Can quitting Prozac cause IBS?

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Anyone know if it's possible and if true what should be done to eliminate it?

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    When I went thru Prozac withdrawal, I had all sorts of GI problems.....mostly Diarrhea. And bad.   One of the NP's that I was seeing at the time told me to go to Urgent Care to be tested for C-Diff or Giardia. She was sure that I had IBS.  She wanted me to stick to a very bland diet.   Both tests came back negative.   It went away eventually once I was thru the withdrawal faze.

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      Barbara, my psych dr told me that Prozac was the one ad that you didn’t have to taper off as it had such a long half life. Did you find that to be true?
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      It was almost a month long.  It was awful & my anxiety was thru the roof!  BUT I was on 20 mg.'s for about 15 years & weaned myself off over about a months time.  I was later told by a Dr that it I was suppose to wean wayyyyyy slower than that-over the course of several months.

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      I heard just the opposite BUT it is true that Prozac/Fluoxetine has a long half-life which means it stays in your system longer & is suppose to be one of the easier AD to withdraw from.  It depends on how long you were on it & at what dosage.   I was on a low dose (20 mgs) but for many years-15 or so.  Now I am on Effexor.   Just started a little over 2 weeks ago & then I read all the horror stories of trying to withdraw from this drug.  Just asked my psych Dr & she said yes-Effexor is one of the hardest to withdraw from.   Great.  Wish I had stayed on Prozac.  It treated me well & I just thought I didn't need it anymore & listened to others who are against all AD's.   STUPID me.

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    Okay one more question, does quitting prozac cause any permanent GI problem/disorder or is it all temporary ?
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