Should i go up on my dosage?
How long have you been taking Prozac? It usually takes 1-4 weeks for patients to start noticing any improvement. If you have been taking it longer than 4 weeks and your conditions seem to have worsened, then I'd definitely talk with your doctor and see about adjusting the med or see if he wants to try you on something else. Hope this helps.
Prozac will help with the OCD and Depression, etc. 40 mg. is a low dose. But they always start low with that to watch for side effects. At your next visit your Dr Im sure will up your dose. I started out on a low dose and I'm now on 300mg. But it may be that you need to try a different med. In the begining of any of these drugs I think it's a lot of trial and error. But I would also think that you should be on something like Klonopin or Valium or Xanax, that's what the typical treatment usually is for anxiety so you can relax and calm down when you have the anxiety coming on. But I would assume that because it will relax you It might help with the OCD.
behavioral and exposure therapy helps alot. my therapist is doin the EMDR theapy with me. it sucks at first, cause it makes ya 'relive' the crap that brought my life to the sucky place its at now, but gettin over that part and into the next stages. meditation helps alot. distraction too , when ya find yourself goin to that 'crappy' place, you must distract immediately, thats is REALLY helpful to me, although, sometimes its good just to let it all out... anxiety is horrible, especially when it comes on for no apparent reason... i know, belive me ! chewing gum also helps me, cause ya gotta actually move your muscles and that sends good chemicals to your brain ( dont ask me which ones though, i cant remember )lol... hope this helps :)
I'm also having a tough time getting something to relieve my anxiety. I don't have constant anxiety, but when I get it, it comes on immediately and I need instant relief which I found that xanax works best for me too. It seems that most doctors won't prescribe that long term because it can be addictive. My doctor just prescribed me .5 mg klonopin "as needed" that is a joke because it idoes not give the instant relief I need at that point. I even tried taking 2mg and it did not help. I'm told that It is something you need to take on a regular basis for it to work. But he told me that you can also get addicted to that and I researched it online and it appears to be true. I'm going to see a pyschiatrist on Tuesday because my primary doctor has exhausted everything he can for me. Hopefully he will be able to help me find something for the anxiety. I will keep you posted!
hi friends, i am so glad i found this spot, just reading and trying to help with some answers has brightened my day a bit. i'm not on the meds you take, but my newest combo workes most of time. right now i'm really in the sucky place you talked about. this is almost like therapy to me. i live in calif. and on ssi/medi-cal. the state no longer covers mental health, therapy, so i bet you can guess where i'm at right now. i know what people mean when they say nobody understands. if you have never battled depression,you can't know what it feels like. you can't just pull yourself up by the boot straps, as the old saying goes. oh, do i wish i could. hope you dont think i'm being a wimp, but the last few days have been very bad for me and noone to talk to that understands, so thanks for reading this and please feel free to e-mail me anytime,bye
I have read the responses and see you got some good questions and information. I would add, it is very important to communicate with your doctor about how you are feeling, and of any changes since being prescribed prozac. Has your anxiety and/or OCD increased? Do you have depression with anxiety? Do you know the cause of the anxiety and OCD? Something you can do is keep a journal of how you feel during the day and what triggers your feelings. Once you recognize your triggers, it will help you get control over your life. I know that it is frustrating to try to explain to someone else what it is you are feeling. I suffer from chronic pain, and I struggle with explaining to a doctor or anyone just how excruciating my pain is. A good medical professional would have discussed with you the issues raised in this chatroom before even prescribing the medication.
Along with medication, therapy is vital for recovery. Too often, people are just prescribed pills without proper tests or evaluations and not given additional resources to improve quality of life. If your doctor isn't listening to you, then address your issues with your therapist. Remember, you are the consumer and you're paying for a service. If you're not satisfied with the service, then maybe you need to look for another doctor. And if you are experiencing severe side effects, you may need to seek emergency medical care. There are great support networks throughout the country to help advocate for patient's rights, such as NAMI. Some states have warm lines that provide free phone counseling and support. Your therapist should know about resources in your area that you can access.
Good Luck, and Best Wishes.
I think you guys ALL gave great advice here on this question! I really like to see these types of responses. I realize that we all aren't going to solve anyone's problems, BUT I think it's awesome that people can rally around one another here and talk with complete strangers about their problems. Believe it or not, I think simply by listening (reading) and responding to one another in this community that we are doing good for someone somewhere. I want to encourage all of you to keep coming and being supportive of others that you can relate to. Sometimes, just knowing that we aren't alone in something is big relief. Kudos to everyone!
I would speak to my psychiatrist first. How long have you been on prozac? If it's been several weeks (4-6) it might not be the right drug for you. Sometimes a doctor will increase to what they feel is a "theraputic" dose- but leave that up to them. Try to stay away from adding on Xanax or any benzos as they are highly addictive and can actually worsen depression. I have a friend who takes Zoloft (she has a mild OCD condition) and it's worked well. My doctor gave me Anarax which is a histhimine that has a calming effect and is non-addictive. Please read Change Your Brain Change Your Life by Daniel G Amen, it's very infomative. Also remember, to all of you who have depression, you can't just pop a pill- therapy is also needed, especially Cognitive Behavorial Therapy. Our constant negative thoughts or traumatic events can affect our brain chemistry.
Learn better ways of coping and don't try to "tough it out" seek help when you need it! Just make sure they're qualified- google depression/cognitive therapy and write the centers for a qualified therapist in your area. Some will do a sliding scale if you don't have insurance. Also highly recommend Louise Hays "You Can Heal Your Life" on dvd.
"If you can correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place." Lao -tzu
I also was on 40mg of prozac for four years. My anxeity got out of control. I was also crying all the time. I finally switched medication, it was for the best. There is better meds out there that might help you with your suffering. The hard part is finding the right ones. Good luck I hope this helps.
i will tell u what helps me which i have heard nobody mention and that is ativan it works pretty quickly and is not as addictive as xanax.you can also get the tablets that dissolve under your tounge for quick action i have to have them for seizures..klonipin is a slow acting benzo and it last longer but the ativan would get to you quicker
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