Can stopping Prozac and the restarting it lead to severe symptoms?
Added 13 Aug 2015:
As I took it for 1 year it was making me sleepy and slow.It was stopped suddenly, I started having anxiety so restarted. felt awful after chills overheating of body, dizziness since about 1 month. should I continue it
Yes you should continue it as your doctor has prescribed. Starting and stopping antidepressants can cause SSRI discontinuation syndrome, about 20 percent of people experience these symptoms, they may include flu like symptoms and reaction, headache, gastrointestinal distress, faintness, strange sensations of vision or touch. Prozac has a 5 week half life, meaning at 5 weeks time Prozac is halfway metabolized and that's why after a month you were having symptoms from it. It's best to continue your meds and if you have concerns talk with your dr.
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