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I was prescribed 10mg of Fluoxetine for anixety. I am going to start taking it tomorrow and not sure if I want to. The side affects that some ppl talk about scares me. Will I gradually get them or do they come on when you first take it? How long will it take to make me not so panicked? I have been on zanix as needed. But now have blood pressure issues.

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    It didn't work for me. You will feel the effects a few hours after you take a pill. It turned me into a vegetable in about a week. My anxiety actually got really bad on the meds and that was reason enough to quit. I got SO unmotivated. I quit after a month. I really wanted something to help me as I have health anxiety and it's horrible. I take Ativan 1 mg when I have an attack and don't use it very often, but that helps. Best, 

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    Everyone has a different experience on the meds, and some recover in weeks and others months.  The meds will work for you personnaly in their own time and what one person experiences with side effects doesn't means you'll have the same.  Our bodies are all different.

    10mg is a small dose and you'll probably get some side effects for a few weeks until they ease off.  Increasing doses is best done really slowly - wait until side effects of the current dose have eased before moving up.  Your doctor will help advise too.

    These meds are no overnight fix, but stick with it and you'll find them working for you.

    K x

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    Wow. What a negative comment from Catherine.

    I am half way through week 7 Laura and this is the best I've felt in months. I had reached the point where my anxiety had become debilitating to the point I HAD to do something. I was prescribed fluoxetine and started taking straight away.

    I'm not going to lie to you, it was tough to start with. The first week or so wasn't so bad, but the side effects started kicking in around week two. I used this forum to get through the worst, and quickly realised that there was a definite pattern evolving, and my concerns were just side effects. I'd wake up super anxious, have a bit of cry or two and calm down in the evening. Insomnia, sweaty feet (!) and loss of appetite were all side effects.

    What you need to realise is THIS IS NORMAL. Most of us experience this and it WILL go away. You have to give these meds time. All of us are different, and we all take different timescales to get better. Two weeks ago (week 5) I thought I'd relapsed and went backwards after a sudden unexpected attack. It lasted 10 minutes and I've never had a single attack since. I've started going back to the football again (id NEVER have done that a few weeks ago!)

    What I'm saying is they do work. They are a brilliant medication and have quite literally given me my life back. I'm lucky, it looks like it's only taken 7 weeks. Others may take 10 weeks, or 12 weeks. Hang in there Laura, they do work but please give them a fighting chance!!

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      That's great! But like I said, it will get tough but it is soooo worth it in the end.

      There will be days you think your getting worse, but just try and remind yourself that's supposed to happen. There are days when you you will think it's not working and you'll never get better. Remember, our anxiety issues have often taken months or years to get to the levels they are at now. It takes time to repair and stabilise these levels.

      Take each day as it comes. When your having a bad day, come on here and talk about it. I guarantee someone will have been in exactly the same state of mind and reassure you will come past that moment. The good days will soon outnumber the bad days, then the good days will turn into good weeks.

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      I was, I felt it was/is a great tool and an important part of the healing process. Talking to people who have actually been there or experiencing the very symptoms that we are having makes such a difference!

      Like I said, I'm 7 weeks in and really feel I've turned a corner now. You know what. I'm not even bothered if I have another panic attack!!! I know it's just going to be a blip, I know it's going to go away and I know that it's a physical reaction to a chemical imbalance in my brain! I'm not scared of it anymore. Fluoxetine is a great tool. Don't be scared to use it!

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      Thanks for the encouragement. I just don't like being alone when stuff happens. We just moved to a new state and my Dr is 4hrs away. I know I'll get through this, can't think of the what if s. Right

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