Timeline of weeks for recovery

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I'm probably starting to annoy people here asking for co start reassurance but can someone give me a timeline of when's I can start to expect to feel better because right now I feel sh*t and I'm so sick of waiting and of my anxiety around people which is completely being cause and uproared by the Prozac right now . I feel like I can't escape myself . The frustration is very real .

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    How long have you been on them?

    It took me 12 - 16 weeks to get myself to an Ok state. One year on I feel really good, yes I had.my blip days but I know that how I feel now was worth it.

    Try not to expect a change in feelings tame every day as it comes apprehension causes stress which will exasberate how you feel

    Take care

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    Took me 6 weeks to feel effect i still have days when I feel so anxious and stressed but to feel rather good in myself 6 weeks how long have you been taking it now
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    Hi, unfortunately I'm going through severe side effects from Prozac. Recently switched to it previously was on Zoloft for 2 months and having severe vertigo, vomiting, diarrhea everything. Unfortunately I've been going thru 11 months of chronic illness with my digestive system and this has made it worse. Messaging my doctor to help me know how to return back to the Zoloft safely because as I read online from fluoxetine to sertraline you have to take extra caution because of the half life. She is for some reason ignoring me. I guess what you should do is contact your doctor who prescribed it to you. I know that it has to get worse to get better maybe in your case you can get through this but this is something I definitely cannot stick with. Lost 11 kgs in the past months. Sorry this is happening to you. I bet im annoying people on here too but I would just like an answer. Sigh. I will be saying a prayer for you tonight. Best of luck.

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    Hi kirstie 3 weeks tomorrow smile how do you find them now ? How long have you been on them ?
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      Give it a week or so hun and it shud start to wear off the side effects ive bin on for 7 weeks now and the only time my anxiety kicks in is at night time when my kids wake up and I have to deal with them my days I feel anxious but only because I live in a bad area
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    Thanks for saying a prayer I'll say one for you too smile xx

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    So I found this online when I was looking into the same questions as you regarding timeline.

    Note : I did not write this I got this off another website however sharing to maybe help you and others out.

    Week 1: This week can go either way. Some find almost immediate improvement while other see the side effects (see weeks 2-3) after the first day.

    Weeks 2,3: These are almost always the most difficult. Anxiety and depression can get worse than before the medication. Side effects kick in, these can include sleeplessness, nightmares, diarrhea, nausea, hot flashes, excessive sweating (especially at night), dry mouth, muscle twitches, overall muscle weakness and pain, zero appetite, and very negative mental outlook. My advice is, take these one day at a time and try not to get discouraged, not every day will be bad and better times are ahead!

    Weeks 4,5: Some improvement. The side effects lessen to some point, and there are moments when you start to feel normal. Typically evenings are the best and mornings the worst. Many start playing around with dosage at this point because they are told that the Prozac should be working, my advice: hold the course!

    Weeks 6,7: More improvement. Maybe 50% to 70% better than before starting. There are often blips where you feel just terrible for a few days, but not usually over a week. Some side effects lessen, but also you may get new side effects. Hang in there, you are getting ready to turn a corner!

    Weeks 8-10: Even more improvement. There still are blips, but they are less severe and shorter, maybe 1-2 days. Not normal yet, but getting better day by day. The side effects are usually 75% or so gone. Light at the end of the tunnel!

    Weeks 10-12: Maybe this is wishful thinking for me (I'm not here yet), but this is where most see the best results. Some quotes from this time period: "best in months", "Amazing", "Feel good", "brilliant". Again, this is for the people for whom the prozac did work, not everyone, and for those who stuck to their original dosage. For some, this happens at 7 weeks, for some, 3-4 months. But, from what I have read, 10-12 weeks is the payoff time.

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