt like I was awake during the day- on the edge of falling asleep all day. I switched to taking it right before bedtime and it seems to help me get to sleep, stay asleep for most of the night, and wake up feeling less groggy. My pdoc said it could be taken morning or night.
16 Feb 2013
Hi hunny, first of all, i think you need to inform your doctor about your loss of appetite and feelings of hypothermia, just they are listed as side effects you should report. Yes you can take the Prozac at night but i think you may notice the positive effects more if taken in the morning. But sure, give it a try, no harm in it. Let me know how you get on? : )
18 Feb 2013
Hi. It was recommended by my doctor to take at night because of potential drowsiness.
The effect lasts 24 hours once it is built up into the system. That is why it takes time for full effect. The body slowly holds more and more until it is being used all day and night by the body. It is replacing chemicals your brain is not making enough.
Night and day do not make a difference except when first starting. At least that is what I was told. It has been my experience on any SSRI.
20 Feb 2013
As long as you're taking it at the same time every day, it really doesn't matter what time of day you take it. I tried Prozac years ago but started having an allergic reaction to it so I had to stop taking it. From there, I took Celexa, was on that for years until it quit working for me on the max dosage, then I was on Lexapro for years. I stopped taking that a couple years ago because I felt that I no longer needed it and haven't had a problem being off of it. I actually had the opposite problem, if I took it at bedtime, like it was first prescribed, it kept me awake all night, so I started taking it in the morning with my morning meds and I was fine, I didn't have a problem with it making me tired in the daytime (well, no more tired than my usual daytime tired self, lol). I always thought it was common for doctors to prescribe anti-depressants to be taken at bedtime because of how common the drowsy side effect it for people.
It's even rather common for anti-depressants to be prescribed as sleeping pills (which obviously would be pointless for me). That's how I was prescribed every anti-depressant I've been on, which were prescribed by different doctors, and that's how my sister was prescribed to take them. I don't ever recall anyone I know ever having them prescribed to be taken in the morning. But yeah, they really can be taken any time during the day, the time of day that would be best for you with your individual reaction to the drug and the best time of day it would be taken in regards to how you react to it. If it makes you drowsy, taking it at bedtime will likely improve your sleep, too, so added bonus there, as better sleep leads to better daytime wakefulness.
In regards to the yawning, that may be a tic from the Prozac. Every anti-depressant I've taken had "yawning" as a side effect, a yawning tic. I don't know if it goes away or lessens after time or you just stop noticing it. I recall it being super annoying at first and then either it lessened or I just stopped noticing it.
20 Feb 2013
Hi Annie. From all I've read, there doesn't appear to be a certain time of the day to take Fluoxetine/Prozac. Most say am. You really need to talk to your doc. Some say that Fluoxetine stays in your body so long that it doesn't make any diff regarding sleep. I'm not pleased with this answer because there's not enough info on line for me to give you a direct answer. I pray someone will be able to give you a more substantial answer. I want you to know I care.
God bless you with strength and direction.
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