I've been on fluoxetine 20mg for about 11 days now. I have panic disorder and I constantly feel like I'm always about to have another panic attack any second and I've been like this for about 4 months now. I'm not feeling any kind of a difference ever since starting the medicine, even though I keep telling myself that it takes a while for it to help. I'm super impatient partly because I don't wanna feel like this anymore, when will I get better??? Thanks.
How long for Prozac 20 mg to work?
Question posted by anijan13 on 25 May 2017
Last updated on 27 February 2021
I share your feelings. I’ve been on Prozac 20mg for four weeks now. I think the panic feelings are lessened but anxiety is still prevalent. I can force myself to do some things at home or quick outings, but tire easily. I’m using clonazepam to take the edge off. Not back to feeling normal yet... hope one day soon.
I was on lexapro for 3 years and it stopped working. Weaned off them very slowly but ended up with severe discontinuation syndrome. I am now on 20 mg of Lovan and the syndrome has disappeared thank goodness. Im on my 4th week and my depression is definitely better. Way more energy and increased mood. Except my anxiety/panic disorder is out of control. Is this normal? Everyday I am fighting the anxiety and constantly have panic attacks. Does this improve with time? Has anyone else had similar experiences? Any information will be greatly appreciated! xoxo
Prozac should work a little faster than other SSRI's but I'd wait until no less than 3 weeks before I wrote it off. The thing about Prozac is its stimulating for an SSRI but has been shown to help Panic Disorder and pretty much everything in the anxiety and depression spectrum's. Maybe you need to ask about a benzo or Hydroxyzine as they work immediately
Hi, anijan! I know how you feel and I'm sorry you have wait. Some people report improvement sooner but rule of thumb it takes the majority of people four to six weeks to enjoy the benefits. These drugs just don't work like an aspirin where you take it and get almost instant relief. Also, be aware that as with most antidepressants anxiety levels can increase when you're first starting out.
Try to be patient ~ Prozac is very more quick-acting and an excellent medication for anxiety/panic disorders.
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