My therapist prescribed me 10mg Prozac for my anxiety. I have had horrible anxiety for years and have finally gotten so sick of it I decided it was time to get help. However, after reading about all the size effects I am terrified to take Prozac. I tried Celexa for about 4 days, but it gave me the most disgusting metallic taste in my mouth so I stopped taking it. I have a phobia of throwing up and I am so scared the Prozac will make me sick I can’t get myself to take it! Has anyone else been afraid to take it/ had a good experience with Prozac?
Well, first off, stop searching for Prozac side effects. :) You are psyching yourself out and I get it - it’s the anxiety talking. But, just try to have an open mind and see how the medication works for YOU. Remember that people are going to post more negative than positive experiences online. A reaction they have doesn’t mean you will have it. Give it a chance. It can take 6-8 weeks +/- for these medications to really start to work. So I suggest, if it is bearable, to just tough out the initial weeks. BTW note that your doc can give you a benzo to help get you through the start up phase if needed. That’s what my doc did and it helped hugely. She gave me a very small dose of Klonopin to take daily with the Prozac. Basically calmed me down enough where I could sleep and wasn’t freaking out 24/7 about possible side effects. Ended up that Prozac wasn’t the med for me, but it was all good and I finally found one (Effexor) that works. It’s all trial and error. The good news is you’re not going to die trying these meds out. It’s not the end of the world and there IS a med out there that will work for you. Good luck!
Cole - I had a similar experience. I was prescribed Zoloft for my anxiety. I took it for a week and had some bad reactions. Doctor asked me to try Prozac instead, I was reluctant. Like you I started off with a 10 mg pill but I cut it in half to 0.5 mg. I took the smaller dose for four days, then upped the dose to 10 mg. Every four or five days I moved up the dose. I am now at the full dose of 20 mg and honestly, I feel great. The first few days were the hardest because you may get a bit more anxious. If you do, talk to your doctor and ask for Xanax or Lorazepam to calm you down. Once you get past week two you will feel better. Good luck!!
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