my son-who currently takes 0.5mg resperidone twice a day and 30mg of concertia a day is now about to be prescribed prozac to help with anxiety and recent aggresive behavior towards others, which can be spontaneous.he has been assessed as having ocd. i am very worried about the possibel side effects and his young age. can anyone out there tell me of any similiar situation in their experience? many thanks
Hello allbetter. I have a friend whose daughter has been on prozac several years. I believe that she was seventeen, at the time and is now in her early twenties, and still on it. So its been at least five years. Her diagnosis is ocd. Her dose is now 20mg a day. It works or has the same effect on the chemical of the brain serotonin. I know that people who have ocd respond well to prozac. It does take four weeks (as a general rule) to begin to show it working, results rather. Falling asleep, insomnia is one of the usual complaints. I understand your concern, but I believe that under a drs. care, supervision, which I know that he is now, I think that it will help him control his compulsions, meanig the prozac. The interaction of the three medications I think will be a good combination. You didn't mention the amount of prozac to be given so I imagine it to be perhaps 5mg, monitering and so on. Well allbetter, try and not to worry.
I understand your concern, and the aggression, hostility will dimish, lessen with the prozac. I once was on zoloft, almost identical medication, same drug family, for I also have ocd. Remember, its such a draining thing, the rituals and compulsions, and being a early teen, is most certainly upsetting to him, and of you, and the family. best of wishes, think positive please, he has support from you, and you can post here, to your hearts content, for there is always someone, to lend an ear, and to just be here, so you know, you have support. You are not alone, most certainly not.
Of all the possible medications for OCD, Prozac is a good choice for someone of this age. In fact, I know of much younger people taking this medication. There are some risks involved. Just watch him for adverse effects or behavior and report any concerns to the doctor asap. Is your son receiving psychotherapy along with the drug therapy? Might be a good idea particularly given his tendency toward aggressive behavior and while he adjusts to the new medication.
Hi, i was prescribed prozac when i was 13, and continued taking it for several years. It helped me a lot with depression and self harm. I never felt fuzzy headed or had any other side effects from it and when i decided i was strong enough to stop taking it in my late teens it was very easy to wean off. I hope your son has as good an experience with it as me.
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