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?
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.
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. :)
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!
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