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I'm on day 16 of my 10mg fluoxetine journey but officially only on my 14th dose
These are my current side-effects:- Severe insomnia (I can usually sleep maybe 2 hours and then I wake up and toss and turn the rest of the night).- Nausea/no appetite (When I try to eat I feel even more nauseous and the smell of food makes me gag)- Chills/Feel cold but don't have a fever- occasional shivering/shaking in my legs and arms (mostly legs)- Horrible Headaches- Brain fog- Teeth clenching/jaw pain- Heartburn And my latest symptom is the one that is really bugging me....I started having a permanent lump in my throat. It makes it hard to swallow and eat.I'm a chronic asthmatic so anything that feels like it's blocking my airway makes me panic.
So, are these side effects too much or should I just keep going ? My pdoc tells me to not be a hero but I'm afraid of starting another SSRI because i am very sensitive to SSRIs and have had bad reactions to a few. I was also thinking that maybe this generic is causing most of the side effects because I took another generic for a few months approx. 10 years ago and did not have these side effects at all. Maybe a switch to Prozac would make a difference?
Great post Poppadr3w! Your post offers good natural strategies, employing any one of them can really help.I would like to share an outstanding book - that I am currently applying along with my Prozac with very good results:The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs. I found this book on Amazon with very high ratings from the readers.Using some of these natural strategies - I have successfully reduced my Prozac intake from 40 mg / day to 20 mg /day over the last several months. I am working with my doctor on the goal of completely getting off Prozac (been on it for over 10 years) completely to get rid the sexual side effects of Prozac... but we will see.... If the natural Omega 3 at a high dosages can actually replace Prozac... I have successfully applied:Step 1: Dietary omega-3 fatty acids (taking Omega-3 Supplementation at EPA levels of 2000 mg to improve serotonin and dopamine of the brain).Step 3: Exercise - 30 min brisk walking -with a heart monitor 5x per week.Step 4: Sunlight Exposure Therapy - along with 2,000 IU of vitamin D-3 for mental health.Here is an excerpt from the book:In the chapters that follow, we’ll look at the potent antidepressant effects of six major protective lifestyle elements that we all need to reclaim from our ancestors: • Dietary omega-3 fatty acids • Engaging activity • Physical exercise • Sunlight exposure • Social support • Sleep These six elements form the core of a breakthrough treatment for depression, Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC), developed by my clinical research team at the University of Kansas. TLC is a natural approach to healing depression, with no side effects and no insurance forms to file.Ilardi, Stephen S. (2009-06-02). The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs (p. 9). Da Capo Press. Kindle Edition. reminds of the 6-Step Again, all this shared information, in hopes that it may be of help to anyone who is willing to put a little more work and help themselves without the use of meds. But in closing - Prozac has been a life saver for me! It works! Real life results are difficult to argue with Hope this post helps!