For the past couple of years iv been depressed and anxious all the time, a couple of time iv been the doctors and refused because i never wanted to be labelled, Iv been on them now for 3 days, obviously not change just yet but iv bot had any side effects or anything, and was just wondering if its normal:)
Hi, Leanne! Prozac has been marketed for several decades and has been proven effective for the majority of people for the treatment of depression/anxiety. Not every medication works well for every individual but Prozac is a good place to start. Give it 3-4 weeks to really start feeling it's effects and 6-8 weeks to reach optimum therapeutic blood levels.
BTW, there is no shame involved here; no more than being *labeled* a diabetic or a cancer patient. Mental illness has emerged from the Dark Ages and is a recognized disease.
Good luck and best wishes to you! Wildcat
Prozac was one of the few antidepressants that I missed out on taking through the years. Several of my friends "jumped on the bandwagon" many years ago when it was the new drug on the block. They deemed it a wonder drug... till months later when they started reporting their side effects that were such that most of my friends either immediately, or eventually, quit taking it. The side effects I remember that were common amongst this group of women were insomnia, bruxism (grinding of the teeth till they developed major dental problems), and the No.1 complaint among my "group" was... WEIGHT GAIN. And I'm talking about a significant amount of weight, such as 20 to 30 pounds. I was not willing to risk that kind of weight gain. So I never tried that one.
But, as other posters here have stated, Prozac and its generic, Fluoxetine, have given relief to millions of people through the decades. You never know how one is going to work for you until you give it a try. Good luck!
- Fluoxetine Information for Consumers
- Fluoxetine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fluoxetine (detailed)
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