Unsure about dose

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Today and yesterday have not been so great and I accept there are good and bad days to be had. Although I am feeling better Im not sure if and when to ask about dose being upped. My problem is small things seem like big things and really get me anxious, I have a couple of standard everyday forms to fill in and just the thought panics me, not hugely but enough to get my stomach turning over and the negative thoughts to return, silly things like mopping the floors, I wont rest or stop thinking about it until its done.

I really do know that there are ups and downs to be had and I do feel improvement but I feel that my dose has just 'taken the edge off' Im 44 days in now and still feel that underlying anxiety/low mood that if I was to think about too much would manifest. Will I continue to see improvement? How do you know if your dose is just not quite enough?.

Also if the dose is upped after this amount of time, do you get the side effects all over again?

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    It really is so hard to generalise Alex as everyone is affected so differently! I was like you, in fact I mopped my kitchen floor las Friday for the first time since Christmas week, it just wasn't important! I filled my self assessment in on the very last day, because I just couldn't be botheredI I was 12wks when my tax return needed submitting & 13/14wks in when I eventually mopped my floor! Lol it all sounds so silly but my energy was zilch unless I was meeting friends.

    it was from around wk3 to wk8 I found flux helped me as far as being able to face up to what needed putting right. I was emotionally stable enough to actually do that, so after that felt my life would improve anyway, so what was the point of taking flux as my anxiety was caused by the issue I had managed to begin to put right & all the flux was now doing was draining my energy & motivation to do jobs! I took the decision to wean myself off them, taking one 20mg every other day then every two days. 

    I visited my doctor on Monday & she said I looked like a different person so if I was happy to come off them then to stop taking them completely, which I have.

    Alex, I think you need to go & talk things over with your doctor, it does sound to me that maybe your dosage may need I creasing for a little while in order for you to progress, but I would not like to think you take that decision yourself.

    i have read on this forum that people have increased from 20mg to 40mg & then some to 60mg, I just hope they have with the advise of their doctors.

    i hope you make an appointment to see the doctor but at 44days I'm inclined to think you are just approaching the point where things might start to feel better.

    I hope they do, good luck. ;-) 

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      I'm hoping that too.

      Very happy that you can stop the meds and move forward with your life, I look forward to that time also.

      Thanks fornthe advice smile

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    At 44 days most people would like to be

    On some sort of level knowing that a certain mg of flu is enough

    If your still experiencing niggling anxiety

    Then it's worth going back to your Dr

    And explaining the problem

    I would imagine side effect wise you would only suffer minor then again maybe not

    As the flux is already in your system

    Let us know how you get on

    Regards daz

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      Thanks, I may wait until the 8 week mark, which having read on here is a good time indicator as to feeling a lot better, and if I still feel like I do at thisnstage then I will speak to Dr about upping dose.

      I think also I'm hoping that I don't have to increase and still hoping the next couple of weeks I see further improvement.

      Thanks for the advice smile

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    Hi Alex,

    I love as 6 weeks on fluoxetine and didn't feel any better, in all honesty I felt worse and I stared to feel much more anxious than I had before seeking help for my depression. I revisited the doctor who upped the dose of my fluoxetine from 20mg -40mg and I have started to feel better the last few days. Finally a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

    So my advice would be to make an appointment with your gp and see what they advise.

    I hope you start to see a difference soon

    L x

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      Didn't your anxiety increase after the upped dose?

      I really didn't like how I felt the first few weeks on flu, it was really awful and definitely increased my anxiety. I do feel a lot better and maybe I am expecting too much, its difficult when you haven't anything to compare it with as I haven't ever had this before. rolleyes

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    Hey I am currently on mirtazapine 30mg (anti depressant) and fluxotene (20mg) Im intending to come off the mirtazapine for good and then up the dose of fluxotene. Sounds to me like its starting to work for you but that you might need a higher dose, perhaps 40mg a day. If this doesn't work, keep going back to your Dr, eventually you will find the right one and dose for you. 
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    Hi alex

    Id suggest giving it a bit longer then asking doc in few weeks if no improvement. I noticed improvement around 6-8wks which seems quite common . I upped dose to 30mg around wk 14 but I also had six weeks of medical tests which were dragging me down which are now finished without finding anything too sinister thankfully.

    Whether its relief or increased dose, probably both but at 17wks I've finally been feeling well and like me, having enthusiasm and energy for life again.

    Patience is the most difficult thing when youre feeling so bad but it may be worth sticking with it a bit longer. But you know best how you feel, if it gets too much speak to your dr. It doesnt work for everyone but for me its been a long wait but the flu has brought me back and im glad I perservered without increasing the dose too soon (id rather be on as low a dose as possible).

    Best of luck. By hook or by crook you'll get there it just takes time. In the meantime take care n be kind to yourself.


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