... high bp, brain fog) that was prescribed for Ibs, anxiety and some depressive symptoms, I’ve started up Prozac. My doc put me on 10mg and I’m on day 12 now. Initially increased anxiety, lurking panick attacks, after a couple of days I wanted to cry, especially in the mornings. Later in the day that would subside. Yesterday some of that suddenly lifted and continued until the morning. Now anxiety has come back. Is it common to have these ups and downs? How long do they last? Do I need a higher dose first? Doc wants to wait until 4 weeks to either increase dose or switch to Lexapro.
My doctor prescribed me Prozac to help me discontinue Paxil, which caused too many ill side effects. Prozac eventually turned me into an anxious zombie. I could not focus and accomplish much. I’m on Cymbalta now, and experiencing good results. I hope it lasts! I know the Cymbalta product label (prescribing info) recommends restarting Cymbalta if one experiences withdrawal symptoms, which seems a bit ridiculous as a solution. I had a similar experience stopping Effexor, which is similar to Cymbalta (SNRI). I found that Celexa was pretty effective at minimizing my Effexor withdrawals, without major side effects. Everyone is different though. It’s taken me 6 years of antidepressant trials, which were miserable, to find an effective medication. Be your own advocate and press your doctors with full information on what you’re going through and politely and consistently request a solution. I kept a journal of what Effexor did to me. Maybe you could do the same, to present to your doctor.
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