Fluoxitine Day 13... awful side effects.... help

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Out of the blue around 7 weeks ago, I woke up in the middle of the night by what can only be described as a massive panic attack, totally disoriented and head felt numb, shaking, adrenaline rushing through me, vomiting and severe diarrhoea. Fast forward a few days and I was having multiple panic attacks a day, feeling detached and in a dream like state and shaking. My mind constantly racing with thoughts that don't even feel like my own. After a few weeks of this I eventually went to doctors and she's told me it's severe health anxiety and prescribed me Fluoxitine and diazapam. I'm currently on day 12 and the side effects are absolutely debilitating. I wake up and before I open my eyes the shaking and Nausea kick in. I am a mum and partner and hate my family seeing me like this. I fear every single moment and on the verge of panic constantly. I have a feeling that I'm detached and constantly shaking and want to just sleep, but when I try, my mind races and I become agitated and pace the floor feeling/being sick or running to toilet with nerves. I feel like all my senses are heightened, everything seems loud/bright.... argggg... its unbearable. i have no appetite and have lost 8lbs already. When will these symptoms go? Will I get better? should I keep taking the fluoxitine?

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    Hi there

    yes, what are you feeling is normal, thats the way fluoxetine works, it makes you feel much worse before it gets better.. It is not you, its the medications trying to balance in your body, be patient and take one day at the time, i know how hard it is but it will get better. Soon you will feel better in evenings, like your old self.. And slowly side effects will disappear, you will feel better bit by bit.. Msg me any time you need for support 😃

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      Thanks for taking the time to reply, really appreciate your reassurance 🙏🏻

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