Fluoxetine struggles

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I'm on day 27 on 20mg per day, and it's been a hell of a ride (been so sick with SE). It's being used to teat anxiety which has lead to insomnia. 

I have started to notice some changes i.e. not scared of going to bed and sleep has marginally improved over the last couple of nights. 

My anxiety has been crazy (worse than before Flu), but I'm hoping this is starting to ease. 

Is this a typical timeline for recovery and what should I expect over the upcoming week or 2? 

Thanks 

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    Craig

    Its took me a good 12 weeks to get over all the side effects and eventually lose my anxiety and panic. I have been on 20mgs for 10 months and it has been marvelous for me, getting the best results from Flou means being patient, it alters the chemical balance in the mind so our bodies are always going to resist for a time.

    Keep talking on here it really helps

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    Hi Craig,

    I hve been on fluoxetine for 18 months. It took a good 8 weeks for the meds to kick in properly. I went through hell and back with insomnia, feeling sick, lost appetite, terrible anxiety and just cld not be alone either, but eventually the meds worked and i felt great.

    Hang on in there and you will come through this train crash feeling.

    D

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      Thanks Deborah, this is exactly what i'm going through, but I'm determined to get there for my family (and myself). 

      I have plenty of local support from my sister who is currently staying with me which is so good of her. A week ago I thought I was never going to be 'normal' again, but today has been really good. 

      Let's hope I continue to see improvement... 

      Thanks 

      Craig 

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    Hi Craig,

    for me the first 4 weeks were also the worst, the anxiety was much worse than before fluoxetine, I felt even suicidal and had crazy anxious shivers.

    In weeks 5-6 I started having some calmer times suddenly. Usually they would be in the afternoon, when for a few hours I would feel more calm and detached, like none of the problems matter really. Those were the first recovery signs. And then I perhaps had one or two days in those weeks, especially when distracted by company of nice friends, when I was not feeling that anxious. But it would still alternate with hours and days of really bad blips that made me feel completely hopeless about recovery never coming... now I know this was normal. So my strongest piece of advise to you would be to try to expect blips after any improvements and if possible try to accept them as normal and retain hope. In weeks 7-8 I started having about 50% time without anxiety and now my 9th week was perhaps 70% anxiety free.

    We need to give the recovery longer time. Perhaps 12 weeks or so, as most people on here say. These forums have been a life saver for me!

    All the best!!!

    Luci

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      Thanks Luci, appreciate your comments and support. I'm glad to hear you are improving also...it's such a long and challanging road. I am starting week 5 tomorrow, and I have also noticed some clarity and calmer timers which is great. I'm new to this and it's fair to say that this whole process has really scared me (and my family). 

      All the best and take care!

      Cheers 

      Craig

       

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