Also known as: Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Rapiflux, Sarafem, Selfemra
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: I started taking Prozac about 2 & 1/2 years ago after having a horrible bout of dry mouth with Celexa. Did some research and asked the doctor for Prozac. I felt much the same as I did on the Celexa without the side effects. No weight gain but no loss either. As one of the other reviewers stated I felt "neutral" (neither happy or sad). It did help with anxiety and stress but after about a year and a half I once again developed severe dry mouth. I started taking my 20 mg dose every other day to reduce the side effects but ended up with swelling of my face and tongue. I am no longer taking this but would still recommend trying it. Thought I would do ok without medication but will be making an appointment tomorrow to get something new.
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Depression: I really like this medicine it's only been about 3 weeks and I'm feeling good, but for the last 2 weeks I have had a bloody nose everyday. So I have decided to stop taking it as of today and ask my doctor for a different prescription
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: They bumped me up from 20mg to 40mg. I have strong depression and anxiety. But this is a great medicine for anxiety. I do not think I will need Klonopin anymore.
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fluoxetine for Depression: Just started taking 20 mg/day. Mine is for all my medical issues and that can be hard to handle sometimes when you are always in pain. I hope it helps with the hopelessness I feel now. I'll keep you posted.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
fluoxetine for Anxiety and Stress: I've been on Prozac on and off throughout my life. I've been on it now for 6 consecutive months and I must say that anxiety is a thing of the past. I don't want to kill myself all the time either. I also am less impulsive (I smoke a lot though). I do tend to have trouble feeling emotions sometimes. This medicine is very powerful yet it seems subtle or unnoticeable while I'm on it, but the periods that I go off it, I can easily see its dampening effect on the mind because things become really clear - perhaps too clear.
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fluoxetine for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: I have been taking fluoxetine for 3 months to treat sexual obsessive compulsive disorder and I felt 100%. There has been no thoughts of wanting to be a women. I can think and feel that it is the best medicine I have ever tried.
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Review by chandlaaz (taken for less than 1 month):
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Panic Disorder: I've been taking Prozac 20MG for 3 weeks now. It has changed my life. I take other meds (Xanax 1MG, Depakote 1000MG, Norco 10/325MG, Nexium 40MG) For other problems. Well I take the Xanax 4 times a day as needed to help with my anxiety and panic disorder. My Panic attacks were so bad I was hospitalized for a week. I couldn't function. I suffered unknown seizures because of panic disorder. Now I can Go about my Life. The only problem I have with Prozac is that it makes me go to the bathroom very often. The first few days it made me sleepy but that went away. I'm 16. It also helps depression too, its helped mine a lot. I would recommend this to anyone who suffers from severe anxiety like me.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Prozac (fluoxetine) for Anxiety and Stress: I am starting my 3rd week on Prozac, 20 mg daily. I feel like a new person and am so grateful. I agonized over this choice for weeks, but after 6 months of unbearable anxiety and sadness, then skyrocketing blood pressure, I knew I had to do something. I visited my GP - we did the physical, blood tests, etc. to rule out other factors. It turns out empty nest beginning menopause have done a number on me. The medicine made me feel nauseous, sleepy, like being on cold medicine. On the 10th day, my appetite returned! I don't notice side effects at all anymore. The sadness - 97% gone. The anxiety - 75% gone. I also start visits with a therapist in 2 weeks. Again, I'm grateful to get my life back.
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Sarafem (fluoxetine) for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: My OBGYN gave me this for Premenstrual dysphoric disorder and it took me a while to actually take it because of the stigma that goes along with taking Prozac. I WISH I had taken it sooner as it has made such a difference. I have more patience, I don%u2019t get angry as much and am happier than I have ever been. I originally was prescribed it for 14 days a month (2 weeks before my period), but it has been so helpful that I am taking it every day. I take 20mg in the morning.
The first couple of weeks I had a hard time sleeping. I would wake up in the middle of the night and couldn%u2019t fall back to sleep. That went away and I have no other side effects.
I know so many people who should be taking this. Someone mentioned that it should be in the water and I agree!
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Prozac (fluoxetine) for Bulimia: So I've been on 20mg Fluoxetine for three Weeks, and I never thought I'd ever go a day without binging again/purging. I feel happier, my relationship is so much better. I can go to family BBQs and focus on them and not the plentiful food. Some cons are: delayed or nonexistent orgasm, low libido, yawning. How I look at it is I was much to depressed, hating myself, and bloated from bulimia to want to have sex anyway! At least now I feel much better in my own skin, and I'm so rarely bloated, when before I couldn't remember the last time I wasn't bloated. I was insecure in EVERY situation and in all clothing. I suffered for a long time,and to see how much relief I've gotten from just 20Mg of this tiny pill is a miracle.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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