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What side effects should I expect when going off Prozac?

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Inactive 29 Jul 2011

Hi lauram563,
I recently discontinued Prozac (for Fibromyalgia pain) and I had no ill effects atall.
How long have you been taking it? I do believe that will make a bit of a difference. Some people do notice effects when discontinuing any antidepressant, but you may have none.
Best wishes to you,

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lauram563 29 Jul 2011

I was on Prozac for approx. 3 years and recentely weaned off and moved to Celexa. In the same amount of time I've become very bloated and swollen. While it may be something else entirely, I wanted to determine if there was any way it could be related. I haven't seen that Celexa would cause these side effects in any research so far. Thanks for the comments!

Inactive 29 Jul 2011

Hi again Lauram,
Did you look up Celexa right here, on drugs.com? Or did you read about it elsewhere? Oh, I was thinking of Cymbalta, that made my feet and piggies swollen... my bad. You might want to call your pharmacist about this, in this gurl's opinion they know more than most docs do!!

Inactive 29 Jul 2011

Hi lauram563. I have to agree with sweet lemon. The key is how long you have been on it and how much you were taking. I was on zoloft, the sister drug to prozac. Prozac has a very long half life, meaning that it takes a very long period of time to break down in your body and so as a result for it to leave your system. It can often still be discovered in your system weeks after you've stopped taking it. Having said that, because it stays in your body for such a long time, the chances of any withdrawal, side effects are slim to begin with. Zoloft, on the other hand has a short half life, it leaves your system much faster than prozac, hence more chances of feelings of discomfort, side-effects. Hope that this might have been helpfull, the best to you.

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Inactive 29 Jul 2011

Hi pledge!
Where is brunch my friend? I want to try a grit !!!

Inactive 29 Jul 2011

Hi there sweet lemon. Ha! Tad late. Was mowing the pasture. Did me in.Hot out there. Well, :-0) A grit. Grits are served much the same as porridge might be. But I prefer my grits on a plate, along with say eggs, toast, homefries (potatoe cut or sliced up, fryed on a skillet, with a touch of onion to add flavour). You can buy grits today much as you can say oatmeal. Add water etc. Put it in the microwave, nuke it and there you are. But thats instant. Add a dash of salt to taste. Grits are grits. Once you taste it, you give it a thumbs up or never look at it again. Boiled peanuts. I love em. Same thing, its a southern dish, either you go nuts over them, or on the other hand, never want to taste them ever again. So, there you go ha! oh heres a refill for your cup, just made a new pot of my infamous java joe.

Inactive 29 Jul 2011

Oh pledge, you do make me laugh!! OK, I shall try a grit, but only one tiny taste for moi !!

caringsonbj 30 Jul 2011

Pledge Hello my good friend, hope all is well-

Inactive 30 Jul 2011

All is well Billy. How about yourself? Doing well I hope. Hot as the Dickens, here, but thats summer time in the south.

caringsonbj 30 Jul 2011

Pledge hang in there we got rain overnight and a thunderstorm but to tell you honestly I think what it did was stir things up the sun is back out and the heat and humidity are having the central air going almost 24/7 the last week or week and a half.

Inactive 30 Jul 2011

Very true Billy. More often than not, when the temperatures arerunning sky high, though, the storms come through, it seems as if the storms feed the heat and humidity. Why? I've no idea. Undoubtaly something to do with the barometric pressure and so on etc. The a/c here has been runnning since April. ha! 24/7. Will do so at least through October. Catch you later friend, keep well, time to feed the pups.

Inactive 31 Jul 2011

Hi everyone!! ANYONE ELSE having site problems or is it just me???
It seems ever so slow today, just be my pc which needs Father O'Rourke to perform an excorcism on it!!
xx
Lara P.S. sorry to interrupt this question!

Inactive 31 Jul 2011

:-0) Ha! Hi there sweet lemon. Happy Sunday.I mentioned, just a few minutes ago, to Mary,in a nutshell, I find the site has neen acting up, off and on for almost a week. Its not your pc. Might have something todo with the new format that drugs.com has put into place. Oh, coffee is hot, and theres Eggs Benedict to go along with the java joe. Have a fine one Lara, its a beautifull day here. Birds are out, dogs are content, golf tournament (Irish Open) final round from Kerry, Ireland. And surprise surprise... no rain. The emerald isle. Its a beautifull country. You must be proud.:-0)

Inactive 31 Jul 2011

Aye, pledge, I am proud indeed! Beaming a huge grin right now actually, I really must watch this golf tourney just to see the Motherland! TY for the idea pledge, and I would love some java!!
x
Lara

Inactive 31 Jul 2011

:-0) Its noon, my time (eastern) and its over sweet lemon. An Englishman won it. Simon Dyson. He played well. And deserved his trophy. In fact, it was a fine tournement. It was televised for four days. It would come on live at nine am my time, go on untill noon. Thursday through Sunday. Glad you like that coffee. Time to get a few chores done. Ha! Mind you, Sunday is always special. I call it my easy day. If something gets done, accomplished good, if not, thats fine also. Goodbye for now my friend.

Inactive 1 Aug 2011

Grrrrr an Englishman eh? The nerve pledge!! I am off to bed, up since 3am, yuck.
Lara

Inactive 1 Aug 2011

Hi there sweet lemon. I feel your pain. I actually was up and about 4-00am my time. Had coffee (what else huh?) read the paper, and got all the early morning things that need to be done... done :-0) The dogs, there walks, morning feed, and so on. See you later on perhaps, hope you do nod off and get some zzzzzzs. ha!

HPoole 29 Jul 2011

in the past i have switched from prozac to celexa and experienced the bloating, water retention, and even weight gain. lexapro and celexa are basically the same meds, so i wouldn't try the lexapro if you switch. i would talk to your doctor about these symptoms, even if they say it shouldn't be causing those symptoms, many people can have completely different and new side effects of medications other than those listed. I reccommend switching to zoloft in the SSRI family or try another group called SNRI's and try pristiq.

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