Fluoxetine and internal vibration help!!

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I been on fluoxetine for 17 days now, first week on 10mg second week on 20mg I think I'm gonna quit fluoxetine and try something else, I can't take the internal vibration anymore, it feels like if I'm gonna get a seizure, even my brain vibrates, I read that it could be serotonin syndrome which freaks me out, will talk to my doc tomorrow, any thoughts on this? Have this happened to anyone?

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    Hi Dana,

    17 days is very early days yet. This is a side effect I had a slew of different ones until about 5 weeks in. Then they started settling down. I’ve been on Prozac now for 10 months and have my life back... I do still have times when I feel buzzy (as I call it). I can generally determine why too (usually too much sugar).

    Keep a journal everyday of your side effects. It will help you see the improvement because it happens so slowly. 

    Take good care of yourself and be patient - but do talk to your doc. I hope he/she is a good resource for you.

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    yes to me. Flupxetine does cause spasms and seizures plus fast heart rate etc.
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    meant to say that fluoxetine is hell to get off so best to ask your dr to stop it than to become trapped into continuing to use it. It hasn't got a good reputation. x

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      Fluoxetine is suppose to be one of the easier drugs to get off of because of its long half life as compared to Effexor which had a very short half life.  

      I loved fluoxetine for many years. It treated me well.  Low dose 20 mgs.  I’ve never heard that it had a bad reputation but everyone responds differently to different drugs.   I stupidly weaned myself off of fluoxetine after 13 yrs thinking I didn’t need it anymore.  Trying now to get back on it starting at 5 or 10 mgs.  

      Dana-let us know how you are doing.  

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      Barbara I think fluoxetine is wonderful I took it in 2015 for a little over a year it help me a lot, I tapered down I got off of it because I didn't like the idea of being on medication😏 I had a baby 4 months ago and got postpartum depression and anxiety really bad and now my doc prescribed it again but I'm having the worst side effects and I can't handle them, so I will try something else, but it sucks because when I took it for the first time in 2015 I did not get this vibration side effect and I was hoping it would work again.

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      Oh wow.  Didn’t know you used it before & it was great for you too.  I’m hoping I can get back on it because I’m on Effexor now & I hate it. My doc wants me to start a low dose Prozac “bridge” & will hopefully help so I can withdraw very slowly from the Effexor with minimal side effects. 

      To be honest with you I really want to try the no medication route.  And if I have occasional anxiety can take Xanax.  

      I have never been diagnosed with depression nor anxiety. 

      It was my Ob Gyn that put me on Prozac in 2005 for some reason possibly PMDD & hot flashes.  And the side effects of these drugs are sometimes worse than the original condition.  Of course everyone is different & some folks do need meds for their specific conditions.  

      I myself think I may be better off just trying to get off of everything. 

      Please keep in touch with me.  I would love to know that you are doing well.   And you will be fine as soon as you & your doc can work this out.   There is always hope. 

      xx

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      Congratulations Barbara!! There was a time that I also was having hot flashes and all this kind of menopause symptoms back in 2015, I'm only 36 now but yeah it's weird that they would put you on prozac for those symptoms, is always good to get a second opinion, I always do, hopefully today I can get the right medication for me, will keep in touch.

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