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Re: Fluoxetine Side Effects
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2014, 07:59:49 AM »
The problem is that most Psychiatrists don't deal with natural herbs and such, so they don't know much about the potential interactions

I don't see anything there that is of concern, but then I'm not convinced most are worth the money. Powdered juices aren't as good as the real thing, a good steak beats protein powder hands down, can't say I noticed Maca doing anything when I took it for a few months, nor do I think branched-chain amino acids have any more benefit that what you get from a normal diet. I don't know whether the L-Arginine will help.

Ian

I know nothing is good as the real thing when it comes to fruits and vegetables, but these capsuels are really good overall. My Father distributes them, so I don't pay for them anyway.
I drink the protein powder post workout and sometimes a quick snack. It's just more convenient, although I know steak or chicken has more nutritional value.
I heard Maca is hit or miss. Some people love it and others say that it did nothing for them. I figure it's worth a shot. I just wanted to make sure that it doesn't hurt me with the medications. The Psychiatrist looked it up in his database (Some popular program for doctors) and he said it *SEEMS* safe, but I always like to ask around regardless.
The BCAAs I love. I drink them while working out to help prevent muscle catabolism since my workouts can be rather extensive. It also has the Vitamin B Complex that helps give me energy, especially since I no longer take any of those pre-workout drinks due to bad experiences. :(
I also like the L-Arginine. I don't know if it helps with the sexual side effects, but I feel it helps with my workout and my vascularity. Plus, it's relatively cheap when bought by itself in powder form.

I'm kind of excited about the Strattera. Every morning I wake up OK, but when I get in my car and start driving I feel out of it. I get to my destination fine, but I feel like my subconscious is in control. It's the same thing when I walk around at work and such sometimes. I'll feel "out of body." Not in a sense that I am floating around the room like a ghost, but I have these higher thoughts and perceptions. It's hard to explain. My concentration/focus is scattered. I used to be able to write very well and debate and create elaborate stories, now I feel like I can barely conjur up these posts lol. I have minimal motivation and I am quite tired often. Hopefully it helps with that.

My anxiety is down. Not completely, but substantially. At my worst I couldn't even eat, I had stomach pains, and nausea would set in quitre frequently. My chest would tighten and it'd get hard to breathe. I still get some panic attacks, but I feel that most of the time I can work through them much easier. It's a work in progress, and I assume that since I just dropped down to 45mg of Prozac from 50mg that my body is still getting accustomed to THAT dosage. Since I dropped down I feel a bit more tired overall.
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Re: Fluoxetine Side Effects
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2014, 07:49:35 AM »
It has been over a week since I dropped my dose from 50mg to 45mg. I still feel kind of out of it and tired. The muscle spasms are still there, although they are sometimes less frequent. If I am active or in the gym I don't have them (Or notice them), but if I am sitting at my desk at work or something, then I feel them. They still are in my extremities, mostly my hands, ankles and knees.

My cognitive abilities are still hindered a bit. I still feel like I am on auto-pilot. I'm not enjoying myself like I thought I would by now. I feel somewhat numb. I am rarely happy, but I am also rarely sad. I get anxious, that's about it. I can't cry, even if I want to.

I am trying to keep more of an open mind, since there are positives to being on the medicine as well. I can actually go out now. Before I couldn't go to the supermarket without getting a panick attack within a few minutes, but I went there the other day and was relatively fine. Sometimes I'll get dizzy and feel slightly out of it, but I didn't get the tight chest and shortness of breath feeling. I've also since gone out to eat with my fiancee, been to social gatherings, have had people over my house, and so on. I'm hoping that things get even better. I do find myself napping more often now, though, whereas at 50mg I seemed to have that jittery feeling that seemed to be more energy.

Is there anything else I should be doing?
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Re: Fluoxetine Side Effects
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2014, 08:17:54 AM »
It has been over a week since I dropped my dose from 50mg to 45mg. I still feel kind of out of it and tired. The muscle spasms are still there, although they are sometimes less frequent.

Prozac has such a long half-life than not much will have happened in a week. It will take 12-24 days for plasma levels to stabilize at the new dose, so you need to be more patient.

Ian
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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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Re: Fluoxetine Side Effects
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2014, 08:42:43 AM »
It has been over a week since I dropped my dose from 50mg to 45mg. I still feel kind of out of it and tired. The muscle spasms are still there, although they are sometimes less frequent.

Prozac has such a long half-life than not much will have happened in a week. It will take 12-24 days for plasma levels to stabilize at the new dose, so you need to be more patient.

Ian

Good morning from NY Ian!

Thanks for the response as always. I understand what you're saying with the side effects such as the muscle spasms, but can the drop in medication also cause this fatigue and increase in mental fog? I'm used to trudging through side effects, as much as I hate it... It's a necessary evil.
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Re: Fluoxetine Side Effects
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2014, 05:36:20 PM »
I understand what you're saying with the side effects such as the muscle spasms, but can the drop in medication also cause this fatigue and increase in mental fog?

I don't think it's because of the dose change. It's too early for that to have made much difference, plus 5mg isn't that big a change. It is more likely to be psychological.

Ian
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Re: Fluoxetine Side Effects
« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2014, 07:49:32 AM »
I understand what you're saying with the side effects such as the muscle spasms, but can the drop in medication also cause this fatigue and increase in mental fog?

I don't think it's because of the dose change. It's too early for that to have made much difference, plus 5mg isn't that big a change. It is more likely to be psychological.

Ian

That's what I heard from someone else as well, but I was hoping that it was the drop in the dosage. Ever since I"ve been quite tired.

I think I am going to take my Propranolol a bit later after waking up or something. I've been trying to take Maca Root and I think it set off an anxiety attack yesterday, but other days I feel fine taking it.

Also, my Strattera should be coming in soon. That's another journey I am not looking forward to. 18mg to start, which is low, I know, but reading some of the reviews... <_<
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Re: Fluoxetine Side Effects
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2014, 08:39:16 AM »
I also want to say that another thing that I lack, aside from avid focus and concentration, is motivation. I don't feel motivated to do anything anymore. When I was younger in high school (25 now) I felt this... power, it's hard to explain, within. Like I had this ultimate purpose to change the world through some means. Now that feeling is totally gone. Even months ago I'd feel motivated to go the extra mile at work, clean my desk, do extra work... Now I feel like just doing the bare minimum. I think it's because I feel tired, too. Fatigue + Lack of motivation + Lack of mental clarity = ... sadness.

I just thought I'd throw that out there as well.
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Re: Fluoxetine Side Effects
« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2014, 09:24:12 AM »
When I was younger in high school (25 now) I felt this... power, it's hard to explain, within. Like I had this ultimate purpose to change the world through some means. Now that feeling is totally gone. Even months ago I'd feel motivated to go the extra mile at work, clean my desk, do extra work... Now I feel like just doing the bare minimum. I think it's because I feel tired, too. Fatigue + Lack of motivation + Lack of mental clarity = ... sadness.

You've given a fairly good summation of depression. I think you need to discuss all of this with your doctor asap.

Ian
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Re: Fluoxetine Side Effects
« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2014, 08:26:09 AM »
I'll tell him in a couple of weeks when I go back. It's been rough lately. At 50mg of Fluoxetine I started to feel better somewhat, but I also had side effects so I was told to bring it down a bit... So I did, to 45mg. Now I lack energy and I feel zoned out. I think I've said it before, but if I am driving I get to my destinations fine, but I feel like my mind and body are acting on instinct rather than full-on concentration. Like on the highway I'll maintain speed with traffic, brake if necessary, use my blinker to switch lanes and exit onto the service road, but I don't feel like I am thinking about it. Same thing at work if I am doing paperwork. It's like I cannot tap into my cognitive abilities. I feel stupid. I know I am not stupid, but it's like there is a roadblock there.

Today I feel pretty sick. My chest aches (I think it's from an injury last year that never healed completely or correctly along the costosternal joint), I have a sense of nausea, I'm tired... again. But I trudge into work. I took off next Monday and Tuesday, so at least I'll have an extended weekend. I took a Xanax (.25mg) and I'll take my Propranolol a bit later so I'm not too tired.

I'm hoping the Strattera helps out, although I fear the (initial) side effects. I never wanted to take medication to begin with, and now I am taking 3-4 medications. I fear for my safety, and I do have bad thoughts (Not suicidal). For example, I woke up this morning at 5AM (This has been happening a lot lately), despite me having to be up by 6-6:15AM. I'll use the bathroom and lay back down, but then I thought about my parents and what if one of them had passed away overnight (Early 60's). They are in pretty good health overall, but I always have that fear, which may stem from my service in the fire department (volunteer) where I had seen people just pass away - people younger than my parents. I brushed the feeling off and went back to bed for an hour (I do cherish sleep!).

I am going to try and do more positive self-talk. Although I have a hard time retaining information, I bought Arnold Schwarzenager's (I probably totally butchered his last name) book on my Fire tablet, which people have said is a good book for self-motivation and self-growth.

Anyway, I don't want to ramble on. You have other people to help, insights, and I don't want to abuse picking your brain lol. But I do appreciate any and all input thus far and any future input. It's hard to find people that have the knowledge and actually care enough to help others on forums.
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Re: Fluoxetine Side Effects
« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2014, 11:24:22 AM »
hi just wondering what can be done about the sexual side effects if anything. I'm not on anything right now but my doctor wants to put me on SSRI I'm a married guy and concerned what it will doto my relationship with my wife.right now I'm suffering with very high anxiety. Any help or input is appreciated.
Joe
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