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#1 bunnybear



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Posted 10 December 2007 - 02:02 PM

So I have tried several meds and the only one that worked well for my anxiety was lexapro but it caused a lot of weight gain. So my doctor just put me on prozac......I am wondering if this has helped anyone with anxiety? That is my major problem, not really the depression.


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Posted 10 December 2007 - 08:29 PM

I was on prozac for a little bit about 10 years back for depression, not anxiety. It seemed like prozac created anxiety for me....along with other bad side effects. Keep trying. Hopefully you can find something that will work! Good luck!

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:11 PM

Well i think that it being an SSRI drug, it can help with anxiety, actually alot of meds not marketed for certain things can work for other problems. I was taking prozac for my ocd, at a high dose, it worked wonders but didnt help my depression , go figure. But on the other hand prozac can make you jittery and antsy. You know everyone is different. so give it a try, it just may work. Anxiety and depression are very closely related, more than we may think. Good luck . ~~Luv T.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 10:03 AM

Prozac does have some anti-anxiety properties. Initially, when starting, anxiety may still be present and then improve the longer you are on it. However, not all medications will work the same for each individual. It's important that you keep your pdoc informed about your progress or any reactions you may have.

As you may or may not know, weight gain/loss is a side-effect of most medications. You maybe be able to counteract the SE's with a change of diet and an exercise program. It would be best to ask your doc for advice regarding this SE.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 02:58 PM

Hi...If you're looking for just personal experiences, Prozac did help with my anxiety. This was years ago--Prozac was the first AD I took. I had recently begun to experience panic attacks, though that wasn't why I was taking the PZ. I was taking it for depression. Lack of anxiety was my only side-effect. :hearts: It was a good one to have!

Everyone's mileage is going to vary on this issue, I feel. That's what's tough about ADs sometimes. You have to try them yourself to see how you personally will respond Good luck. I hope it helps you.

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 07:55 PM

I'm actually considering going back on Prozac for both depression and anxiety. From what I've read, it can treat a number of anxiety disorders and can help with panic attacks. Your doctor would be the best person to speak to about this.

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 10:19 PM

Prozac works wonders for my anxiety... although it didn't curb my depression much... so I am on a med combo of Prozac (fluoxetine) and Cymbalta. I've only been on the combo for a week now...

But Prozac has done wonders for my anxiety, as I have not had a panic attack in six months on it. Best of luck to you!

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#8 KarenRB53


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Posted 18 October 2008 - 12:09 PM

Prozac works wonders for my anxiety... although it didn't curb my depression much... so I am on a med combo of Prozac (fluoxetine) and Cymbalta. I've only been on the combo for a week now...

But Prozac has done wonders for my anxiety, as I have not had a panic attack in six months on it. Best of luck to you!

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Just wondering if you're still on the combo of Prozac and Cymbalta and if so, how is it working for you?


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Posted 02 November 2008 - 05:00 PM

Prozac helps me for anxiety, but it don't touch the depression. I am on wellbutrin for that.
I wish you the best.


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Posted 02 November 2008 - 08:13 PM

I just switched from Zoloft to Prozac 1 week ago. The week before I took 1/2 and 1/2 of each med. Something I have noticed is I no longer have the brain fog that I had with Zoloft. I can't take more than 50mg of Zoloft without getting the brain fog and my Psychiatrist says Zoloft works best in higher doses. So I'm hoping the Prozac will help my depression and anxiety. I feel a bit jittery so we'll see if that goes away or not.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

I have been on prozac for a week and a half and so far my anxiety has gone worse. I know it takes time to kick in and you can get awful side affects at first, so i would say just stick it out and things should start to look up. I have heard that it works for a lot of other people and you just have to be positive and recieve a lot of support from the people around you. You cant jsut rely on meds to make you better, therapy and doing work yourself must go along with it. Its a battle but in the end there will be positive outcomes. I have been battling terrible depression and anxiety for a year now, things need to get better! Good luck x

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