I have never taken this particular antidepressant. I need positive input on this medication please?
Is anyone currently taking Prozac, with positive results?
- 18 Mar 2017 by InquiringMindz
- 12 April 2017
- prozac, depression, panic disorder, major depressive disorder, anxiety and stress, antidepressant, medication, antidepressants
Added 18 Mar 2017:
Wellbutrin has always been my go to AD. Do any of you support group members (esp. those who have been thru the ABC's of antidepressants) have any advice for me concerning Prozac? (I've tried most of the others in the past). Thanks
Hello G Mc. This particular subject can get drawn out and complex and even downright contentious, so let me give you the basics. First, the positives. Prozac is tolerated quite well by a significant portion of patients taking it also--a positive depending on which particular way you need/want to go--Prozac can help with weight loss and all its desired effects. Additionally, the withdrawal symptoms are quite less and also less strong when compared to other SSRI's. It can take 4 - 6 weeks before one sees a positive clinical effect--that's waisted time if you don't get good results by the end of the 6th week. I have never done well on trials of Prozac. I get little antidepressant effect and almost no cessation of anxiety. Prozac is the quintessential; characteristic drug of it's class. Indeed, it was the first SSRI marketed and approved for use in the USA.
Some people get stuck on that "back to basics" way of thinking but there are much better SSRI's and SNRI's with significant relief of symptoms--1 - 3 weeks--and a better tolerance profile. I personally take Effexor and I noticed it's effect quickly and--to my utter relief--the complete loss of my General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) as well. I'm not saying that you will get the kind of results I did from the medication and unless you have a major contraindication for starting Effexor, I would say at the very least to start a different; newer in class drug. In theory each new drug in its class is "supposed" to have worked out the chinks-in-the-armor, so-to-speak, of drugs that have come before and while this is not ever a sure thing the risk-vs-benefit profile is favorable on the side of the benefit. Other drugs to consider: Paxil; Pristiq and Trintellix. I hope this helps you... As always, my best to you G Mc. >> Ray.
I was recently switched to Prozac after Lexapro failed to sustain a beneficial result in my mood. Over a period of a year, I was gradually increased to 30 mg. Following each dosage change I would feel the positive effects for about a week, then I would revert to the negative side. My doctor said that every individual reacts differently, and that there are many other SSRIs out there. I understand that it takes an average of 4 to 6 weeks for the Lexapro to work, and I am only 2 weeks into it, but I do feel a subtle improvement in my overall mood. Hopefully, this is a sign that the Lexapro is going to work for me. I hope this helps with your decision.
Dear Gm c - I took Prozac about 8 yrs ago and my doctor had told me that a lot of people feel so much better that they do more, hence, weight loss for them. I was on it for 6 weeks and packed on 30 pounds. I was so stressed over that weight gain it overcame any positives I reaped. Remember we are all different and can react differently to any med. The best thing with any new med is to give it a chance to work, don't rule it out too early or you will never know for sure if it could have helped you. Prozac is like a coin w/ 2 sides,
some people get the good side effects, others the other side. It is worth an honest to goodness try. Good luck, and best wishes, Chelle
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