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User Reviews for Fluoxetine to treat Anxiety and Stress

Also known as: Prozac

Fluoxetine has an average rating of 7.3 out of 10 from a total of 540 ratings for the treatment of Anxiety and Stress. 66% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 18% reported a negative effect.

Fluoxetine Rating Summary

7.3/10 average rating

540 ratings from 568 user reviews.

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Reviews for Fluoxetine

PandaBear · Taken for less than 1 month April 7, 2020

Prozac (fluoxetine): “I've been crying and overwhelmed every day. I'm a health care worker in a hospital & before this pandemic, I didn't need any meds for anxiety/stress. I have a happy life. But then this pandemic struck us & I lost it control ... I have been on 10mg/day for one week & so far so good. I'm not freaking out as bad anymore. Crying way less. But I'll see how I feel as time goes on.”

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Peach · Taken for less than 1 month September 5, 2020

Prozac (fluoxetine): “Hello! I was prescribed Prozac for anxiety and depression. I started the first week only taking 10mg and moved to 20mg on week two. I’ve been taking this medication for less than a month, but I already feel so much better. I would spend about 2-3 nights a week crying from worry and stress. I also suffer from PMDD and a week before my periods I would become extremely depressed. Since I started taking Prozac I haven’t had any crying spells, I’m much more calm, I am able to think clearly about things instead of becoming overwhelmed with stress. I also feel way more motivated in my daily life and I actually look forward to the future instead of being scared of it. The only side effects I experienced was a little bit of nausea and feeling tired (this lasted the first two weeks, but it’s gone now.) Everyone reacts differently to medication, so don’t let the bad reviews scare you!”

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Ellie April 20, 2021

Prozac (fluoxetine): “This medication has been great. I was so afraid to start, and the first 5-6 days I didn’t feel well. On day 8 I felt so much better! I don’t have panic attacks, I can breathe, I sleep better and don’t get stressed over tiny things. I still have negative thoughts but let them go immediately. I feel like I’m a nicer person and I feel like I can listen to other people again without my thoughts taking over. On day 14 of 20mg and staying on this dose at the moment. Don’t let reviews scare you!”

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18 yr girl September 5, 2020

Prozac (fluoxetine): “I started at 10 mg dose of Prozac for GAD and some depression. I took 10mg, and moved to 20mg and it made me bleed (menstrual bleed), like a period NOT in my pee. Blood in pee can be a negative side effect of prozac, but my blood work was fine. I went back on 10, and every time I go up on dosage I bleed again. I look back now and see that suffered from anxiety for so much longer than needed to, I couldn't be more happier to have taken that chance and I want to encourage you not to be afraid because the pros beat the cons. Also before Prozac, I had EXTREMELY bad stomach issues, and taking prozac has dramatically helped my pain. Also my dreams are CRAZY. They are always nightmares and often wake me, sweating. My doctor prescribed me a drug called clonidine only 0.1 mg and I've been taking it for 3 nights and my sleep and nightmares have gotten much better already. Although these drugs can have side effects, there are ways around them to make your life better. You are not alone, it gets better. Thank you everyone whose shared here you are LOVED.”

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SC · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 22, 2020

Prozac (fluoxetine): “This drug has been life changing for me, no more anxious or obsessive thoughts. If you are scared to try it please don't be. I can't believe the way I used to think and live life before taking this. Now my thought process have changed and I feel like I am myself again. I sleep better at night, and I eat better. I used to use food as a way to cope with my emotions. Now that is not the case, I eat normally and anxiety does not plague my life. No more obsessive thinking over small things. I have nothing but good things to say about Prozac. Honestly I just wished I had took it sooner, but now I am just glad I am able to live life, no more being held prisoner inside my own mind. I am free.”

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Liv · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 2, 2020

Prozac (fluoxetine): “I have suffered from anxiety and panic attacks since high school...I’m a 21 year old college student now. I was prescribed Prozac over 6 months ago, but didn't have the courage to take it. I initially came here and read the reviews which freaked me out. The past months I have been dealing with unbearable anxiety and panic attacks, that I could no longer manage. I gave in and have been on Prozac for 1 month now. The first week I had no side effects besides a headache. The second week came and the symptoms I had were obsessive thoughts, one bad panic attack, increased anxiety, feeling out of body, etc. This continued into week 3, but eventually got better. The middle of week 3 going on week 4 I feel very good! I have had little to no anxiety issues and can actually function in the world! This medication plus therapy once a week has been a good combination!”

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Macaroni August 9, 2020

Prozac (fluoxetine): “Hello! So I have been taking Prozac for my anxiety, it will be a year really soon. I definitely feel such a positive change in myself. I remember before going to school I would have panic attacks, I would stress so much I'd become sick, and I would shake and sweat badly from the stress. I would cry so much from becoming overly stressed. Now, I feel a significant change. I am much more calm in stressful situations. I also don't cry or get angry easily. I'm young, so my parents let me decide if I wanted to try the medication. I was worried about all the side affects, but after some overthinking, I decided to try it out. It took about 1 and a half months to start feeling a change, and I wish I took it earlier. I 100% recommend this medication to anyone with anxiety. It has changed my life and it is one of the best decisions I've ever made!”

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Scaredycat89 · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 17, 2020

Prozac (fluoxetine): “I’ve been on Prozac for 7 weeks now, I started 10mg & increased 20mg after 10 days. I absolutely did feel worse before I felt better. I was already at an unbearable level with my anxiety & the Prozac did increase it for me for around 2 weeks. After around 3 weeks I started to feel good, I can drive again, I’m starting to enjoy being outside & doing things. I’m a lot happier, settled & at least 80% less anxious. I still have moments & I’m definitely not cured but I’m managing. Side effects for me are vivid dreams, loss of appetite & some weight loss. In the beginning side effects were insomnia, increased anxiety, intrusive thoughts & agoraphobia. I got through it & it was like the sun finally came out once they started working. I spent hours researching & reading reviews scaring myself silly. If you’re doing that also, I can’t say what it will do for you as everyone is different but for me, it has improved my life. If I can get through those 1st tough 2 weeks anyone can.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 10, 2019

Prozac (fluoxetine): “I just want to say if you are hesitant to take this medication, don’t be! it’s wonderful! and STOP GOOGLING SIDE EFFECTS! I did this and it this put way too many ideas into my head when I finally started taking Prozac. I put off taking this medication for far too long, and finally caved in taking it when my anxiety started causing me to fall into depression. I was too afraid to even go to sleep by myself before taking this, and within my first dose (only 10mg) I slept through the night all by myself. Everyday I have continued to feel a bit better. 1st month I started taking 10mg and by month 2 I am now on 20mg. Before taking this I was suffering with panic attacks multiple times a week and now haven’t had one since I started. The power of medication is truly amazing. Once you start, stay strong and power through! Be patient. Even if this medication isn’t the fit for you, don’t fret, there are plenty of other options available. You will get through this!! Start taking your meds TODAY!!”

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Anonymous February 8, 2021

Prozac (fluoxetine): “Man, what a journey/nightmare. Dealing with OCD & Anxiety & intrusive thoughts is absolutely no joke, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I swear I wouldn’t. But man I’ll tell you PROZAC SAVED MY LIFE. Where do I even start. I was dealing with so much OCD & Anxiety - From intrusive thoughts, to literally doing things over & over again, to realizing it wasn’t the thing that I was doing that was bothering me, it was that I didn’t know how to control my OCD. I was completely lacking self control in every way shape & form. But man, I’ll tell you. The first month on Prozac, I didn’t feel any different, honestly, I felt worse, but that was because my body was adjusting & I wasn’t being patient, I wanted immediate results & I still was lacking self control! But let me tell you, after 2 months on this medicine, I AM ALIVE AGAIN!!! :) I can breathe properly, I can think properly, I understand what triggers my OCD, BE YOURSELF.”

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Redfinch · Taken for less than 1 month February 1, 2021

Prozac (fluoxetine): “My third bout of severe anxiety has been building up for 3-4 weeks. No reason that I’m aware of had caused this condition. My husband and I have carried on at home with a schedule doing OK during COVID. All of a sudden the anxiety hit with a vengeance....My pDr told me to up my Lexapro and Clonazapam. No help as I continued fearfully. I found a psychiatrist who would see me but, took me off the benzo.(cold turkey...no relief from severe withdrawal). He started me on 20mg Prozac (dropped Lexapro). Result was a tailspin. Now talking to a therapist and working with my PDr. I’m 7 days on Prozac and working on a consistent morning schedule. My husband is very supportive and caring. I depend on Clonazapam while adjusting to the new Prozac. I am very hopeful that the next several weeks will improve my mental and physical state. I will report back each week to let you know of my progress. Let us all do this journey together.”

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Arizona · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 26, 2021

Prozac (fluoxetine): “Prozac enabled me to start enjoying my life again. I started off on 10mg and then moved up to 20mg plus 10mg Buspar twice a day. I went from suicidal thoughts, feeling like I wasn't ever going to be able to have a normal life again, constant anxiety, severe anxiety-induced depression, to finally being able to wake up and enjoy the day again. It took a long time to kick in, probably 4-6 weeks before I felt any palpable improvement, but now after two months on it, I am finally starting to feel like myself again. I didn't have any major side effects in my experience, unlike other SSRIs I have tried. Stay strong and stick with it! Remember you are never alone.”

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Pog July 1, 2021

Prozac (fluoxetine): “I've had anxiety problems my whole life-my hands have always shook, once we all started wearing masks I realized how much I hyperventilate, sleep evaded me for hours while obsessive and nightmarish thoughts ran on a loop in my head, I have ALWAYS been plagued by guilt and the sense I'm never doing enough. It's made me a heck of an overachiever, and I was used to surviving it, but when my doctor recommended it, I decided to try it. I barely noticed any difference on 10 mg, so I thought I could try 20 mg. Holy smoke. I can sleep. Now I sleep too much! My mind is not a Catherine wheel, and I don't toss and turn. I don't get those constant stabs of adrenaline all day, like I'm constantly on the verge of total failure. The only concern I have is that in decades of anxiety, I got used to resting when it let up for a day or so. The urge to rest that I associate with this feeling of relief is making me lazy! I need to learn how to stay on track for reasons other than fear and guilt.”

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chrjl91 June 5, 2021

Prozac (fluoxetine): “I have been dealing with anxiety for years, have been able to manage with exercise and other outlets until the pandemic hit. I started to experience panic attacks and anxiety 24/7. My anxiety started to interfere with my sleep. I was prescribed prozac (10mg) but was so fearful of the side effects I put off trying Prozac for over a month, which lead to severe anxiety and depression. I finally gave in and I had a positive reaction initially. For the next 4-5 days I experienced minimal side effects, lack of appetite, irritability, decreased libido, and fatigue. I had increased anxiety in the morning, some days were better than others, day 8 was by far the worst day. Day 9 things started to improve day by day. I'm now on day 12, I'm sleeping better (continues improve), and my anxiety is almost nonexistent. I wish I would have started Prozac sooner. What works or doesn't work for me may not work for you. Because of this, don't put off taking a medication because of someone else's experience.”

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guest85 · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 5, 2015

Prozac (fluoxetine): “I have battled anxiety for years. I have a supportive family, a loving husband and child, and could not understand why I wanted to sleep or cry the days away, the months away, the years away..... My breaking point was my family was struggling to comprehend why I did not want to do anything we loved anymore or be active in our daily life. It hit me hard I could not walk into a room of people without going into a panic. Prozac is the 3rd medicine I tried. I feel like a million dollars now. I am me again. I was on 10mg for 1 month and now 20mg a day. I'm crying as I write this because anxiety is real. It effected everything in my life. But not anymore. My fear and panic are gone. I can run circles around my loved ones! It's great.”

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CrimsonandClover December 19, 2020

Prozac (fluoxetine): “The pandemic finally put me over the top and I went to my PCP and he gave me the anxiety test and he then prescribed this med + Ativan. He told me to only use the Ativan if I was having a really hard time until the Prozac started working. I could tell a difference the very next day and everyday I felt happier....better than I have felt in years. I, then realized how severe I had been. I regret not taking care of this years ago. I no longer worry about things and I am able to move on and get things done. I'm also able to breathe good and relax without feeling guilty about it. I used to always have tasks and let things kind of gloomily hang over my head, making me feel bad. This medication has changed my life. I do want to note that a couple of weeks after starting it, I had some difficulty sleeping throughout the night. I took Benadryl at night to stop that, then after a week I did not need it to sleep anymore. I sleep great and wake up in a good mood with energy every day now.”

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ChristinaM872 October 6, 2016

Prozac (fluoxetine): “For anyone who is hesitant about trying an anti depressant like Prozac because maybe you have too much pride, or you're embarassed that you have to take a pill everyday to feel like yourself. I was suffering with anxiety and depression for about 5 years after a really traumatic car accident and refused to try anything. I'm in my early 20s I thought I was too young. I only wished I would've listened to my body and mind sooner. Prozac changed my life. I only take 20mg and it is incredible. I feel happy.. I feel calm. I feel like my old self. I haven't had any anxiety in months.. I'm not moody. It's like that big dark cloud is finally gone, don't be afraid to try this anti depressant. Im a brand new Me, because of it. I feel invincible”

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Pauly5638 · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 16, 2021

Prozac (fluoxetine): “I started on 10mg because I was stressed and wasn't sleeping well. For the first two weeks I felt a bit worse, then finally better. The unexpected benefit was reduced anxiety. I used to have mild chest pains due to stress that are now completely gone. Also, I used to wake up early, stress about thoughts and wasn't able to go back to sleep. Now the unpleasant thoughts just pass through my head without me spending any time on them and I'm able to comfortably sleep in. I'm also able to better focus at work when things get tense. Looking back, I could have benefited from this pill a good 5 or 10 years ago. Today, after a month, I have no side effects and feel much happier because the anxiety switch was turned off in my head.”

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Jhow00 July 1, 2021

“I started Fluoxetine for help with my anxiety and depression. I was having panic attacks daily and had lost all my love for life. I was started on 10mg a day for 4 days then up to 20 mg a day. 35 days in and I’m so much better! I’m back to work. I’m out doing the things I like to do. Honestly during week 2 and 3 my symptoms worsened. I pushed through and I’m glad I did. You have to give this medication time to build up in your system to start working. Only lasting side effects I’ve had were problems staying asleep but this has been an issue before fluoxetine. I got on 25mg of Trazodone at night to help me stay asleep. The combo of Fluoxetine and the Trazodone and I’m feeling great! I still have my bad days but it is so much easier to handle now. Don’t let these negative reviews scare you and don’t be afraid to get help!! Some of us just need a little serotonin boost. I hope this helps someone out there who is really struggling like I was. Prayers for you all!”

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Doglover December 17, 2020

Prozac (fluoxetine): “I can’t say enough good things about Prozac. It saved my life. I was having horrible anxiety symptoms which led to hopelessness depression and OCD intrusive thoughts that were taking over my life. I had never struggled with my mental health before but it kinda came out of nowhere and it really brought me into a dark place. I tried a benzodiazepine and it gave me the WORST side effects of my life! I then went to 10mg Prozac and each day I saw little improvements. I just hit the 2 week mark and I almost feel back to my normal self! I can sleep eat and laugh again! I feel absolutely 0 side effects too! Not even the sexual side effects! (If anything I feel more in the mood! Lol! ;)”

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Zt5 · Taken for less than 1 month November 19, 2019

Prozac (fluoxetine): “Having severe anxiety for 3 years now !! I have tried so many medication with no improvement at all ! Headaches muscle pains insomnia anxiety and depression were my worst friends!! Being on lexapro for 3 years I decided to switch to prozac! Best decision I have ever taken!! No side effects at all I was expecting to have nausea or sexual issues but surprisingly neither of them happened!! I am very impressed by this medication no more anxiety or depression my life have been improved drastically! I started felling better even form the first days!! No more headache no more anxiety or depression!! I am able to control my thoughts and my anxiety in a much a great extent!!! Seriously the best medication ever!! Old but effective!! Give it a try !!!!!”

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sash · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 4, 2020

Prozac (fluoxetine): “This drug Prozac has completely changed my life. A few months ago I had to take the quarter off during my last year of college. I was so anxious 24/7 that I had developed a severe headache that lasted for two months, and even affected my vision. After 5 weeks of being on prozac, I began to feel lighter, and the headache went away. Increasing the dose to 40 mg made me feel happy for the first time in years. I have bouts of a few hours of anxiety usually twice a week, but they're usually triggered by something. I no longer have an impending sense of doom. I have not gained any weight, and have had no bad side affects.”

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Pumpkinpie October 20, 2020

“*positive review* This bout of depression/anxiety has led me to try fluoxetine - I am on day 3 now and have noticed a huge positive difference in my thoughts and feelings. I am feeling very positive about this drug and it’s already helped me massively - I feel me again. HOWEVER, emember when reading these reviews, everyone writing them isn’t in a good place, or we wouldn’t be taking them. Everyone’s experience is DIFFERENT Everyone’s bodies are DIFFERENT A bad review on here doesn’t lead you to how you will feel. Take the process slowly, start off a small dose and most importantly RELAX. Don’t symptom spot and remember to tell your closest exactly how you are feeling so that you have support. Things will get better, I promise. If you’re feeling rubbish now, you won’t for life. And if the drug you’re taking isn’t working for you talk to your GP and they can look at other drugs - like I did. Good luck ❤️”

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Calyfornia · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 15, 2016

Prozac (fluoxetine): “I have spent a lot of time reading threads on Prozac. They have all been very helpful during these past few months so I thought I should share my own experiences just in case anyone out there might find it helpful. I started Prozac 20mg about 2 months ago. I always knew I had anxiety and mild depression and was always curious about taking anti-depressants. But when my boyfriend and I broke up I literally went to my PsycDoc the very next day. I had done my research on AD’s and thought that Prozac would be the best for me. My Doc agreed. I kept a log every single day I took Prozac starting from Day #1 until Day #30. It took 24 days before I started feeling little random bursts of happiness. But up until day #24 it was pure torture. It hurt to smile, I completely lost my appetite, I could not sleep, I was sad, I experienced soooo much anxiety is was painful. But thanks to reading all these threads I did not give up and was hopeful that things will get better just as everyone said it will. Every day after Day #24 just seemed to have gotten better and better. And on Day #30, it finally hit me and I understood what Prozac is all about. Yes it is true that it is a life saver. If I had to put it in just two words to explain how I feel on Prozac I would have to say “Calm” and “Clear”. But I’m not finished just yet… after a few weeks I started feeling like the 20mg wasn’t really working. So my Doc increased my dose to 40mg. this time around I almost gave up and went back to 20mg, but thankfully I did not. For 3 weeks of taking 40mg I was soooo tired, fatigue and lethargic. I did not experience this on 20mg. and I was constantly hungry too. So after week #3 I called my Doc so I can make an appointment to go back down to 20mg. he was out of town so I had to wait. When his office called me back to schedule me in, the awful side effects of 40mg were gone and I was back to feeling clear, calm and happy again. So here is my own personal advice from my own journey with Prozac… I’ve been on it for a little over 2 months. You have to get worse before you get better. No matter what you think, YOU WILL GET BETTER. Prozac is literally reprogramming and rewiring your brain and that TAKES TIME. Side note: I’m 31 years old and ex-boyfriend and I are back together and happy. So were all those days of torture worth it? It sure was.”

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teal1995 March 9, 2020

Prozac (fluoxetine): “This medication did not make me feel mentally stable. Gave me symptoms of ADHD and mania, very dark and intrusive thoughts both daydreaming and sleeping. Destroyed my memory and at a stage where I thought I was in different locations at once and forgetting everything I was doing, also seeing-eye floaties, artifacts in vision and not able to take in simple instructions. Felt completely out of it at all times and made me far more stressed for no reason. I would randomly become excited and couldn't stop talking but felt uncomfortable around everyone. Everything I do feels super fast both reactions and speaking I really hope this goes away, I feel great, bad, crazy, hyper thoughts racing both positive and negative 24/7. I never had this at all before. Destroyed my libido, softened erections and size, also my legs don't feel attached to my body? Started off fantastic but quickly deteriorated. Generic Prozac 10mg for 2 weeks and I know its a very low dose. (24 year old male uni student).”

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