Experiences with Prozac?

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Registered: 07-06-2007
Experiences with Prozac?
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Tue, 07-26-2011 - 3:58pm

Hi all,

Background: I've been on either Zoloft, Lexapro, or Celexa for about ten years, mainly to treat anxiety. Early this year, I became majorly depressed. While feeling better over the Winter, I cut my Zoloft in half to 50mg (from 100mg, which I had been on for a year). This may or may not have triggered my depression. I went back up to 100mg of Zoloft and didn't see a relief in symptoms, and felt that the Zoloft was no longer working for me. My doctor put me on 20mg of Prozac six weeks ago. I feel the Prozac helped me to be able to function again, athough I'm still not back to normal, depression-wise. Doctor increased my dosage of Prozac to 40mg 1.5 weeks ago.

It feels like the increase in dosage increased my anxiety level and obsessive thinking (apparently, I have OCD, as well). Did anyone notice an increase in anxiety with an increase in Prozac? Did your increased anxiety go away after a few more weeks? I'm not getting alot of relief from the Prozac, which I feel like I usually got a lot of relief from the others. Should I try another drug? I'm just 6.5 weeks into Prozac...

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Registered: 10-10-2007
Tue, 07-26-2011 - 5:59pm

I am on 30mg of Prozac.

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-10-2007
Tue, 07-26-2011 - 6:06pm

I did some research and found that Prozac is sapose to help with anxiety and OCD.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-06-2007
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 11:12am
That does help, thanks! I'm going to give it a few weeks to see if this is a side effect that I'll get over. My doctor did say that Prozac was good for obsessive thoughts, but not so much for anxiety. My obsessive thoughts and anxiety are worse, since the increase 1.5 weeks ago. I could go back down to 20mg, but I've been on other antidepressants that seemed to work better than this. Thanks again!
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Registered: 10-10-2007
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 11:29am

Please let me know in a few weeks how your doing! :smileyhappy:

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-06-2007
Tue, 08-30-2011 - 2:19pm

How's everyone doing?

Thought I'd update this post about my experience with Prozac. I've been on Prozac for almost three months, on 40mg for about five weeks.

It definitely gives me more anxiety than what I'm used to. Other SSRI's seemed to be much better in this area. I have mostly come out of my depression on Prozac, so that's good.

Saw a new psychiatrist last week. He said that Prozac is more stimulating than other SSRI's and can cause anxiety. He prescribed Buspar and Abilify, in addition to 40 mg of Prozac. I was really nervous about adding new meds. I'm taking the Buspar because I couldn't stand the anxiety. However, I don't think I'm going to take the Abilify.

Apparently, 40mg of Prozac is not enough for OCD, which I'm trying to treat with therapy :).

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Registered: 06-22-2010
Sun, 09-18-2011 - 8:03am

Sorry I am getting here so late but I LOVE MY PROZAC!! I need it like valium! My dose is higher than ya'll's let me go get it & check...Geez I take 80mgs. As well as Visteral &Inderal. Oh & Zyprexa was added. I like my cocktail except I still have pain. & I do not take pain meds at all.