Fluoxetine, stomach and bowel

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Since taking fluoxetine in the mornings my stomach and bowel are still upside down 6 weeks in. I means I can not do anything to start my day until it settles, sometimes it's 5 hrs to be able to go out without having to worry about the loo. All other symptoms have settled in the main but I seem to be stuck with the bowel and stomach problems......

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    Serotonin is controlled in the gut that's why SSRI can cause bowel, stomache problems when initially taken. (When you get anxious or nervous you get nausea etc)

    My stomach settled after 9 weeks, mornubgs were the worse and I still get heartburn but funnily enough I don't get any irritable bowel problems like I used too. I do need the loo more but that's no bad thing.

    Keep going week 9 is generally the settling point eat little and often try not to dwell too much it will exaserbate the anxiety

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    Hi Paul.  I had the same experience with fluoxetine, although I take it at bedtime.  Like you, my problems persisted for several hours, which meant that going out wasn't practical.  I have found that these problems have, for the most part, settled now although it has taken a good 3+ months.  From what I have read on this forum, stomach problems seem to feature quite commonly, although it doesn't make it easier to tolerate!  If you are concerned about the severity of your symptoms, maybe chat to your GP.  I found that by controlling my food content & portion size this helped and I was beginning to despair that my stomach problems would ever go away whilst taking this medication.  Try not to get too anxious.

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      That's exactly how I felt.  On top of feeling anxious and depressed, I had additional anxiety about the stomach problems and used to dread the mornings.  Try to stay positive and try eating little and often, as oppose to big meals.  Take care.

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