New to Fluoxetine - week 3

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Hello all,

I've dealt with anxiety since I was a very young child (mostly social, but also generalized) depression came in my pre-teens. I used talk therapy to help my depression as a teen. But now as an adult in my late 20's my anxiety is crippling and my depression hit an all time low. I finally reached out for help and my doctor prescribed me 20mgs of Fluoxetine.

The first day I took it I felt high- happy, very sleepy and not a care in the world. But that was a temporary feeling (thank goodness as I didn't want to feel out of it). I have less racing thoughts, I have more energy throughout the day, I don't feel so down either. But I feel very physically anxious and this past week I woken up daily at 4am with deep pit of anxiety in my stomach. I've read it gets worse before it gets better but I really don't want to feel like I'm on the verge of a melt down anymore.

Also, I eat less. Which is fine with me. But does the anxiety take a little longer to get over?

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    hi elio . im at week 5 and im having the same issue only i wake up at 1 on the morning and cant sleep . just worry that im not working and will i ever feel better . not to give you any further worry but want you to know your not alone . hope things get better for us both .

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    I'm with you too guys. The waking up does get better and meditation to help relax you and get back to sleep helps but I'm struggling some days when working but I keep telling myself it's got to get better. Hope you both feel better soon too

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    Hi Ellie,

    your symptoms are normal. I am also in my late 20s but was recently diagnosed with panick attacks and anxiety disorder.

    I began on 10mg fluoxitine 2 months ago and the first two weeks were horrible - never slept, did not eat, my anxiety was 100% worse, and every other symptom there is. but going into week three was a whole new world, all the side effects decreased and by week 3 i was feeling like my old self again. i am now on week 9 and just encountered a blip of anxiety but not nearly as bad as It was. dont get discouraged and hang in there! definitely got worse before it got better!!

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    Hi Ellie,

    I am in week two of 20mg Fluoxetine and I also wake up at 4-5am with that deep pit of anxiety in my stomach. It's AWFUL. Excruciating in fact. Not sure how much more of this I can take 😦

    I hope things are easing for you and you turn a corner soon.

    Lucy x

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    Hi Ellie,

    I am in week two of 20mg Fluoxetine and I also wake up at 4-5am with that deep pit of anxiety in my stomach. It's AWFUL. Excruciating in fact. Not sure how much more of this I can take 😦

    I hope things are easing for you and you turn a corner soon.

    Lucy x

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    Hi Ellie,

    I am in week two of 20mg Fluoxetine and I also wake up at 4-5am with that deep pit of anxiety in my stomach. It's AWFUL. Excruciating in fact. Not sure how much more of this I can take 😦

    I hope things are easing for you and you turn a corner soon.

    Lucy x

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