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Hi, I'm a 30 year old male and I was taking fluoxetine for severe anxiety and ocd. I was on fluoxetine for 2-3 years and was satisfied with what it gave me.
Suddenly after 2-3 years, the drug wasn't working like it once did. For no reason (no trauma, stress, life event), my anxiety took over and my ocd returned. At the same time, sexual dysfunction almost disappeared. And, I developed severe insomnia (getting to sleep and staying asleep) and this sleep problem is what has made things incredibly difficult for me. All of these things happened quite quickly.
So, I told my doctor and he upped the dose. I returned to my doc and told him that it hasn't helped, he upped the dose to the max dose. Spending another month at the max dose didn't help. So, I returned and he put me on Paxil. Paxil helped, but very little. After 6 weeks we reached full effect and it was a minimal improvement (had Paxil worked, I would've put up with the side effects, but it didn't work). I then tried citalopram for a month and it didn't work. And then, I tried mirtazapine for a month. Mirtazapine helped me with sleep but I had severe memory problems whilst on it. Also, I felt groggy all day.
I retuned to my doc and he started me on Zoloft. I'm on Zoloft and have been on it for 8 weeks. It has helped me, BUT my insomnia is very much still a huge problem. I have trouble falling asleep and despite being chronically sleep deprived, I cannot sleep more than 4-5 hours of interrupted sleep.
I don't know what to do anymore. I never had insomnia before beginning fluoxetine, never. I feel, that fluoxetine has rewired my brain and that this is what I'm left with. Three psychiatrists i have visited, none helped. I had more success with my family doc.
Any advice on what's happening to me is appreciated.
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