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EmmaLouise

Restless Legs And Fluoxetine

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Hi,

My Doc started me on Prozac 20mg daily 3 weeks ago. I had nausea, dizziness and insomnia the first couple of weeks but these side effects seem to be going gradually now. The one thing that is really annoying me is having really restless legs. The last couple of weeks when I sit or lie down and especially at night when I go to bed I don't feel comfortable unless my legs are moving. And I don't mean like a small twitch I mean really moving my legs up and down constanly and bending my kness right up and twisting my ankles. I have to concentrate to keep them still but it has this achy feeling when I do this that I can't explain. I have had to get out of bed the last few nights because it keeps my husband awake.

Anyone else suuffering like this?

EmLou

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Welcome to DF, EmmaLouise,

While I can't say if Prozac has caused your RLS, it could be a side-effect. Have you talked to your GP about this? RLS can be treated with another medication.

Sheepwoman

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Hi Sheepwoman,

Thanks for the reply :) I have an appt with my GP tomorrow to review my meds so will talk to her about it then. I do hope it is something that will go away though. It's only been 3 weeks so it's hard to tell if the Prozac is going to work for me but I'm afraid if the dosage in increased it will make the feelings worse. Guess only one way to find out....

EmLou

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Hi,

My Doc started me on Prozac 20mg daily 3 weeks ago. I had nausea, dizziness and insomnia the first couple of weeks but these side effects seem to be going gradually now. The one thing that is really annoying me is having really restless legs. The last couple of weeks when I sit or lie down and especially at night when I go to bed I don't feel comfortable unless my legs are moving. And I don't mean like a small twitch I mean really moving my legs up and down constanly and bending my kness right up and twisting my ankles. I have to concentrate to keep them still but it has this achy feeling when I do this that I can't explain. I have had to get out of bed the last few nights because it keeps my husband awake.

Anyone else suuffering like this?

EmLou

i think its a fairly common side-effect. i have it. my brother has it. my friend B. has it. it can be annoying, both to the person with the restless legs, and to significant others. i know it bothered my ex-gf a bit.

maybe going to a lower dose will help? hopefully your doctor will have some good ideas.

do you drink much caffeine? i don't know if there's any relation but maybe there is.

in any case, i sympathize and hope you can get it under control.

oh, and be aware that it can sometimes take a while before you notice the positive effects of SSRIs. The last time I started them it took almost 2 months for it to kick in, but when it did, hallelujah. i was like a new person.

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I have it, it became less after a month. Clonazepam helped me with anxiety, insomnia and the restless leg. Talk to your doc about clona or wait it out

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