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Review by Thank you Prozac (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Prozac has changed my life. I've suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression since I was in my pre-teens. I've tried Celexa and Paxil, but couldn't sleep at all while using them. I asked my physician to prescribe Prozac on the advice of a friend and I've had amazing results. I started at 10 mg a day and increased to 20 mg a day after a month. I noticed that I was drowsy and unmotivated during the day when I took the medicine in the morning, so I switched to a bedtime dose and I haven't noticed any side effects since then. Prozac makes me calmer and much more in control of my fears. Others who didn't know I had gone on medication have noticed a positive change as well. I've been on Prozac for 4 months.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: I have had anxiety/depression since giving birth to my son in 2001. Panic attacks were really bad, I was put on Buspar, Xanax, Paxil. They did not work for me. Then I was put on Zoloft. It worked for approximately 10 years. Then it stopped. The panic attacks came back and the depression was terrible. I went to a therapist and a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist took me off of Zoloft and put me on Prozac and Xanax. I would say that it took about 4-5 weeks for 20 mg of Prozac to kick in and help with the depression. Then at week 9, the depression came back with more anxiety. The psychiatrist upped my Prozac to 40 mg 1 X daily. I feel that I am getting better. The depression is lifting, although I still have panic attacks once in awhile.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: I started taking Prozac 5 yrs ago due to a panic attacks. I then stopped taking it for 2 months, felt ok for the first 6 weeks apart from withdrawal symptoms. I have now started taking Prozac again as my depression has come back, my panic attacks are getting worse. I feel like can't leave the house and I cry all the time. I decided that I should try taking them again.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: What a life saver! And I mean that in the very literal sense.
I've now been taking 20mg of Prozac for about 18 days. The fist week was hell. I couldn't sleep, I felt more depressed, anxious and panicky than before. Nauseous and disorientated. But stuck with it. Only now that I'm starting to feel better, do I start to realize how incredibly unwell and out of control I've been for so long. I'm now starting to feel like I have my brain back and am in possession of rational thoughts again!
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I love Prozac. It really helped with keeping me relaxed and in a decent mood and severely lessened my need to feed the OCD. For some reason my doctor recommended that I should try Zoloft instead. For the first two weeks on Zoloft I had diarrhea and now after six months on it I am starting to have moderate to severe pain in my legs. My leg muscles always feel as if they need a good stretch.
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: Prozac has saved my life. I was unable to function normally and was very irritable. I have been taking it for 5 months and it is amazing. Other than not feeling hungry and feeling numb to things that formerly made me irate. I have had no bad side effects. I am finally living. Only wish I had the nerve to take it 10 years ago. I missed out on so much due to my severe depression.
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fluoxetine for Panic Disorder: I have been on fluoxetine for many years. I tried to switch to another medication, but found quickly most of them did not compare to fluoxetine. The only other two medications I have been successful with were Cymbalta, mirtazapine,and Seroquel. I took the Seroquel with the fluoxetine, but I stopped it about a month ago because of the weight gain and high risk of diabetes. I have gone back to the mirtazapine in combination with the fluoxetine and it is working just wonderful! I too have began to see what it is to live a life without so much sadness, worry and obsessive and compulsive thoughts and not wanting to live anymore. I wish all of you the very best of luck.
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: 7 months on this for anxiety and overall has been very effective. Significant insomnia, obvious decrease in libido. Back and forth on 10mg, then 20mg, and back to 10mg. I think 20mg is the best for me though. Recommend it but it does take a few weeks to level out and kick-in for sure.
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fluoxetine for Depression: Diagnosed with depression and started Prozac 2 weeks ago, have had one good day since. Libido has totally gone, feel zombie like most mornings, however very, very focused in the afternoon. Will continue with course, here's hoping it works.
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: I took Prozac for about five months 1989-90. I felt buoyant for the first six weeks, then less so. After three months or so, my mood was down and my fingers were stiff and painful upon waking. After four months, both hands and feet were in pain and did not function for an hour after waking. The condition persisted, in an ever-diminishing form, for five years after discontinuation of the medicine. I am told that my reaction was rare; nevertheless, it happened to me.
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: I have suffered from depression since I was 14 (I am 22 now). I've tried Lexapro and Celexa, but Lexapro was too expensive and Celexa quit working for me after a few months. Prozac has completely taken away all suicidal ideations (which I have had almost daily since I was 14) and has made life so much easier for me to handle. I can't believe that I have been missing out all this time! It's hard to believe that other people really live this way, without constant depression and anxiety, every day! I am so happy I found this medication. I did not know if it was possible to completely get rid of those thoughts. Amazing medicine.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: 5 weeks on Prozac. Have lost ten pounds (and needed to do so). Appetite remains but I finally know when I'm full. Cannot drink more than an occasional glass of wine, do not feel like drinking any longer. Energy up, anxiety down. I have agitation that I didn't have before, however sleeping 9 hours per night, but I always did that anyway. But sleeping more soundly. Sex drive is down (am female). Strange, detailed dreams. Feeling benevolent, but oddly detached and very happy. Still laugh a lot, but not interested in being creative very much.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: After 10 years of being miserable on Celexa and then Lexapro, I was switched to 40 mg of Prozac along with 400 mg of Wellbutrin. Within a week, my mood lifted greatly. It's like the world is in color again and I've actually got motivation to do what I need while feeling enjoyment in the things I like. I've also stopped some compulsive habits I had, such as picking at my skin. It's been almost a month and so far no untoward side effects.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: If it wasn't for Prozac SSRI, I wouldn't be able to function normally; probably just lie in bed and not know what to do... Long story short, this drug is a God send. I'm not even on a high dose but I can feel that it's helping me get back on my feet and live. My goal is that this will help not only live again, but stronger.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: Prozac worked for about a week or two. I felt very happy and pleased. I could handle my problems, and my suicidal thoughts went away. But now, every and anytime I'm sad, I have suicidal thoughts and they are worse than ever before.
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: Was always stressed and depressed and blew up on people I love, give Prozac 6 weeks, it changed my life. I've been on Lexapro and Cymbalta. On 40mg Prozac, couldn't imagine life without it, everything just goes my way now and I'm super happy, and can think clearly, but somehow am still myself, and with no side effects. It's amazing.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: I've been on a 10mg dose for 2 years and it has helped substantially. I had very bad anxiety (PTSD) and couldn't drive, and basically stopped eating. My heart would race and I just could not deal with the anxiety anymore. Taking this dose and having regular therapy has allowed me to get back to myself. I didn't have any side effects and I've never had to increase the dose. It is a really great medication.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Panic Disorder: I've been hesitant try Prozac as I didn't want to be a zombie or overly sedated. But after 5 years of dealing with Panic Disorder/Generalized Anxiety and countless antidepressant not working, I decided to give it a try. The first month was pretty rough. I was always tired, brain was foggy and I continued to have anxiety. But I stuck with it and after increasing to 30 mg, I felt absolutely NORMAL. I could feel emotions and even a normal amount of anxiety without freaking out. It has also helped with social anxiety. DOWNSIDE - I find it almost impossible to get any deep sleep on this medicine, and no sleep medicine seems to work (I've tried them all).
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fluoxetine for Anxiety and Stress: My doctor prescribed me this medication after I had been suffering in silence for almost 10yrs with extreme anxiety and depression. It has totally changed my life, my everyday thinking and my overall mind set. I no longer worry about my anxiety attacks and feel I can take on all the normal things in life. Things just keep getting better. I have no intention of stopping taking this medicine, as I went without for a few days a while ago and felt rubbish, with all the old feelings back. Its worked miracles for me, I just wish I had started taking it years ago.
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: I have been taking Prozac for two months. The first month I did not notice a difference but after 6 weeks I was not obsessing or getting angry and noticed I was more relaxed around other people. Being a shy person from the day I was born, I am still not interested in anymore social interaction, however I have noticed that I am now extremely tired on the Prozac which is debilitating and frustrating since I have an exam to write in 10 days and have no motivation to study. I have lots of energy when I am exercising so I don't think it's due to low iron or nutritional deficiencies. Went to doctor today and he recommended I stay on it for another month so the medicine normalizes in my body.
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: This medicine along with a 5HTP2 inhibitor helped lift depression in 2 months. I took Prozac after that for about 8 years with some break in between. When in depression a higher dose helps, for maintenance low dose was enough. If you don't see effects after 6-8 weeks at the high dose level, adding a medicine with a different action adding lithium at a small dose may help. This was the case for me. Brain is interesting and unique, but it is able to repair itself which is a great thing. It will get back to normal or even better with the right medicine. Don't underestimate the effect of adding exercise, fish oils, sunlight, social support, yoga and other healthy habits. Some of us have high maintenance brains, but it is totally worth it!
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I took Prozac for 15 years and it worked great for obsessive compulsive disorder! About 3 years ago I started noticing "mania" where I couldn't sleep or sit still to even eat. After seeing several different doctors who treated it with medication for ADHD or Bi-polar it was determined that it was a side effect to Prozac so I stopped taking Prozac and all the mania stopped. Google shows two side effects to Prozac are 1) can't sit still and 2) can't sleep at night. I wanted to share this unusual experience to help any others who may be experiencing mania and can't figure out why. If you too are on Prozac then it may be a side effect but check with your doctor.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: I am 19 years old, and I was on liquid Prozac for about 3 months. During the 3 months of Prozac, I found that I was more tired and unable to concentrate. I found that I was even more anxious when on this medicine, more depressed, and I gained a considerable amount of weight. Before Prozac I was 130lbs, then I was around 155lbs by the end of the 3 months. While on this, I had no energy, no motivation to move on with my life, or no desire to engage in social interaction. My sex drive had gone way down and I was not very interested in having sex. Now, I have been off the Prozac for about 6-7 months, and I am slightly more motivated, my sex drive has gone way up, but my weight is still the same.
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: If you're reading this, you're probably wondering the same thing I was....when will I get better? Feel normal again? Prozac has brought me my life back. I'm a 25 yr old
Who has struggled my whole life with clinical depression. You name it, anxiety, nervousness, paranoia. I take 20mg a day paired with 15mg of Adderall for my ADHD. I feel great and I can actually function now.
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