Digestive issues!!!

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Hi. I'm new to the group. I have been on 40 mg generic Prozac for about 6 weeks. I switched from generic zoloft 150 mg. I am having the worst digestive issues. Heartburn, belching, nausea, feeling like something is stuck in my throat, shakiness, etc. I thought it may be the blue dye in the capsule form so I switched to the tablet form. Still having the issues. May have to go back on the generic zoloft. Anyone else have these side effects? It's making me crazy!

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    Yes I'm on 7 weeks @ 40mgs , and also still suffering the side effects you describe so it's good to know I'm not the only one! I've heard it can take 12 weeks or more to fully settle so I would stick it - why did you switch?

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      I switched because i had been on generic zoloft for around 24 years. After a full hysterectomy my anxiety and panic attacks became debilitating. The generic prozac helps with that. I just cant feel this way every day. I feel horrible.
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      I really feel for you, I generally only have nausea and shakiness, so the heartburn must be horrible - Can't you take something for that? I also have intense mood swings - where I feel great one week and crap the next, so I'm hoping that will start to ease up soon, this is not easy x

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      So sorry you are having these problems. My mood swings are up and down as well. I will feel good for a few days then bad the next few. It's so hard to get meds right. So you found out it takes 12 weeks to even out? Do you take the capsules or tablets?

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      yes prozac is a slow burn, I first expereinced this when I took it 5 years ago, and it took 4-5months to settle, but when it did I felt fine and did so for 5 years, so much so that I gradually stopped taking it, but then my symptoms came back so I started on it again in February and increased to 40mgs 7 weeks ago, I also think I have some hormonal issues too - as I'm 40 now, so that might be causing the mood swings as well - I'm sleeping much better now which is good, so hopefully the worst is over - just got to keep going! I take capsules - didn't even know they came in a tablet form..X

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      Yes. I swithched because i had been reading that the blue dye in the capsule was causing alot of digestive issues for some. Switching did help a little. I had also been taking probiotics for about 4 months which i stopped because honestly i dont think they were doing any good. They were causing a weird internal trembling. Thank God that has subsided. That could be part of my problem. Just not sure.
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      I doubt it's that to be honest - prozac does cause digestive issues, as all SSRIs do, because most seratonin is made in the stomach so it gets overwhelmed by all the new seratonin until the receptors adjust to it, I get the internal tremor too - though that has eased off - symptoms change quite regularly - yesterday I had weird numbing / pins and needles in tip of my nose! but that's gone today - quite difficult to stay rational when all these weird symptoms are happening, talking to people on here gives me so much reassurance, I take probiotics as well - I try everything that I read might help!!  but really I think you just have to try and stay healthy - don't drink or take pain killers - because that inhibits the perfomance, though I'm sure you know this having been on zoloft, and excercise helps me too x

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      OMG. I had that same nose tingling sensation. Thats really weird. Yes. It is definitely reassuring talking to people who have the same experiences. I have had so many tests. Gallbladder, heart, liver, pancreas, thyroid...ALL NORMAL. Which is great but it didnt give me answers. Looks like my dr. Would know about these side effects. Sertraline didn't give me digestive problems that i can recall. Going to try and tough it out. Glad to know someone else knows the feeling...not that i wish this on anyone.

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      I really don't know whether its just that Doctors are not aware of all the side effects, or that they just don't want to mention them in case it frightens patients - I'm sure they must know that in reality they can take months to work - but I guess they try to give the most optimistic forecast, which is understandable. I've also had all my bloods tested and all was normal - which was actually upsetting, though I feel guilty even saying that, but when you know something is wrong you just want to know what it is!!, so just be reassured it must be these meds...I try to consider myself lucky when there are so many people truly suffering with MS or cancer or something truly awful, we can get through this!! One good thing for going through this is when we do get well again we'll really really appreciate it - I did before and felt happier than ever for knowing how good it felt to just be normal :-)

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      Yes. This is true. I feel really bad for even complaining. Hopefully we will be feeling better than ever! Prayers going up!
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