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Prozac mg questions
« on: February 12, 2014, 06:58:40 PM »
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I have been out of work and out of money for over a year. I'm so upset and my anxiety got the better of me the other day. I went to my GP and she switched me from 40mg Celexa to 60mg Prozac. I thought that dosage was really high after talking to others who only take 20mg/day. Does anyone take such a high dose?
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Re: Prozac mg questions
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2014, 07:17:53 PM »
I thought that dosage was really high after talking to others who only take 20mg/day. Does anyone take such a high dose?

Some people do need high doses. I've always needed doses well above the recommended maximum. With the possible exception of Celexa (citalopram) and Lexapro (escitalopram), the SSRIs are very safe even in massive overdose.

The usual maximum for Prozac (fluoxetine) is 80mg, but there are people taking 100mg and more.

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Re: Prozac mg questions
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2014, 07:20:29 PM »
Some people do need high doses. I've always needed doses well above the recommended maximum.

What determines that?
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Re: Prozac mg questions
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2014, 11:26:56 PM »
What determines that?

A very good question. If someone comes up with a good answer I'll let you know. So far the only one we have is: biology.

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Re: Prozac mg questions
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 08:41:31 PM »
Thanks for the info. I'm a little dizzy from 40mg. It's only Day 2 though. Here's to hoping it subsides soon!
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Re: Prozac mg questions
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 11:07:55 PM »
Thanks for the info. I'm a little dizzy from 40mg. It's only Day 2 though. Here's to hoping it subsides soon!


That's from the extra serotonin. It should settle down soon. If you had it when you began taking Prozac then expect it to diminish a little quicker than the first time.

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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.

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