Can being sick heighten your anxiety?

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Ive been taking PROZAC 30mg for over a year now and I thought my anxiety was easing, Then last week I I caught the flu!!

My anxiety has returned .

Is this normal?

I really don't want to take more medication

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    Flu-like symptoms are a common withdrawal symptom of SSRI/SNRI drugs! The fact that you are also having anxiety tells me you are likely suffering from withdrawal, not the flu plus a return of anxiety. Anxiety is certainly a withdrawal symptom, even when the patient was never put on the med for anxiety to begin with. Because some did have anxiety as an original complaint, it is easy to declare that the original "illness" has returned when it is actually withdrawal.

    Prozac has a longer half life which means withdrawal won't be felt as up front as with other antidepressants. That is why it is sometimes used as a bridge drug to get off of other antidepressants. People are lead to believe that there is no withdrawal with Prozac because of the half-life issue, but this simply isn't true. The withdrawal forums have plenty of members in withdrawal from Prozac!

    How long have you been off and how did you come off? Did you taper or cold turkey, and if you tapered, what was the taper schedule?

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      Woops, sorry, misread your post and jumped to the conclusion that you had come off. Sorry about that! Not sure how to delete posts!

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