Switching from Sertraline to Fluoxetine, advice?

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Hi everyone, I started on 50mg of Sertraline last month for depression but found it had lots of side effects, which made me feel a lot worse. I was on the 50mg for 6 weeks but couldn't take how awful I was feeling so have been on 25mg as of last week. The side effects have since reduced greatly and this drug is clearly not for me. I saw my doctor and she prescribed 20mg of Fluoxetine but I am unsure of the best way to switch over to it. I am considering just switching straight over because I have only been on Sertraline for 7 weeks and the last week I've been on the lowest dose. I don't know if this is the best thing to do though. I have seen differing suggestions, which has left me confused.

Can anyone advise me on the best way to switch?

Thanks!

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    Hi,

    I was also on Sertraline for depression but my anxiety levels seemed to go through the roof. After a few months my gp changed me over to fluoxetine and I swapped straight overnight. I feel much better with depression and anxiety.

    Mike.

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    Hi,

    Good luck with that, watch out for any reactions, I was okay.

    Mike.

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    Hi,

    Good luck with that, watch out for any reactions, I was okay.

    Mike.

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    The same thing happened to me. However, I was slowly taken off the Sertraline and slowly placed on fluoxetine. Eventually I was off the sertraline and now i am on fluoxetine but it takes about 8 weeks to work.

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