What side effects should I expect when going off Prozac?
Question posted by lauram563 on 29 July 2011
Last updated on 1 August 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.
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.
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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