i just started taking prozac about 4days ago. ive never been on any medication before. ive just been depressed lately and cant seem to get out of it. since starting prozac ive had headaches and am very tired. i just feel pretty out of it and dont have energy to do anything. is this going to go away or would i just be better to stop taking it?? thanks for your help!!
It can take a few weeks for it to significantly help with your depression, you didn't mention how much they started you on. If it is more than 10 mgs, you may need to go down to the lowest dose and move up if you need to. Each person is different but usually it gives you some energy, call your dr tomorrow and discuss the fatigue and headache. I hope you feel better soon. Patti
You are experiencing common side effects of the Prozac which will subside with continued use so hang in there. It may take a couple of weeks for the side effects to complete resolve and another couple of weeks for the Prozac to reach maximum effectiveness so don't give up hope yet. Give it a month, if you don't feel better by then, you may have to try a different antidepressant. Different antidepressant work for different people. It is not a one size fits all deal. Unfortunately it is a trial and error sort or process. Hang in there and give it time.
it is completely safe just to stop taking it after 4 days. either the symptoms will continue to get better or will worsen. Like LaurieShay said, it's not one size fits all. i had a friend who had to stop it after 2 days because it made him want to put his fist through a wall. the depression part you're talking about is the only major concern i have... there are side effects of antidepressants that actually cause worse depression, and this is when you need to notify your dr. immediately. i would recommend either zoloft or pristiq if you want to change meds. all meds, especially when you're sensitive to medication period--you will feel the effects at first. use your good judgement and definitely talk to your dr.
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