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Just thought I'd share my experience with this drug.
I was put on 'Prozac' hmmm 5 months or so ago because of mild depression...you know, crying, feeling sad and down....but I didn't have any major mood swings, no suicidal thoughts....I was a pain in the butt to live with but hey, depression get's you like that sometimes...
Anyway...I started off on 20mg a day...after 2 months this was increased to 40mg a day as there seemed to be no real effect. *sighs* I now realise that I became completely under the control of this drug. My moods were and are erratic. I suffer from paranoia, psychosis and obsession. irrational behaviour, aggression, constant headaches, poor sleep, fatigue and eye pain and yes, suicidal thoughts and attempts. The only good side is the weight loss
Probably the worst part of all of this hell is not knowing, not realising what you are doing, believing that you are right and everyone else is wrong, it's almost (I imagine) like schizophrenia....I have lucid moments between the drugs kicking in again.....seeng the pain in loved ones eyes as yet again you rip them apart. I hate it, and it scares me that at times I am not really in control of me.
I have had several 'episodes' where I can only describe my behaviour as 'mad'....and I hate it, hate this 'thing' that I have become on Fluoxetine/Prozac....the last one being yesterday...I am still living with the devastation that particuar one caused!!
And I'm angry, angry that the GP didn't advise me to discuss the effects of this drug with my loved ones who could look for and spot any erratic behaviour....because once in the grip of an episode, everyone else is wrong, you simply do not listen.
I'm still on Fluoxetine, but have halved my dose. This week I am going back to the GP and seeking advice on coming off this drug and seeing what else may help me.
I know that for many, this drug truly is a life saver, but for me and those around me that love me, it has become my personal hell. Before you take any medication, please research it, so that atleast those close to you can understand and know the symptoms to look out for.
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