Also known as: Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Rapiflux, Sarafem, Selfemra
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: Started on 10mg while seeing a mental health professional (counselor) simultaneously. Medicine kicked in at about 3 weeks of treatment and got better when MD increased the dosage to 20 mg 6 weeks into treatment. It's been a consistent once daily oral capsule 20 mg for the past 3 1/2 months. Mood has lifted. Wakes up with clear thoughts. Lessened racing negative thoughts. Reduced anticipation of negative events and occurrences. Obsessive compulsive rituals reduced. Answer the phone with more ease and less concerned about making mistakes in front of people. Anxiety greatly reduced, lessened depressive thoughts. Definitely helps you to look forward to life. It works better to see counselor at same time so you can track progress.
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: I have been taking Prozac for a little over a year. I started out taking 20mgs then, switched to 40mgs 2 months after I starting taking it. It helped me with the feelings of worthlessness, feeling like a failure and my thoughts of taking myself out of the pain. I finally saw a mental health Dr who diagnosed me with severe depression and increased my dosage to 60 mgs a day. I feel much better and the little things don't send me over the edge like they used to. I do have side effects such as dry mouth, always tired, increased/decreased appetite and recently diagnosed with lichenoid dermatitis. My Dermatologist is encouraging my dr to change my psych meds. I am unsure on that; the Prozac has helped me to want to live.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: After trying several SSRI's and suffering horrible side effects, I was scared to try another. After doing a bit of research, I came across liquid Prozac and asked my Dr. about it. I have been on it for a week at 3mg and already feel better. I am slowly moving up to 5mg, but as of now, 3mg is working out just fine. My anxiety has lessened and I can focus and concentrate without my mind running wild.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: I started on liquid Prozac due to severe medicine sensitivities. This has been a lifesaver. I am currently on 2.5 mg and feel so much better. My doctor would like me to get to 5mg, I will, but it will be slowly. There is no one size fits all as far as dosage goes. If you're sensitive to medicines, think about liquid Prozac. Easier to control dosages, minimal side effects. Wonderful!
Review by JayhawkJourney (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: I started on liquid Prozac for anxiety and depression, so I could take a small amount due to drug sensitivities. I took it for two months. It did take a bit of the edge off my anxiety and helped with some of the aching from depression. I had to stop taking it because it gave me stomach trouble that got worse each time I took it. I probably would have continued longer if I hadn't had the stomach side effects.
Review by sadnewmom (taken for less than 1 month):
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: I gave birth to my 3rd child 8 months ago. I am not the person I used to be. Everything upsets me. I either cry all day or am mad at the world. I can't focus or concentrate on anything. I don't want to do anything and I finally gave up and went to the doctor for help yesterday. He put me on Prozac 20 mg/once a day. Today is my 2nd day. I'm praying that this helps because I can't live like this anymore.
Review by Rob From Daytona Beach (taken for 1 to 6 months):
fluoxetine for Anxiety and Stress: I have always had anxiety that would come and go for no reason. I thought that everyone had this. I just dealt with it. I would use drinking as a method to rid myself of it. Well, after dealing with it for thirty years I finally saw a shrink and he said I had OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), with Depression on top of it. He put me on Fluoxetine and my life changed over night. No more anxiety, no more terrible hunger pains. No more misery like I had been living with. It is like I am high on life. I love it, and I am so happy now. God bless my Doctor who finally listened to me. My family and friends just thought I was nuts when I told them I was depressed. They just thought I should get over it. I still count things and do OCD things, but, a lot less.
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: I started taken Prozac 20mg a day for nearly 6 years! I stopped taking them 7 months ago as I thought I didn't need them anymore, since I've stopped taking them I've become really agrophobic, really depressed, can't stop crying, I've just shut my self away. I'm thinking off starting Prozac again.
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Sarafem (fluoxetine) for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Sarafem should be in the water. Have suffered from depression my whole life. Never knew how bad it was until I started to take Sarafem. Started at 20mg I am at 40mg today. Have tried to decrease dose or come off completely, usually blaming weight gain & tiredness on it, but it was not worth it. Very little weight gain and my tiredness never went away. I have been on Sarafem for over 10 years. If anything it saved my marriage! Take each night before bed & have the script written for the brand name...there is a difference!
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: I was suffering from extreme anxiety and panic disorders, the smallest things would lead to a full blown attack, I couldn't sleep, eat or care for my young son. It was crippling. My doctor first prescribed Ativan and something with and something else, but I began feeling like a a zombie and was sick. I couldn't wake up. I stopped taking the medicine after a few days and returned to the doctor worse off than before. He then prescribed the Prozac and I noticed difference within two days. The anxiety was less severe and completely gone within 6-7 weeks. Side effects were drowsiness for the few weeks. I have been on Prozac now for 7 months and we are going to begin weening off of it in the next month or two. It was a lifesaver in my eyes!
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: Was on Prozac for 6 weeks and it made me gain weight and feel numb and apathetic about every aspect of my life. I stopped caring about my work performance, stopped wanting to see friends, had low energy yet trouble falling asleep, and had no sex drive whatsoever. The side effects were more depressing than my life was before.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: There was less side effects for me on Prozac in comparison to some of the other anti-depressants I have been on, which was great. I can't recall any side effects. I take Prozac it in the morning as it has a long half life and it seems to work better for me that way.
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Review by Sherri1336 (taken for less than 1 month):
Sarafem (fluoxetine) for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Been on the medicine for a week now. Had partial hysterectomy and have been going through menopause 8 yrs now. Ovary/hormone symptoms been tougher to deal with this past 2-3 months. One positive so far, appetite has decreased (usually increases at this time). Had been taking Viibryd for about 5-6 months now; told to stop taking it while taking this medicine; luckily no withdrawal since stopping Viibryd (knock on wood) depression has not worsened. Hoping that more positive things come of taking this PMDD medicine.
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Panic Disorder: I got severe depression in College, had it in high school as well and took some antidepressant that started with an L (I really can't remember). I started taking Prozac my 2nd year in college after my girlfriend broke up with me. It helped tremendously overcome the loneliness. The only problem I've ever had with it is my REM sleep. I didn't take my pill for 2 days over spring break this past week and had the worst panic attack I've ever had in my life I thought I wanted to die, it was the worst car ride I have ever experienced. As soon as I took my Prozac everything was better. I trust this.
fluoxetine for Anxiety and Stress: I am on flouxetine for more than 9 weeks now, 20mg/daily. It helped 80% with my social Anxiety, I wish I had taken it before. I was worried about things without reason before and blushing while I was talking with people. But now I feel more comfortable talking to people. I will continue taking it for a long time. I recommend it for anybody who suffers from social phobia.
Review by Lady Elizabeth (taken for less than 1 month):
fluoxetine for Depression: Fluoxetine for me has been amazing. I have only been on it now for 2 weeks, my doctor changed my medication from to Paxil to Fluoxetine after 1 month on Paxil as although Paxil helped with the depression and obsessive negative thoughts about my current situation and bad memories from my past, it made me even less motivated than I was at my most depressed point. On Prozac I have gone from a sad person who felt lonely and like life wasn't worth living to a "normal" person with "normal" thoughts. I have what I would consider normal motivation, I now shower, cook, do housework, sort bills/paperwork out without dreading it. I no longer dread going out. I have no more panic attacks or anxiety. I no longer want to sleep all the time. Thank you.
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fluoxetine for Anxiety and Stress: I have been on fluoxetine 20mg/d for almost 9 weeks. It worked well for my anxiety and Social phobia. Life is more meaningful for me now. I feel more comfortable and confident in my daily life. Side effects are insomnia, lessen libido. I highly recommend it for social anxiety and stress.
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: I started taking Prozac two years ago, and I thought it wasn't doing anything for me. So I cut cold turkey (which I do not advise because you could become very suicidal) and I did not take it for 6 months. Just about a week ago I started taking it again, and I have to say I feel so much better. I realized Prozac was working for me because I wasn't having intense feelings anymore when small things upset me. I was able to cope with them more. And now when I look back on when I was taking it years prior to my cut off. I remembered I did better than when I wasn't taking. I'm really pleased on this medication and I'm glad I take it. Yes I still get upset but I do not go from being a 1 to a 10. Remember its not a magic pill. It is only to help.
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