First time taking Fluoxetine...

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today I was diagnosed with OCD and have been given 20mg fluoxetine to take. 

I'm a little nervous due to the side effects..

moreover, I've got 3 days of training starting next Tuesday...this gives me 5 days for the tablets to get into my system and the side effects to you think that's possible? 

Any advice ice would be really appreciated!

thank you all in advance, 

liam biggrin 

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    Liam, everyone is different. Some experience little to no side effects and some can experience them for several weeks. Fluoxetine is a very slow medication to get into your system, which should make it easier to go onto and come off of.

    Personally my SE's were nausea, lightheadedness and some GI issues(mainly cramps and the "runs"). They wore off after a couple weeks. I wouldn't worry too much and you'll probably know within a day or two if they are manageable.

    Good luck with your med!

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    Good luck with everything Liam. As others have said not everyone has side effects so maybe you will be lucky and you are on a low dose aswell Stay strong. cheesygrin
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    No problem. I know it makes me feel better knowing I am not alone and can talk with like minded people. cheesygrin
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    Dear liam19509, 

    Side effects vary. On average, side effects take four to six weeks to subside. Fluoxetine can take up to six weeks to take effect, whereby you can see change in your mood, etc. Do not stop taking without Doctor's advise. 

    Remember, you're not alone! All the best!



    • Posted

      Thank you for the kind words, Janne.

      It's nice to know I have people to talk to who are going through the same as me!

      It's very much appreciated!

      Liam smile x


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