My doctor had added Fluoxetine to my Adderall XR for symptoms of anxiety/OCD. I had been stable on Adderall XR 20mg for 2 years, but I needed to control my obsessions/anxiety thoughts per him. He started me on fluoxetine 20mg QAM. I felt fine for the first couple of days. By the 4th day, I was feeling pretty tired and would take hour long naps. I didn't research and do some internet searching until a few days later, then I went to him, and we agreed to stop the Fluoxetine after 6 days of being on it. I had taken 20mg * 7 pills by that stage. I had also been having a lot of diarrhea and stomach growling while on it too. It's been 4 days since I've last had it, and I still feel headaches, stomach acidity, and the feeling of being tired. He said I don't need to taper it since my dose was so low. But I was wondering, how long do these side effects persist? I understand that the metabolite is an active compound too. I can't study or do anything because of this.
I have been popping excedrin to get me through the day.
Fluoxetine added to Adderall XR-miserable side efffects after 1 week?
- 10 Jun 2015 by greenpak07
- 11 June 2015
- adderall, adderall xr, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, fluoxetine, anxiety and stress, doctor, symptom
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How to Relieve Prozac Withdrawal Symptoms
In most people, symptoms of Prozac withdrawal improve without the need of any treatment. For those people who suffer from these symptoms, here are some relief methods they can try.
Consult Your Prescribing Doctor Before Quitting. If you want to quit Prozac, make sure you first talk to your doctor and understand the process so that you can avoid as many negative symptoms as possible.
Tell Others Your Situation. One of the biggest mistakes people make is keeping quiet about their symptoms. Don't be afraid to reach out for help if you need it.
Eat Serotonin-Boosting Foods. Prozac is used to treat anxiety/depression by increasing the amount of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a mood-regulating drug that has a calming effect. If you're suffering from Prozac withdrawals you can try eating more foods that are high in serotonin so you can almost get the same benefits (but probably not in the same quantity). Foods that help you maintain the optimum serotonin levels include spinach, lentils and whole grains. Foods that help release serotonin include carbohydrates like oatmeal and foods with amino acid L-tryptophan like turkey. Last but not least, foods that help your brain receive the serotonin better are foods that are high in monounsaturated fat like avocados.
Try Depression- resisting Foods. Another easy method to reduce the symptoms of Prozac Withdrawal is by eating foods that increase your energy levels and fight off depression. Foods that are rich in magnesium like almonds and spinach can help you fight stress and anxiety. Other depression fighting foods include: bananas, milk and other dairy products and mushrooms.
Keep an Exercise Routine. Exercising helps significantly. Not only is regular exercise recommended for many major health benefits, but it can help ease Prozac withdrawal by treating stress and tension. Set aside some time for exercise and relaxation every day.
Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, Sugary Foods And Drinks. When you're trying to reduce Prozac withdrawal symptoms you should definitely limit the amount of foods you eat that can affect your mood. While caffeine and alcohol help lift your mood for a short while, they have bad side effects to your anxiety/stress and depression levels, not to mention both encourage insomnia. See below for the types of food you can eat to help reduce your symptoms.
Change Your Dietary Habit. Changing your dietary habits can have a big effect on your level of depression. Research shows that individuals who eat large meals are more likely to suffer from depression and exhaustion. On the other hand, individuals who eat several, smaller and healthier meals throughout the day are more likely to have higher energy levels throughout the day.
Use Herbs. Some herbs can also ease withdrawal symptoms, such as ginseng, polygala, citrus, and fu-shen. These herbs help by boosting blood flow and also soothing your nerves, which are two of the most common withdrawal symptoms reported.
The Prozac, at only 7 caps for a week @ 20 mgs. should be well on its way out of your system, but I would call your doctor if you do not feel better / have lessening of side effects, etc. yet.
Also, did he suggest another SSRI or similar medication to try next? Lexapro is one of the more stimulating ssris in its class, and I've had great success taking with that with Adderall for years.
I do believe Celexa is really helpful for treating anxiety and OCD issues (I took it for a few months over a decade ago for symptoms of the same type of issues you described). It was a life-changing medication for me. Having tried most of of the SSRIs (I was not a good candidate for Paxil), Effexor XR, and Wellbutrin. Zoloft also worked great with Adderall for me regarding the aforementioned issues & felt much less 'foggy'/fatigued on it in comparison to Celexa. Of course, it all depends on the individual but I just thought I'd suggest at least talking to your doctor about trying a different antidepressant.
Best of luck!
Prozac (fluoxetine) is one of those meds that leaves the body relatively slowly. It has a long half-life. So it takes about 2 weeks for it to completely leave your system. Not to sweat though, you'll gradually feel better as it does.
Thank you guys. He did not suggest another SSRI. But to be honest, I am just mostly concerned about the fogginess going away and the adderall being blunted. The adderall worked wonders for depression so I really don't want its effects gone.
It took about a week for me to feel better after stopping. Hang in, I don't think it will be much longer for you.
I quit taking Adderall xr2 when I started taking Wellbutrin (supposedly they interact). I no longer take Wellbutrin so might start Adderall again. You were stable on Adderall for 20 years. Were you able to take it everyday?
And the Prozac fatigue should leave any minute.
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