Prozac (Fluoxetine) - Feeling 'unreal' after three days?
- 4 Dec 2014 by AnneofGreenGables
- 7 Dec 2014
- prozac, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, fluoxetine, sertraline, anxiety and stress, reaction
HI all :)
I have Struggled with M.E., Severe times of depression, anxiety and Obsessive Thinking (OCD).
After 3 cases of Serotnin Syndome/adverse drug reactions I was taken off my Sertraline and Amitriptyline. Reboxetine and Nortriptyline landed me in the Emergency department. So they slowly started me on Sertraline (Zoloft) again. It helped but after irregular heartbeats they swapped me straight to Prozac. This process has been over 2 1/2 months and has been very hard.
At first after starting the 20mg of Prozac, I felt calmer and happier and the OCD thoughts were better. 3 days on and I feel like I'm not quite real. I am living life through a screen-door. It's not quite what I'd call depersonalisation but halfway there.
I am in some ways quite peaceful and in others just suddenly getting irritable and restless. I suddenly got really uncharacteristically irritated at my husband for singing and wanted to yell or run way.
I have heard from many others that it's worth staying on Prozac as it starts to work after 10 days to a month??
Can anyone help me with their own stories or knowledge please?
It takes a minimum of 2-3 weeks to settle in, sometime 4-6 weeks. Dosage changes also require that time, so it;s best not to make any changes until the current dosage has settled in.
As for what "others" say, how it works for YOU is all that matters.
Your symptom of "living life through a screen-door" struck me as a good way of describing the principal symptom I have dealt with for several months now: a continuous inability to achieve full wakefulness, otherwise described as cloudy consciousness, fogginess, grogginess, a veil or thick cobwebs between me and the visually perceived world. This principle symptom is not cognitive (not about thinking clearly or ability to concentrate) but rather a physical sensation. It also involves enhanced discomfort in conditions of bright light. It has been hard for me to explain this symptom clearly to doctors, so I wonder if my description strikes you. I was free of this condition, which my doctors have called a form of dysthymia, on 20 mg of Prozac (brand) for about 16 years. Neither Prozac nor other antidepressants, however, have been helping recently. My current psychiatrist and I have discovered that I have a serious vitamin d deficiency. I am now taking a supplement and trying to get midday sun exposure. My earlier history with this problem suggests that vitamin d might be a factor here, though it takes a long time to correct the deficiency.
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