i have been on prozac 20 mlg for 4vweeks a week ago my doctor increased it to 30mlg but i still feel

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I have been on prozac 20 mllg for 4 weeks and 1 week of 30mlg.. i still feel depressed is that normal?

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    Hi Jennifer.

    You are only four weeks in. They say Six weeks is when you begin to feel a difference. Stick with it and give it time hun. I've been on them 15 years and they do work. Hope you feel some relief soon.

    Helen. x

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      You will do hun. I don't know your circumstances but I know what it's like to have depression. The cloud will suddenly lift with time. Be kind to yourself and rest as much as you can. Also some gentle exercise like a walk is good. When I was waiting for my six weeks ( or there abouts) to kick in I read a lot. It's difficult to focus on a book sometimes but it helps to train your mind to think of something else.

      Hope this helps.

      Helen. x

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      Because I'm on Fluoxetine I don't feel depressed but sometimes I can feel "down". Usually sometime through the monthly cycle. I mainly have anxiety now due to life's circumstances. We have been through a lot as a family over the years ( illnesses and loss ) And it has had its effect emotionally. 95% of the time I feel I can cope and I know that I wouldn't if I didn't have the help from the Fluoxetine.

      Take care. If you need me to chat to, just post.

      Helen.x

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    Hi Jennifer. ..I am on week 6 I think... 20mg I too am waiting for it to kick in..... any day very soon would be great... I feel maybe slightly better some days

    .Then I may have a reason to be sad..and I get very down again...very down..meh!

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      Yes i heard it does take a while to kick in so im just trying to be patient with the meds... i have faith it will work...
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    Hi Jennifer

    I am now on week 8 and have started to feel better. when I first started, I felt awful. my chest felt tight as ever. anxious. felt tired all day, kept yawning, even 2 cups of coffees did not help waking me up, there were few times I felt like my eyes could close at any second while driving; also lack of motivation. I was really annoyed that my GP did not warn me about these side effects at all. I was advised to take it in the morning, which I did follow for the last 7 weeks, but those side effects were real bad. So I thought last weekend I shoud try taking it in the late arvo/evening. pleased to say that I haven't been feeling as tired or lethargic like when I was taking them in the morning. my chest still feels a bit tight but not as bad. yesterday I felt so relaxed, haven't felt that relaxed for so long which feels really good,

    give it time, it will work 

    take care smile

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    Hi Jennifer

    Yes im afraid that is normal in my experience, around 6-8 wks things improved more noticeably. It took me til around wk 12 to start feeling like myself again but I had medical stuff going on that was dragging me down.

    Now at nearly 18wks I feel fantastic, much better than I have for a long time. I went through hell n back, lots of symptoms n side effects but I was feeling dreadful before so it was all worth it.

    Dont expect too much too soon, if you expect to feel bad for a while anything better is a bonus. Make sure you do some exercise as this really helps.

    Good lyck n I hope things brighten for you soon. Be kind to yourself.

    Vix

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