Prozac for depression and anxiety

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Hi everyone I need some help please, today was my first day on fluoxetine 20mg is now 12am and I can't sleep, I have a 3 month old that will wake up to eat in 3 hours, my body feels shaky and a lot of anxiety, I took half of alprazolam to help me relax, cried all day and I'm very tired and sleepy but my brain won't shut down, the past 3 days I been having suicidal thoughts, but I have 5 beautiful kids that need me, will this medicine help me get rid of this horrible thoughts? I know it will take time but I just want to feel better, I'm desperate, I feel like I can't take it anymore, I will also start therapy next week, but I need help please. Thank you.

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    Hi dana84408,

    We note from a recent post which you have made to our forum that you may be experiencing thoughts around self-harm. If we have misinterpreted your comments then we apologise for contacting you directly. But if you are having such thoughts then please note that you are not alone in this, and there are people out there that can help. 

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    Their contact details are on our patient information leaflet here: https://patient.info/health/dealing-with-suicidal-thoughts, which also offers lots of other advice on how you can access the help you may need. 

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    Dana, when I stared out on fluoxetine 20mg I had the exact same symptoms; including unrelenting nausea, and heightened anxiety too.  Miserable...  I kept reminding myself that this was temporary and my body chemistry is simply adjusting to this powerful medication and that this would eventually subside and I’d feel better.  And it did!   It may be that this is not the right medicine (fit) for you, but I do know that most ADs have an initial period (usually 3-6wks) whereby you experience degrees of side effects.  Important: Make sure and stay in contact with your doctor/therapist to work with you.  Also, try to incorporate some other techniques to help comfort you (if you can fit it in).  Ie: Mindfulness and meditation, yoga/exercise, breathing and relaxation techniques etc.  You have your hands full I know, and it’s good your reaching out, asking questions, and sharing.  Keep doing that.  Please know that there are a lot of people here that care, have firsthand knowledge/experience of what your going through, and want you to overcome.  Don’t give up.  We can do this together...
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      Yes I went to the doc today and he told me to start at 10mg for a week, and then 20mg abd eventually 40mg, thanks for your help.
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      Tsea, how long till it settled for you? I’m on day 2 if 20mg. I was on 10mg for 10 days before that. I feel terrible. Nausea, insomnia and hightened anxiety.
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    Dana-please hang in there.  Fluoxetine 20 mgs made me a happy person!   Life was so good on it.  Give it a little time.  I know it’s so hard considering what you are going thru.  And yes please keep in touch with your Doctor & therapist & us.  We are here for you always.  

    xxx

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    hi everyone...I started 10 mg 3 days ago and HAD to get off. my anxiety and nervousness from it was OFF THE CHARTS. I had to take klonopin to finally fall asleep. I am on my first day of not taking it (was only on 3 days) and still feel terrible. any ideas for help with these awful side effects?
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      I had a similar experience before on a different SSRI. Unfortunately just allow it to pass until it’s out of your system. You can try Diazepam or something like that to get some relief in the meantime.
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      The SSRI I took had a shorter half life than Fluoxetine. You’ll start to feel better each day that passes and you should be all good by one week on Fluoxetine I’d say x
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      Yes... I had to. Horrific anxiety. I just couldn’t deal with it. No sleep, not eating, racing thoughts, couldn’t sit still, etc. 
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      Well, I’ve been off 4 days now and am slowly getting better. Today I just had a little anxiety for about 3 hours and am still very hypervigalent. It was the worst experience of my entire life. The first two days after getting off were hard.
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      Rylee- were you able to stick out the Prozac? I felt good for about 2 days and then back down hill with the anxiety and severe restlessness. :-( I still feel just as awful. any update from you??
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      I had 4 days of feeling like my old self and then crashed with panic and feeling low again. Everyone is telling me to keep going so that’s what I’m doing and just hoping it works.
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