Stopped Celexa and Started Prozac

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I made another post a little over a week ago with withdrawal symptoms from Celexa which I was on for about 3 weeks and was not informed with what could happen if I quit cold turkey and I did for 3 days. (I’m only 16 and have never been on a consistent medication and believe my body is quite sensitive towards medication) On day 3, I had a massive migraine, diarrhea, and couldn’t stop crying. I took one the next day and was fine till later that day and had a panic attack and I haven’t been able to shake off the chest pain and anxiety since. (It’s been a little over a week now and it’s constant, 24/7) after that I was on and off it for 2 or 3 days and then went to the ER, they said I’m fine and need to check with my doctor so I did the next day and she put me on Prozac. I feel like I’ve been having side effects with Prozac as well which include hyperactivity, scary thoughts of dying or going to sleep and not waking up, chest pain (still), back pain, aching, so so so many different feelings. I feel so energetic (not the good type of energy) and yet so tired and exhausted. 

I was just diagnosed with PTSD. Unfortunately, my dad had a very unexpected heart attack and I was the one to call the ambulance and do CPR on my father. (Very close father daughter relationship) Sadly, he did not make it. This was just over 5 months ago. I seemed to be handling it well till now. I’m so worried about my health and I have images in my head of me falling over and not breathing or falling asleep and dying in my sleep.

I’m seeing a psychiatrist eventually because the only thing my doctor can tell me is to “keep taking the Prozac” regardless of these terrible side effects.

Someone please assure me that I’m not dying and that my symptoms are normal and will go away with time. I’m mentally and physically exhausted and I overthink all my symptoms... 

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    Ow dear Morgan bless you, your so young to start your life this way... and so sorry you’ve gone through what you did with your dad, my heart goes out to you...

    You say your sensitive to meds?? And if that’s the case, you will defo be like that on Prozac.. the symptoms are alfull at the start of taking this med, sorry to say it can turn you inside out... and all that you are feeling is normal for Prozac... you’ve got to be very strong person to be able to deal with our you will feel taking this med... BUT once it starts to work it is a great med, and all your symptoms will go away ( for me they did) and you will feel good again, but sorry to say it can take 10/12 weeks b4 you see any improvement with prozac... 

    I’m on 60 mg and been on it now for 9 months , and feeling great..

    All I can say is hold on in there, get through the horrid symptom and you will win... but as your sensitive to meds, you may struggle, only time will help you will prozac .. good luck and keep posting on here so we can see how you are going 🤗x

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      Since I’ve been on Prozac for only a week, I decided to just stop taking it all together. I went to my doctors office not wanting to be put on any medication and they insisted on it without informing me on anything. Thank you so much for replying. I don’t know why I have to have constant reassurance. I’d rather be on no medication. I’ve always hated the way medication made me feel. 
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    Hi Morgan so sorry for your loss I also have constant chest pain I'm always thinking of death been to A&E all OK but I'm not reassured I've now been on prozac for 6weeks I can see a small improvement but still have awful days my mind won't shut off I'm exhausted no interest in anything take care keep posting x

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      I’m so sorry you’re feeling this way. I honestly don’t agree with antidepressants (unless they truly help someone. I will definitely not bash someone for their decisions) I went to the ER and Primary Care and all my test came back normal too. It’s a pain. They say it’ll get better with time but I hope now that I decided to stop taking it all together, I’ll be better sooner. 
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