... "as needed"?
That goes against every medical opinion I have read in 30 years. You cannot take SSRI's as needed and your doctor is prescribing them like a placebo. I'm more than a little shocked by the doctor but have no idea what pressure/encouragement you put them under to prescribe something like Prozac for your issue.
Hi Gmjc. I can certainly understand why you are confused. As the other responders have indicated, typically when prescribed this medication you would stay on it every day and give this medication chance to build up a peak blood level which takes about 6 to 8 weeks. However, on the drugs.com website I noticed that for PMDD it suggests you use fluoxetine as follows:
To treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder, the usual dose of fluoxetine is once daily while you are having your period, or 14 days before you expect your period to start. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Since you have been taking it every day for quite a while now, I would not recommend just stopping the medication as you may experience some uncomfortable side effects. I think a phone call to your doctor might help you at this point. You need to get some clarification on how you should be taking this medication and, if you are taking it incorrectly, how to titrate it down so you don't experience uncomfortable side effects. I hope you get this straightened out very soon. Best of luck to you!
- Fluoxetine Information for Consumers
- Fluoxetine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fluoxetine (detailed)
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