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#1 benmurphy83


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Posted 11 January 2012 - 12:06 PM

Hi Everyone,

Today, I just finished my first week on Prozac to combat my increasing anxiety issues. The first day or two was fine. I felt a little better as if a fog was beginning to lift in my head and my anxiety had decreased (though not all the way). However, around day 5 my anxiety started to peak. I would start to wake up hours earlier than I normally do and I would be shaking and fidgeting. The anxiety would build the rest of the day. Its almost as bad as the worst times I had anxiety before I started taking the medicine.

I guess I am really discouraged because I really want these meds to help. I know from reading the forums that some people have hard times on Prozac, but that they eventually lead to profound progress. Does anyone have any experiences with this either way? I am feeling a little lost here. Thanks and God Bless.


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Posted 11 January 2012 - 12:22 PM

Hi there. I believe all you are experiencing side effects. I know it takes 2 to 3 months for prozac to have effect and up to 4 weeks for it to start working, but you may expereince the side effects from the first days. I started sleeping excessivelyon the 5th day and it passed after a month. I don't have problems with anxiety but I feel quite restless lately and I thought it might be the prozac. That is all of my experience. I believe you need to have an appointment soon with your doctor, just share with him/her your observations. I'm sure they will put your mind at ease.

Good luck

Edited by absent, 11 January 2012 - 12:23 PM.

Stopped all medication due to financial problems. 

Been on: [1]Fluoxetine,[2]Citalopram, [3]Mirtazapine (4/7/2012-14/8/2012),[4] Escitalopram/Cirpalex 20mg (15/8/2012) + Depakote (1/8/2012) +Zopiclone (15/8/2012), [5]Sertaline 200mg + 2mg Diazepam 

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 12:33 PM

I took Prozac for many years before it stopped working for me. I felt improvement within a couple of weeks and start feeling really great within a month. We all have different experiences so I encourage to try and hang in there a little longer. My side effects were very minor and subsided in less than a couple of weeks.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 04:31 PM

I just started on prozac today. how are you doing on it?

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 05:51 PM

I feel for you. I recently upped my dose after dropping it for a bit and it really worked well for a couple days and not feels like it is coming back. I think that makes it extra hard to cope because you feel that great feeling of being anxiety/depression free and then crash back down again. Here is to hoping it levels out for both of us! Hope you feel better.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 02:57 AM

I'd give it a bit longer and see how you feel. My daughter went on Lovan (prozac) and barely had any side effects - she was lucky.
Hopefully you will feel a bit better each day, but it can take 6 - 8 weeks for it to take full effect,
If you are concerned, ring your Psychiatrist and discuss your symptons.

Wishing you well


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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:37 PM

I can't say anything about profound effects, but Prozac does work.

Give it at least 4 weeks to start working. I became really hungry using the 1st week, then went back to normal. Started to see improvements after 4-5 weeks.

Your anxiety could just be from your desire to feel better - might not be the Prozac but check with your doctor to be sure.
Diagnosis: anxiety, depression, hypomania, possible bipolar
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 02:02 PM

Hey, Prozac was a lifesaver for me years back took me out of my slump. Im not back in a slump, 2007 was the last time that I had taken prozac and im on my first week also, day numb 4, I havent cried for two days which is good but my anxiety is still there and the nervousness in my tummy. I think we just need to make it past these days and it we will be back to normal. I agree with the above maybe its our desire to feel better and we need to just give it a chance. Only side effects ive had is headaches and dry mouth i hate the dry mouth gets worse in the evening for me. Im only on 20mg to start as lastime i took it i ended with 40mg. Never had any other problems on the med and I came off of it with no problems also. Is it possible that it would be working within the first few days?

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