I read great reviews about Prozac and how it has changed lives... I also hear that its nothing more than placebo and the real effects of it aren't any better than your own mental effects. Is this true?
No, I don't believe that Prozac is a placebo. It affects the serotonin levels in the spaces between brain cells which can alleviate depression and anxiety for some people. We are all different so what works for one may not another. It takes upwards of a month or so for this medication to reach max effectiveness so be patient. Don't be too alarmed if you experience some side effects in the beginning, these generally subside in the first couple of weeks.
There have been been excellent results with Prozac but is not the be all end all anti-depressant it was originally touted to be. You need to read at least 10 studies on it to get the whole story.
Originally it was claimed to have up to 20% effectiveness compared with the placebo group (a very well selected sample). Later studies have found those figures unreliable and one study showed it to be 8% less effective than the placebo. Published studies this year have shown SSRI's should be contra-indicated for social anxiety due to the mode of action.
- Prozac Information for Consumers
- Prozac Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prozac (detailed)
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