Best time of day (if any) to take Fluoxetine ?

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[b:8784501d75]Can anyone say that there is a \"best time\" to take this medication ?[/b:8784501d75]

At the moment I am taking it at about 6am (ish) when, for some reason, I tend to wake up in a right panicky state .... [i:8784501d75] I don't know if my blood pressure pill causes this panic cos I take this before I go to bed at midnight.[/i:8784501d75] I am wondering if I should take my blood pressure tablet in the morning and the fluoxetine at night ... Wow and sorry ... what a long winded way to ask you simply [b:8784501d75]\" Should I swap them round ? \" [/b:8784501d75]... I asked my GP but she just helpfully said \"experiment\" ~ I have only been on the fluoxetine 20mg for 1 month but \"whenever\" I take them I always seem to have really bad mornings when all I want to do is stay in bed even though I know I wont sleep ... I just feel like hell when I have to force myself to get out of bed.... I'd stay there all day if I could :cry:

I'd really appreciate any comments from you please ...

Thanks ... Patti xxx

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    Hi Snavetap

    Good ol doc - don't you just love em!

    Bad mornings seem to be a general side effect with flu. I think you'll find most people take it in the mornings as it doesn't appear to work so well at night.

    I've been on flu for nearly 7 weeks now. Mornings are the worst but things improve as the day wears on. This seems like a general pattern.

    Don't worry about it, things will improve.

    Keep posting and take care.

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    I now take mine around 11am, having tried a number of times. Think the bad mornings are part of it at the beginning

    Good Luck

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    Hey Patti,

    Similarly to PG I take my tab first thing in the morning and eat straight after as no food on these makes me feel sick.

    When i first took it i thought my doc told me to take it in the evening but i found it was kicking in just as I was trying to sleep and couldnt switch off.

    Like your doc said, experiment as much as you can - maybe week by week try a new routine. But myself and a few other found a vitamin tablet helps. I take a multi-vitamin, i think Meganpooch takes a vitamin B complex(??) They keep your immune system running and help to balance the chemical imbalance (so my sources tell me).

    Meganpooch posted a great website to look at for more info....MP can you repost it for Patti plz

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    Hi HT

    I certainly will. Just have to remember what it was! Either that or i'll find where i posted it.


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    Hi Patti

    Right, i've found it now. The address is

    If you type vitamin b complex into the search engine, the 9th entry should take you to the correct page. This very forum also has a website, the one directly below the site mentioned. Multi vitamins are used to boost the immune system. B vitamin complex is more specific and was recommended by a cured sufferer. Have a read. All the information you need is there.

    Hope this helps and good luck. x :wink:

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    Have also been taking Vit B Complex thanks to MP! x Boots sell it if you want a high street provider smile
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    Good on you Peanut Girl. Glad i could be of help. Hope it speeds your recovery.......only time will tell.

    Nighty night. x smile

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    Hello All ... Just a very quick reply to thank you all for your posts ... Bless you all ~ I do appreciate your thoughts and comments ~ you have all given me something to think about ... and ... I shall keep reading.

    I will get back to you in a while to say how the \"experimenting\" is going.

    [i:d4d4907ce2]Heck ... I hate feeling like this but I no longer feel so alone.[/i:d4d4907ce2]

    Thanks again ... Patti xxx


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