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I have had chronic depression for many years, but only recently sought help for it. I went to the gp about a year ago, after having a breakdown at work. He put me on Citalopram. I was ok on it, but the side effects werent pleasant...I couldnt sleep, and felt the effects weakening over time, and eventually ended up on 60mg, with much the same results, so decided to try Fluoxetine.
I have been taking it for around five weeks, but I am still having depressive symptoms, namely bad anxiety attacks, feeling down, and have a very short temper. I havent noticed much in the way of side effects, apart from a dry mouth at night, some dizziness, and some persistent headaches.
at the end of the week i have to try and persuade my employers to take me back, or at least negotiate for them to keep my job open even though i wont be getting any sick pay as i have been off for a year.
Does anyone here on fluoxetine manage to work full time? and going from the above would anyone be able to advise whether i should think about upping the dose to 40mg. It doesnt seem to be doing much for me, but i am tired of my head feeling like a chemical waste dump, and am hoping i can get by on a low dose forever maybe.
Ive seen a counsellor, which didnt work out at all well, and have been on a stress management course which helped a little. sorry for rambling on, am just getting scared that this is the second ssri i have been on and im still feeling bad.
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