A lot of the reviews say it takes 4 to 6 weeks to kick in. Im trying to stick it out because i heard this is the "miracle " drug. Is it normal for the first month to feel worse before you get better?
Today, is 3 weeks I have been on Prozac. I am more depressed and anxious than ever?
Question posted by Stickinthemud on 3 Sep 2015
Last updated on 25 January 2019 by TeganG96
It’s my 3rd week taking Prozac today. I take it for severe social anxiety, ever since been on Prozac it’s made it a lot worse where I really struggle to leave my house and do normal day to day things. The last few weeks I’ve acrually lost almost a stone from not eating from been so anxious all the time, I feel a lot worse than I did before taking them for sure. My headaches and sickness has died down abit, but recently been getting a tight chest and dizziness the last few days. My sleeping is fine as I take my 20mg tablet right before I fall asleep so I try and sleep through the side effects, I’ve been reading that by the 3rd week these horrible side effects should be going but it doesn’t feel like it at all, I’m glad I’ve found someone in the same boat as me. Please let me know if your side effects go any time soon as I’m struggling bad and wanting to change meds but I feel like I’m half way there to a “normal” head
I've been taking Fluoxintine for 2 weeks. The 1st week was the worst, but tolerable. My 2nd week, I do feel a whole lot calmer and not as stressed. This is my first time taking an antidepressant, and truly feel its working.
I'm curious if there is an update on how the medication helped and what your result was being on Prozac. I'm currently in a similar situation and while I understand meds are different for each individual I'd love to hear your experience since it has been a couple of years later. Thanks!
You already have some good advice here that I agree with. I would just like to add that it's possible to still have anxiety after the 40 mg of Prozac helps with your depression. It's not a sure thing, just a possibility. I've been through years of no depression on 40 mgs of Prozac. It's still the gold standard for depression, the no.1 successful antidepressant . I have a separate anxiety disorder, though. I needed a separate anxiety medicine. If you have a separate anxiety diagnosis, you may need an anxiety medicine along with the antidepressant Prozac.
I mention this only so that you will judge the Prozac on how it helps with your depression and not be concerned if it can't completely cover your anxiety. Best of luck to you!
keep taking your prozac your almost their,,, I'm in my sixth week and I;m feeling a lot better..Four days ago I was in the black hole, major depression, ocd issues, racy mind with weird off the wall thoughts..today I can feel a major difference, glad I kept taking my prozac..
Effexor is an SNRI and Prozac is an SSRI; they're both antidepressants, but work on different neurochemicals in your brain (there are three total).
Effexor works on norepinephrine while Prozac works on serotonin (the third one is dopamine). What led to stopping Effexor?
Because you're likely at a lower dose starting out, your neurons haven't had enough time to function properly & give you serotonin - which may be the one you need over norepinephrine; it takes experimentation, sadly.
The most important thing right now is to gauge the depth of your deepened depression, and decide whether you are darker in a way that your thoughts scare you. Some meds can make this happen in people & it's SO important to get this info to the psych immediately so they can get you off that and onto something different. :)
It can take upwards of a month or so to reach peak effectiveness. Don't know what dosage you are on, but if you are still feeling depression and anxiety over the next couple of weeks, you may need to discuss increasing the dosage. It isn't particularly unusual to experience some heightened anxiety in the beginning, but at this point you should be adjusting. If the depression/anxiety continues or worsens, don't hesitate to contact the doctor.
If prozac doesn't do it, and maybe its just that you'll need an increase in dose, there are quite a few other newer anti depressants.
- Prozac uses and safety info
- Prozac information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Prozac (detailed)
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