It has been almost two weeks (This coming Monday) since I've been on my new medicines.
I was on Paxil (generic) for a couple of weeks prior if you all remember, and then I went to a my Psychiatrist and he put me on the Prozac in a stepped regiment and Propranolol 10mg 3x/day. The Prozac are 10mg tablets, but he told me to break it in half the first four days and increase it 5mg every four days. So 5 then 10 then 15, then 20 and finally 25. I just started 20mg tonight.
I'm still feeling... Out of it. Kind of even moreso, and I still get anxious. I feel the beta blocker helps a lot for the physical aspects of the anxiety (Most of the time, at least). He also said I can still take Xanax as needed, so I'll take .25mg in the morning usually or later in the day if I need to.
How much longer do you think it'll take the Prozac to take effect? I am starting to feel a bit depressed (Especially today). I feel like I am missing so much and that time is going by so fast, so that compounds the feelings of sadness. My girlfriend is out bowling with some friends tonight, and I am stuck here... She understands, but I want to, you know, be out there enjoying myself. I am 25 and this has been going on for some time now (On and off, but for the past couple of months it has been to the point where I don't feel well enough to even go out to any social places). Last year for my birthday after my anxiety flared up I didn't do anything, really. That was before I knew it was anxiety -- I thought it was gastrointestinal.
Any advice? I also take it at night, although I don't feel that it makes me sleepy. I figured that'd be best just in case it were to when I first started taking it.
Also, would taking the Paxil for two weeks prior and then switching to the Prozac make the Prozac take longer to work in any way or mess with it?
Like I said, I just want this stress gone... These feelings of stress. If I go out I feel like my chest tightens, it gets harder to breathe and I'll even, at times get bad acid reflux. In February I had such a bad attack that I couldn't eat or drink anything without getting chest pain.
I've had all of the testing done... CAT Scan, MRI (Head), Cranial Doppler, Endoscopy, EKG, Stress Test, Holter Monitor, Echocardiogram, Stomach Sonogram. I've been to so many specialists - Gastroenterologists, Psychiatrists, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, General Physicians, Orthopedists, Urologists, and to the hospital many-a-times. I feel like I am going crazy with this. On one hand I am glad that nothing can be found, on the other hand I am getting upset that, well... There's nothing definitive causing my symptoms. At least with an ulcer or something physical it can be seen... This seems to be psychological with physical manifestations.
Sorry for the rant.