Extremely anxious about taking Fluoxetine!

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Hi, I'm an 18 year old female and last year I was diagnosed with depression and also anxiety & panic disorder. I have tried many things such as CBT etc however nothing seemed to help and so my doctor had put me on propranolol. After a few weeks of taking this my anxiety did seem to decrease but unfortunately my depression just seemed to worsen, my doctor has now decided to prescribe me with Fluoxetine (same as prozac). I have read the leaflet the medication comes with and it seemed to scare me abit (I do understand that with every medication comes possible side effects but with suicidal thoughts being one is extremely frighting as I already suffer from this and dont want it to get worse). I also havent been told anything positive about taking this drug of people who are close to me. I was wondering if anyone who has taken this could share with me their experiences on it?

Much appreciated!

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    Hi

    I avoided taking anti deps but was citalopram not Prozac because the horror stories I had heard about side effects I admit the first couple of days were tough as your body gets used to the change that is happening,I had one day after about 3 days that I felt I couldn't get any lower and my mind was like a fog but I stuck with it and after about a week I felt so much better I couldn't believe the difference it was like someone had turned the sunshine on !! My advice try them see how u go and remember if u feel bad it's normal it will pass

    Good luck

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    I'm glad you found something that works for you. Thanks for the feedback!
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    The benefits will always outweigh the side effects and remember you will know in your mind it's the start of the meds working this helped me get through the dark couple of days and that's all it was so be patient and you should get somewhere
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    Yeah I'm glad someone has finally told me something more positive, I was starting to loose all hope. Thank you smile
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    No one ever puts any positives on that's y I posted one about the plus points on an earlier post called citilopram sick of negativity hav a look
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    I just took a read, it was very helpful and I hope I have a positive outcome such as yourself
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    Good keep in touch and hope you get some positives
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    Hi Victoriajessica,

    I can only say good things about Prozac, I went on it few years ago for very bad depression. I was on it for a year and I can honestly say I didn't have any bad side affects and it gave me my life back. I was the same as you though read nothing but bad things. But all I can say is give it a few weeks because it does take a few weeks to start working.

    Karen

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    Think you should realise depression is a chemical imbalance not just a state of mind the best way of treating it is with medication these are not physc drugs it is ssri which enables the body to up the production of serotonin the lack of which is contributing to the feeling of depression! Serotonin contributes to everything from good moods to sleep and appetite I recommend the medical route but if some kind of counselling helps do that aswell
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    Hi Victoria, My doc prescribed Venlafaxine which has worked wonders for me no side affects at all . But I suppose it depends on the type of people we are.

    mertazapine didn't do anything for me the the withdrawal is horrific. Just be careful and get plenty of advice. Don't suddenly stop any meds I had diazapam and temazapam to help transition.

    Hope things get better.

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