I was on Effexor XR 112 mgs for 6 months, when I developed my anxiety again. The Dr. upped the Effexor but I got severe blood pressure. So he took me off Effexor XR - horrible drug.
He then cross tapered me to Prosac starting with 10 mgs with the Effexor. Gradually I was able to get off Effexor. I have now been on Prozac 20 mgs for almost 5 weeks. I am not feeling good. I asked the Dr. if I could up to 40 mgs and he said I could. Does Prozac take longer to work than other SSRI. Is this normal? Thank you.
Does 'not feeling good' mean anxiety or depression or both are present? If you're having anxiety, you may need a medicine just to handle your anxiety. The Dr. may be trying to avoid anxiety medicine but it's possible you need it in addition to the SSRI. Prozac is the gold standard of antidepressants and should be working by 6 weeks' time. We are all unique in how we respond to drugs, so you could be the exception that takes > than 6 weeks. Get back with your Dr. by the 6 week point and see what s/he recommends.
We all have blood pressure or we wouldn't be alive. "Severe" can mean high or low. I suggest you change "severe" blood pressure to "elevated" or "high" BP so others here can understand you clearly.
We all react differently to anti depressants. I did well on Effexor and it suited me but Prozac did not suit me at all and I was so ill with the bad side effects had to stop it within 3 weeks. I hope you withdrew from the Effexor slowly because if you did not you may still be experiencing withdrawals from it. What you are experiencing now could well be withdrawals from Effexor and starting Prozac and your body is a bit confused at the moment. Hopefully things will gradually settle down. Must be difficult to be on two anti depressants. Give your body time to adjust.
I am sorry you thought Effexor a horrible drug, but then I feel the same about Prozac. Just a matter of how our bodies react to them. all anti depressants take 6-8 weeks before you feel the full effect so you should be OK soon.
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