Less than 2 weeks into fluoxetine........struggling.

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Hi there,

I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety 9 months ago and after struggling on with the constant panic attacks over nothing/everything and the constant crying and feeling low I decided to bite the bullet and accept the anti depressants offered by the doctor. They said the first few weeks would be tough but I almost cant bare being this was any longer. I can hardly sleep and when I do I have nightmares. Is this normal with depression/anti depressants? I just cant cope. 

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    Just remember it's takes a few weeks to take full effect. . I take ativan to help with my anxiety until my Lexapro kicks in.. be patient and try to stay positive. . What meds are you on? Good luck to you ❌❌❌
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      Thanks for your response tanya. They gave me pregabalin for just the anxiety but it didnt work for me but thats due to it being depression also, Im now on fluoxetine otherwise known as prozac. I was just about holding myself together at work but since I started them last week thats not been the case. I manage to keep it private but I just cant control the panic attacks. Xxx

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    Anti depressants take a while to get into you're system which is very hard because you want help

    immediately.

    If you feel worse this may be due to the anti depressants. It will stop.

    If you feel you can not cope see your GP who may give you CBT or counselling.

    Keep going you will get there.

    Xxx

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    Hiya... In my experience, the longer you leave itbefore you admit you need the anti depressants, the longer they take to work and the rougher those first few weeks on them are. I took five weeks on fluoxetine this time before i stopped having panic attacks and feeling like there was light at the end of the tunnel! Just take one day at a time, or even a half day and acknowledge and celebrate every milestone even if it is only an hour without anxiety and focus on the positive, you will get there in the end, i promise
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      Thanks tracie that's really helpful to know. I don't know anyone who's had this illness before so its nice to hear promising words from someone who has been on the same medication for it smile xxx
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      You are very welcome... We all look after each other here, this forum has been a godsend to me! Anxiety and depression is awful and any one who has never suffered it can't possibly understand what it is like and how debilitating it is... But.... The good news is with the right treatment, support, therapy etc you will feel better soon and you will learn the signs to look out for and what to do to avoid going too far down next time... It really does get better with time and learning how to handle it!
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    Hi Samantha. 

    Ive just started on fluoxetine. Been on them 2 and a half weeks and some days are worse than others. Ive been diagnosed with GAD. It all started 5 years ago when I hurt my neck. Tingling, Pressure , Sharp pains, Sensitive , Creeping awful feelings all over my head. They are worse when anxious but its constantly on my mind. Ive seen numerous doctors, Chiropractors, Physio and so on. Its been going on 5 year now but my anxiety is worse than ever. So low at the moment. Its like I want to jump out of my skin and dont know where I want to be. All because I decided to come off my old meds of Amitriptiline by myself with no weaninh. BAD IDEA..I felt okay for 4 minths then boom. Panic attack city. Please dont be afraid, Im sure it will right itself soon..xx

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