Yesterday was my 3rd day taking 20mg of Prozac prescribed by the doctor for depression and major anxiety and panic attacks. I am 19 years old. The first day was okay, couldn't sleep well but that's all. 2nd day was good but woke up feeling anxious. Went to the restroom and had a panic attack. Upon awaking I instantly felt anxious, my chest felt really tight and tingly so I hopped in the shower and it went away. 3rd day on Prozac was really good. I had tons of energy and wasn't real anxious during the day but then came night fall. I fell asleep just fine but woke up 1 hour later and had the same symptoms as night 2 but worse. I dont know if this is just a normal side effect and if it will go away but it's really unpleasant and I hope it goes away. Does anyone else expirience this?
Hello Socalhunni19. Yes, it is normal and will go away. Your body is adjusting itself to the Prozac, and you'll possibly be feeling these type of side effects for a bit longer I'm afraid. They usually ease up the longer you remain on the drug and more often than not disappear completely. Insomnia, anxiety, irritability are common side effects. It will take roughly a months time for the drug to work at its full theraputic ability. I hope you find Prozac a success and helpfull drug to be on. Best of wishes,pledge
Hi, i just want to agree with Pledge's answer. It will take a while for you to settle with the Prozac, it could be up to 4 weeks, but you may settle before this. As with most/all anti-depressants, you usually find that you feel worse before you feel better. Not great i know, but if you can bare with it, chances are you will eventually feel a lot better. If at ANY time, you feel very distressed, please contact you doctor, and don't try to deal with it on your own. As Pledge has said, i hope this medication works well for you. I used to take it when i was your age, and it definitely made life easier for me : )
Because of my Doctors concern for the symptoms you are describing he put me on Trazadone at night and I never had the night time trouble you are describing. If I am not mistaken Trazadone is for anxiety, however, it was hard to shake myself out of the sleepiness in the morning.
Yes, I agree with the people who have already posted, that these are symptoms that are not unusal for individuals starting an antidepressant. But I would like to add one caveat, I think I would at least call my doc and let them know about the changing symptoms you are having. One has to be especially vigilant when beginning a new med of this type becaue if you are depressed, this medication can cause what I like to call "the rubber band effect". This needs to be watched for carefully as, while one may feel the depression start to lift, you may start to do and feel the exact opposite of depression and get really happy, called mania or docs may have another name for it (ultimate happiness?). That is what happened to me and my doc told me he needed to know how I feel, and if I am having any problems to call him, he even gave me his home phone number (I thought that was really nice, too and I did call when I needed to).
I am 56 now and was first diagnosed major depressive disorder when I was 13 years old, so I've been around the block, as so many other wonderful people on here that will try to help you.
And we all need our sleep. Sleep deprivation in itself causes a whole mirasmus of unpleasantness. The longer we go without a good nights sleep, the more sleep deprived we become, and with me anyway, the more depressed I become. I really hate that. So, I think talking to your doc is the first thing I would want to do. Maybe the doc will want to prescribe you something for those aweful anxiety and panic attacks (I used to think my heart was trying to jump out of my chest or I had just finishd running a 100 mile marathon all uphill... sweaty, then chills... aweful).
Communication between the doctor and you, the patient, is most important, especially right now, as you are trying to be stabilized and have all of your symptoms dealt with as they arise. How can the doctor help you if you don't tell him/her everything that is going on with you, what is changing, what is getting worse and how you are sleeping. So, please call the doctor's office and tell them (at the office and get the person's name when you talk to them) that the doctor NEEDS to know this about you and you are a NEW patient on NEW MEDICATIONS). I'm being emphatic because it is important.
Go Forth and Prosper and Peace Out,
The Sweetest Roundish Happiest Crazy Hippie,
PS Write me anytime, I have walked many miles in your flip flops!
I feel prozac right after I take it. Onthe 30th day it stops working. I stop getting high off it. Like clean tweaking. You can't sleep but sometimes it feels good laying there. Its a drug . keeps you occupied . I don't recommend it you'll get nerve pain in your legs but it does help get over night stress seasons. It Makes your teeth clinch like drugs. When it stops working they'll up your dose... Then the anxiaty gets worse... Good luck bro
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