I didn't know I would be able to add more detail, so was trying to fit my question in with 100 characters... I have severe/anxiety panic disorder. I have not left my house for 2 years (on occassion grocery store with my husband). I have a real sensivity to meds..I have started on a very low dose of liquid prozac 4 weeks ago..I am only taking 1ml which is about 5mg..The anxiety is worse. I don't want to give up because I have read that it can get worse before it gets better. I just need some encouragement, please..thanks
You're not taking enough to help. The dr needs to tell you to up it then maybe you'll feel better. Most people take 20-40 mg and they don't stay lower for a whole month. If its increased you may feel better.
I agree with Kaismama you are not on a high enough dose to be therapeutic. It took me 6 weeks and 300mg of doxepin to see positive results. Hang in there my depression got worse for a while after starting the meds before it got better. I know it:s difficult to keep a positive outlook at first. But things will get better it did for me. Sincerely Packard2046
I also have anxiety with panic attacks & was given Buspar 15mg twice a day. I believe I had to build up to that. I've taken Buspar for 18 years so far with no problems. I also took Prozac but for depression along with Buspar. I no longer take Prozac I take Cymbalta. I have Fybromyalgia, Sjorgrens & Osteo Arthritis - Cymbalta helps me with depression & pain. For anxiety, Buspar. Talk to your Dr.
I would try Lexapro for depression and start Xanax at 0.5 mg three times a day. I have been on them all and Lexapro has the least amount of side effects and it works better for depression than anything I've ever been on. and the Xanax made a giant difference in my anxiety and panic attacks you may need to go up to 1 mg three times a day with the Xanax though to get any real results.My Dr started me on 3 mg of Xanax at the start. But I also had to learn other things about anxiety like don't drink tea because it contains Theophiline, a bronchial dialater, which is a stimulant and avoid all caffeine after 3:00 pm
Im in the same boat im actually taking a 10mg but cutting it for a week increase 5mg til i reach 20 mg :( are you taking any benzos to help cope with the anxiety til you get use to the prozac?
How did it go with the Prozac?
I have tried about 2 or 2.5mg and had benefits and then side effects.
I really wish scientists could invent new antidepressants with way less side effects.
On Prozac for 5 weeks no better. Getting off it. Anxiety is worse. Doctor raised me to 50mgs in 3 weeks. I have anxiety and was on Lexapro for 11 years until it stopped working. Have you tried Lexapro?
Increased anxiety (along with other potential side effects) is common when starting almost any antidepressant/anxiolytic and resolves within several weeks with continued treatment.
However, the dosage you're taking is probably not within therapeutic levels. Consult with your doctor about a possible dosage increase and give it a fair trial of a minimum of 6-8 weeks before giving up on it.
Prozac is among the three medications most commonly prescribed for depression/anxiety and has changes many, many people's lives.
Best regards and I hope you're feeling better soon. Wild Cat
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