Fluoxitetine worked amazing...now not as good....why is this?

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Hi

I'.m at nearly 4 weeks now on flux (taking it for  a number of things)

I noticed results after just the first week of taking it and it totally turned my life around. I felt positive, motivated less anxious and depressed less anylitical in my thoughts less angry! i just felt like me again after many years of been in the dark, it was a relief that i could actually be happy again...so i ovbously thought wow these thigs work...and it got better on week 2 then on week 3 and 4 its like its totally dropped out and im nearly - not quite - back at square one. Couldnt get up tofay to go see my daughter in her pantomine as my irrational fears have come back. I saw my doctor yesterday and she said it maybe that i need to up my dose from 20 to 40 but she recommends to waist another 2-4 weeks ...but if they worked so well at the beginging and quickly as well, especially when i have read on here that it can take time to see results and i had results almost immedialty...why as it dropped out?? please can someone advise me as i feel as though these pills gave me my life back and made me better, then just stopped working......should i up my dose??

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    I found something similar with my Citalopram! First week horrible, week 2 I was like a new person! So positive and rational and bit less anxious, but then week 3 I wasn't quite as positive and rational..and week 4 was the same! I'm on week 5 now and I've been a bit better (although I have a throat infection which isn't helping!) so I have to phone next week (week 6) so my dr can decide if I need upped from 10mg to 20mg (the normal dose!).

    I think it may depend on your stress levels each week but in general I feel more positive and I hope you do too!!smile

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    Hi Helen,

    I have been on flux 20mgs for over 2 months now. They seemed to have kicked in after 3 weeks and I felt better, but that did not last long, as time went on I felt low again. They do take at least 6-8 weeks to get the full benefit.I am now fully recovered and am back at work after having 6 weeks off. I also go to talk therapy CBT. Hang on in there. May be up yr dose.

    D

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    This is perfectly normal.  Recovery often comes in patches - feeling great, then back down again.  People, and doctors sadly, often mistake this as the meds not working and increase the dose.  This will only give you more side effects, and eventually you'll probably get back to this up and down period again.

    So ..... this is normal.  Some days you may feel good, some days not.  Sometimes you may feel good for a few hours, and sometimes you can feel good for weeks and then suddenly feel you're back at square one.

    Just accept this as part of recovery.  It seems this is how the meds work.  It can last for months, but each time the good feeling will last longer and get stronger and the low feelings will get less and weaker.  You may however, get a really bad low time out of the blue months and months after feeling well.  It can happen.  It doesn't mean your meds have stopped working - it just means they ARE working and it's your body and meds adjusting.

    It will all eventually level out and you'll fell well again.

    In the meantime, just accept this is recovery, it's normal, don't up your dose, just carry on with life as best you can, treat it as a blip ......... it will pass.

    K xx

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      Thanks Kate and all who replyed, its comforting to know that its not because the flux as stopped working.

      I thought though as i elt it work so well early on that it would just keep getting better or atleast stay the same not completely drop out like it as. I'm gonna give it a week or two more before i up my dose though and will keep you all informed on how im doing as to behonest the results in the first week and week 2 were just phenomonal.....i was alot more interactive with my family, more interesed, more energy and i felt socally confident again as for so many years i couldnt bare to be around many people and i had all that back in week 1 and 2 ...i couldnt even get mad! my emotions were more stable and i didnt obsess about every bloody details Grrrrrrrrrr it drove me mad it did...anyway im certainly better than what i was like....hopefully i will get well again and it will be sustainable this time...i hope so, if not for me then for my family.

      Helen x

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      No these these meds don't work like that.  You might feel brilliant but most people they'll drop right back down again.  It can take months and months to recover - took me 3-4 months to start feeling the benefit and then by 6 months so much better.  That first euphoric feeling will come back, and will stay, but you have to be so patient.  Think of recovery in months, not weeks. The wait is worth it though 😊
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      I keep missing words out ..... then pressed reply before I'd finished 🙄

      "Most people will 'find' they'll drop back down again ....."

      You can't hurry recovery - it'll come to you in its own time.  Your body will take a long time adjusting to the meds and levelling out, hence feeling up and down.  Upping the dose or changing meds won't make it work any quicker either.  Sadly it's a waiting game ....... but the end result is brilliant.

      K xx

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      Wow I love your reply to HelenRom's message Katecogs 😊

      It's so good to see such positive advice. I am new to Fluoxetine and your explanation of recovery has really helped me.

      Yes I can be more patient with this now I understand it more.

      Thank you xx

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