Fluoxetine side effects passed but came bacj

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I have been on fluoxetine now for 6 weeks and to be honest the first 4 - 5 were awful. Anxiety, cold sweats at night, loss of appetite and bowel problems. Last few days have been much better and felt like I had turned the corner, appetite starting to return and feeling less anxiety. Woke today as bad as before has anyone experienced this happening after 5 weeks? Just font want to end up feeling as bad as before......

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    Its normal.  Recovery comes in waves so you will get a fluctuation in your mood for a while yet.  Eventually the symptoms won't come any more and you'll feel well all the time.  

    Just let the feelings be there.  Understand its a blip and it will pass.

    K x

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      Thank you, the anxiety bit has to be the worst and probably causes the stomach and bowel problems. Just got a bit of a shock when I woke a square one again. Thank you for your reply it helps to know......
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      It is a shock to the body when the symptoms come flooding back again and a lot of people at this stage up their medication thinking it will solve it.  It won't.  Whatever dose you're on, most people will get this wave effect.  

      Best thing I found was to relax toward the feelings (hard I know).  Let it be there, know that its part of recovery, know that it will go, go out for a daily walk (exercise is good), eat well, sleep well (if you can), socialise if you can, and in general just take life at a much slower pace ...... and in time you'll begin to notice it'll disappear again.

      These blips will happen time and time again, but they get easier and get less.  Each day, week or month can be different.  Don't be in a hurry to get rid of them because you can't, and it'll make you tense and frustrated which is what anxiety likes to thrive on.

      Recovery can be real slow, but it gets easier as time goes on.  Eventually the blips won't happen anymore.

      K x

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    Ive been on it for 6 weeks first 3 weeks were hell 4th and 5th week were bloody awesome i finally could get out and about. Now week 6 i feel like im back tracking nut like kate said it comes in waves until it adjusts properly... stick to it ive been told.its well worth it!!! Even the one good day you have had is amazing! It shows its working.
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      Thanks for your reply, I will stick with it as you say, having a few good days was great just a shock when the symptoms came back,.
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      See this is what scares me.

      I know I need something to take the edge of this constant anxiety / panic, it's exhausting. But I only lasted 10 days on Fluoxetine and not ready to try another type.

      Not sure i could cope with 4-5 weeks of adjusting to the meds!

      How have you coped day to day with general stuff like work and going out?

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      Its hards thomas i dont know about paul but i had 2 months off work as my anxiety was that bad b4 i started my meds anyhow all i can say is im glad u stuck it out.. you can do it
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      Absolutely i understand but just remember those good days on your bad days and know in a few weeks you wont be feeling this way...
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      I have MS and was on ciprelax for anxiety with MS spasms. I then had a bad year, two deaths, car crash, MS relapse, the dog died operation on bowel. You get the idea changed to sertraline and had the worst time and gave up after losing a stone and a half. Now on fluoxetine and determined to keep going and let it work
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    I know i know, the side effects are awful,i have been on mirtazipine for 3 weeks now, and started feeling more like myself, then these last two days, back to the anxiety and heart piounding upon waking, its terriefying, i am sick of it, one minuete you feel you are on the mend and the next you are back to square one,but i suppose they take a month or two to reprograme the mind all over, thats probaly why we get those horrible feelings coming and going, sometimes i am afraid to go to sleep incase i wake up feeling awful and shaky and weak.i had to get the ambulance here 3 times in 2 weeks with those evil turns and dreadful feelings sweeping over me.i really hope you get well paul, i hope we all do, its a horrible complaint, depression and anxiety, good luck to us all.
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    5 - 6 weeks in and have had my third morning waking up in a cold sweats with anxiety. Its just a morning thing and passes through the day. It is so frustrating that it's not been three days in a row after I thought I was through the worst. My joy is that I have multiple sclerosis and it likes to join in when you are not running right. I am determined to keep going and hope the symptoms don't last much longer. . . .

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