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I was prescribed Fluoxetine 20mg on 4th June 2018, I was quite fortunate that I never got any of the bad side effects listed except constantly yawning and feeling tired, but after 3 my sleeping improved and at 5 weeks I definitely felt an improvement in my mood with a few down days but they weren't anywhere near as intense.
On the 7th week, I started feeling down and hopeless again, the kind of 'down' I felt before the medication started to work- so my GP increased my medication from 20mg to 40mg on 3rd of August 2018. I'm on week 2 and the only way I can describe how I feel is strange. My chest has been a bit tight, I've been grinding my teeth in the night again, and I feel more anxious than usual. I know in my head that I need to give the 40mg a little longer to work but it feels quite draining trying to give it a chance when I didn't experience any negative side effects on 20mg.
Should I give the 40mg longer to work, or should I go back to 20mg? Is there any point in going back down now that I've gone up or will the 20mg just not work now? I've always been dubious about my emotions and the week that I felt very down on 20mg I was due to start my period, so I'm now starting to think that it was just the hormones that brought me down further and that maybe I shouldn't have gone up on my dose.
I'm still very new to medication and I feel like such a bother asking the GP a million questions about it, but I wondered if anyone here has had a similar experience to me and could offer some advice / encouragement. I'm really not sure what to do.
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