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Hi guys, I wanted to share some of my side effects I've been having while on Fluoxetine 20mg a day. I wanted to go into more detail about my side effects as I feel most do not share enough details for others to relate.
First off, Im a 23 year old male, living in the States. I am on "prozac" for OCD and an Anxiety Disorder. I suffer from Emetophobia. For those of you that do not know what that is, in a nut shell it's Hell. The fear of vomiting. The fear of falling ill with the Stomach Flu, drinking alcohol, touching door knobs, TRYING NEW MEDICATION, eating at restaurants, being trapped without a car if someone gets sick and you have to leave but cant, the list goes on and on. With my Emetophobia you can understand that having panic attacks when i feel a stomach gurgle or a gas bubble is a normal thing. Because of the listed side effects of Fluoxetine, I was very afraid to have side effects mainly related to stomach issues from the drug.
Anyway, here is what I have experienced with Fluoxetine after 13 days of taking it. Right away on night 2 I experienced insomnia. This next one might have been caused from anxiety, but 2 days of diarrhea. NO stomach pains, just my entire GI flushed itself clean. I would wake up early in the morning "before I normally would" and have diarrhea, nothing all day, then the next morning, diareaha. Other than that the first week was pretty uneventful. Around day 5 I noticed that my anxiety went DOWN. but i felt "low" (I am not a depressed person, but I'd say this made me feel lower than normal like a Sunday blues feeling.) I just kinda wanted to lay and watch youtube all day. Now on day 13, I am feeling a bit more side effects. No depression, Low anxiety, Mild stomach aches "mainly at night and in morning" almost like hunger pains, but even after you eat. Lump in throat at night. No appetite during day, and high appetite at night, EXTREME YAWNING with jaw clenching after each yawn. almost a painful, strong yawn and every time ends with jaw clenching. Chest pain, like a soar tight chest pain. Still suffering from Insomnia. irritable to normal stressful things light loud noises set me off, crowded areas, fighting, things like that. For side effects thats really it.
I can say that I don’t really feel "myself" but I know that this takes time. I can go to work, I can see my friends, I can laugh and belly laugh like before. It has not brought me down any, just kinda dampened what I use to be. If anyone else is having a similar experience, please let me know.
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