Just started taking Prozac, what should I expect?

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    May 05, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    This is pretty difficult for me to put up in a forum, but I'd like to just ask this as I am finding other sources of the internet very unreliable. I have been suffering from severe clinical depression for about six months now and had mild depression most of my life since childhood. I was determined to battle it without meds and am a pretty positive person who loves to laugh and have fun, but I just can't get rid of my social anxiety, generalised anxiety, OCD and depression that sorely disrupt my life. I have crippling low self esteem and lack confidence in myself and can't gain control of my life, I have swallowed like 10 self help books which have worked but i still wake up feeling dread and my life has all about almost fallen apart, so I and my family decided to take me to the doctors two days ago and my GP prescribed me prozac. I am now on day two and so far I don't know if I have had any affects, I feel calmer and more relieved but I think thats just the placebo effect kicking in. I was just wondering if any of you have taken this drug before and how it worked for you and how long before its effects take affect. thanks much appreciated icon_smile.gif
  • DrewT

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    May 05, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    Haven't taken it, but my GP several years back put me on an anti-depressant and I couldn't sleep it was awful. Take vitamins too, they should help.
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    May 05, 2011 12:51 AM GMT
    I have one friend who takes it and he told me it helps him a lot. His main problem was social anxiety.
    It takes a couple of weeks to feel anything, from what I hear.
    Are you getting exercise every day? Like taking a long walk or bike ride? Some people I know with depression have told me that helps them a lot.
    I hope it all works out for you, buddy, you sound like a good guy. icon_smile.gif
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    May 05, 2011 12:53 AM GMT

    Well, the Vet put our puppy on it years ago to try to control her temper. At about Day four on the drug, she hauled off and bit me. I seriously considered taking the rest of the prescription myself and to hell with the dog. But instead, I flushed it. Man and Dog eventually learned to accomodate each other in a drug-free environment.
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    May 05, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    "I'm going Koo-Koo for Coco Puffs", "That's all folk's", I'm tiny and tooney, we're all a little looney, and in this cartoony." Some of these things!!

    Nah just kidding dude! I'm have been on something similar for a while now. You might feel a roller coaster ride of feelings and being a little spacey for the first 4 weeks or so until it all balances out.

    You might not be able to get aroused too, but it wont last too long. I freaked when this happened and called my doctor and told him "Great now i'm depressed cause my cock can't get hard too." He told me it won't last, but laughed at my humor, and that I will get it on again in a while. It did.

    It will all be alright dude, might take just a while to balance all out.
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    May 05, 2011 1:04 AM GMT
    My sister was on it for a while. She said it took a few weeks to have a consistent benefit for her tho. It did seem to help her and she didn't mention any side effects.

    Congrats on having the balls to go seek assistance, a lot of people don't. It sounds like your family is supportive as well. You'll get through it man. One day at a time.
  • Timbales

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    May 05, 2011 1:13 AM GMT
    Antidepressants have a tendency to make you feel dehydrated and give you dry mouth. Drinking more water helps, but your gums may also feel slightly dryer than normal and can be a bit tender, especially when flossing.
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    May 05, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    Thanks, I have read up on things like CBT and am going to start going to the gym in an effort to help allevate it further, I went to counselling and picked my own brain apart in an effort to sort through the past, I know that I just need to spring myself into action now.
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    May 05, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    Don't drink. you'll blackout after about half your usual drinks, not remember a thing, and get very puke sick...
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    May 05, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    I was given Prozac (Fluoxetine) by the VA (US Veterans Administration) when they first diagnosed me with epilepsy. They told me 60% of all epileptics are depressed, though I really didn't think I was. So they just gave this stuff to me.

    Prozac made me impotent. As did several other anti-depressants they tried on me in turn. And I told my doctors I couldn't think of a better way to make a man depressed than to make him impotent.

    They didn't see my point, and continued to prescribe these things for me. I simply stopped taking them, threw them away, and finally stopped going to the VA for my treatment. Curiously, no civilian doctors now treating me think I need anti-depressants. On the contrary, they're more concerned that my overly positive "can do anything" attitude endangers my frail physical health.

    Prozac more typically takes weeks or even months to have any significant effect on the depressed. At 2 days it is indeed likely it's the placebo effect you are experiencing. Which may suggest you don't need meds at all, but some counseling. You can always do both.

    I'm curious about your OCD - what form does it take? And you are gay, correct? Do your family and doctors treating you know that?
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    May 05, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    Difficulty getting an erection....taking forever to reach climax....and low libido, so it wont matter so much.
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    May 05, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI was given Prozac (Fluoxetine) by the VA (US Veterans Administration) when they first diagnosed me with epilepsy. They told me 60% of all epileptics are depressed, though I really didn't think I was. So they just gave this stuff to me.

    Prozac made me impotent. As did several other anti-depressants they tried on me in turn. And I told my doctors I couldn't think of a better way to make a man depressed than to make him impotent.

    They didn't see my point, and continued to prescribe these things for me. I simply stopped taking them, threw them away, and finally stopped going to the VA for my treatment. Curiously, no civilian doctors now treating me think I need anti-depressants. On the contrary, they're more concerned that my overly positive "can do anything" attitude endangers my frail physical health.

    Prozac more typically takes weeks or even months to have any significant effect on the depressed. At 2 days it is indeed likely it's the placebo effect you are experiencing. Which may suggest you don't need meds at all, but some counseling. You can always do both.

    I'm curious about your OCD - what form does it take? And you are gay, correct? Do your family and doctors treating you know that?


    Yes I have been completely open to my doctor and family, the OCD takes on the form of compulsive masturbation, I went to counselling and I know how my mind works, I know the reasons for my strengths and weaknesses but the doctor thinks that I am still just naturally depressed.

    To be perfectly honest I have never had a chance to be happy my whole life until now, but I still can't get out of bed in the morning like I should, I still can't get the sad thoughts of the past out of my mind, I've had poor memory, concentration, time management, etc all my life, I have no drive, I now the solution, I just can't spring myself into action, I can't thing about trivial things, it's always the shit from the past, I have talked about it all to death, I just need to forget the demons and find the will to live my life and become the person I truly see myself as.
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    May 05, 2011 2:19 AM GMT

    I have never taken this class of drugs so I have no first person knowledge on how they would affect me. A long history of family members that have mental illness issues and recent friends that are on these types of drugs for the last three years are my knowledge base at the moment.

    As Art-Deco said the best efficacy you may get from the drug is the placebo effect you are feeling now.

    The down side of these drugs are what I have seen in my two friends the last three years. They tend to have no effect or add a new set of problems on to a bad situation. After three years with no relief the number of drugs and amount taken is amazing. And yes they changed doctors a few times. One quit all the drugs six months ago and has made steady progress getting better which he stated in his terms.

    I would echo Art_Deco spend lots and lots and lots of time finding a MD that can diagnose your problem accurately. If given drugs spend time really understanding how the drugs work, side effects.

    You can't solve a problem unless you really know what it is and finding the right person that can help you is paramount if that is what you want.
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    May 05, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    It's going to take 4-6 weeks for you to see the maximum benefit. Prozac specifically has less sexual side effects as well as lesser weight gain than some of the other medications in its class (SSRIs). As far as anxiety goes, a benzodiazepine (alprazolam, lorazepam, etc) would be beneficial in the short-term until the SSRI kicks in.

    During the first weeks, do understand that there is a black box warning on these medications (antidepressants) regarding suicidal ideations, and if you do feel as though you have had an increase in thoughts regarding suicide, that it may be the drug (and is NOT permanent).

    You should try behavioral therapy for your OCD. The SSRI is the medication of choice, though medication is NOT the first line in OCD (behavioral therapy/non-pharmacological therapy is).

    Ok, practiced my counseling for the day.
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    May 05, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    I took Prozac for several years. The first time I took it, it was a miracle drug. I took it a few years later and it made me want to kill myself. No one here can tell you what to expect because it effects each person differently.

    Are you aware that studies have shown that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to be more effective than SSRI's?
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    May 05, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
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    Yes I have been completely open to my doctor and family, the OCD takes on the form of compulsive masturbation, I went to counselling and I know how my mind works, I know the reasons for my strengths and weaknesses but the doctor thinks that I am still just naturally depressed.

    To be perfectly honest I have never had a chance to be happy my whole life until now, but I still can't get out of bed in the morning like I should, I still can't get the sad thoughts of the past out of my mind, I've had poor memory, concentration, time management, etc all my life, I have no drive, I now the solution, I just can't spring myself into action, I can't thing about trivial things, it's always the shit from the past, I have talked about it all to death, I just need to forget the demons and find the will to live my life and become the person I truly see myself as.


    Taking what you just said as true and at face valve I get the impression you don't have the skills or knowledge on how to move on. If up to recently you have had a shit past for more then 28 some years then would you know or have acquired the skills to have a different life. At this moment in your life you only know the past.

    You may want to think about mentoring yourself to a well put together older guy straight or gay that is the type person you would like to be. You may want to acquire more than one. It sounds like you need living skills you don't have.

    You can do this while still going to the MD's
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    May 05, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco said


    Yes I have been completely open to my doctor and family, the OCD takes on the form of compulsive masturbation, I went to counselling and I know how my mind works, I know the reasons for my strengths and weaknesses but the doctor thinks that I am still just naturally depressed.

    To be perfectly honest I have never had a chance to be happy my whole life until now, but I still can't get out of bed in the morning like I should, I still can't get the sad thoughts of the past out of my mind, I've had poor memory, concentration, time management, etc all my life, I have no drive, I now the solution, I just can't spring myself into action, I can't thing about trivial things, it's always the shit from the past, I have talked about it all to death, I just need to forget the demons and find the will to live my life and become the person I truly see myself as.


    Taking what you just said as true and at face valve I get the impression you don't have the skills or knowledge on how to move on. If up to recently you have had a shit past for more then 28 some years then would you know or have acquired the skills to have a different life. At this moment in your life you only know the past.

    You may want to think about mentoring yourself to a well put together older guy straight or gay that is the type person you would like to be. You may want to acquire more than one. It sounds like you need living skills you don't have.

    You can do this while still going to the MD's


    I fell in love with a guy who seemed like god, i.e. athletic, intelligent, hilarious, a real leader, travelled, a true free spirit, but he was also a twisted user who broke my heart even though I told him I only wanted him as a mentor even though I was in love with him, he was the one that triggered this major onset cause I was afraid I'd never find anyone to learn from again.

    I got very stalkerish and obsessed with him after his cruel rejection that got me so depressed, i didnt realise it at the time but i was actually just obsessed with his personality attributes rather than himself, i.e. how he could just do a million things at once, have such beeming confidence and self control, how he had such strength of mind and such a happy great sense of humour, i feel like my whole life ive been this free spirited confident soul trapped in a false self that i was raised in, i just want to be my true self, and ive found myself finally but i still feel in a low mood and cant put all my knowledge into action yet, i need a trigger, a boast. i just hope this will help.
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    May 05, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    I think it was a mistake to go to a G.P. instead of a psychiatrist. You need to see a specialist. A G.P. is not likely to have nearly as much experience in prescribing psychotropic drugs as a shrink. New and better drugs have come on the market since the advent of Prozac. Sometimes it takes a combination of several drugs. In my opinion, you should forget about the Prozac, and start the process over with a good psychiatrist.

    Also, there is a new antidepressant called vilazodone that just came on the market. It is supposed to not have the sexual side effects of SSRI antidepressants.
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    May 05, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said

    I'm curious about your OCD - what form does it take? And you are gay, correct? Do your family and doctors treating you know that?

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    Aren't these questions a violation of HIPAA? You are asking questions like you are a therapist? You have been reported for violating HIPAA.
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    May 05, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    Michael Moore just did this YouTube exposé video, about Prozac, you should definitely check it out:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=04UqzYOdGNs

    "Michael Moore obtained a copy of Dr. Tracy's book, "Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? - Our Serotonin Nightmare" at the premier of "Bowling for Columbine" in Denver, CO. After learning more about these drugs, see his statement from the movie he recently appeared in with Dr. Tracy, Mark Taylor, Neal Bush, and others in the Gary Null production "The Drugging of our Children" Full Video http://video.google.com/videoplay?doc... OTHER SCHOOL SHOOTINGS go to. http://www.ssristories.org/index.php AntidepressantsKill.com"

    There is a lot of data on this subject.

    There are also a LOT of alternatives to Prozac. St. Johns Wort, for example, has been used as a natural mood elevator with no side effects for centuries.

    Also, tryptophan is a natural source of serotonin.

    Most importantly, there are often nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and toxicities underlying depression. These can be looked into by a qualified holistic medical doctor.

    If you need more suggestions or referrals.. let me know!

    Good luck,
    Keith


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    May 05, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
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    Yes I have been completely open to my doctor and family, the OCD takes on the form of compulsive masturbation, I went to counselling and I know how my mind works, I know the reasons for my strengths and weaknesses but the doctor thinks that I am still just naturally depressed.

    To be perfectly honest I have never had a chance to be happy my whole life until now, but I still can't get out of bed in the morning like I should, I still can't get the sad thoughts of the past out of my mind, I've had poor memory, concentration, time management, etc all my life, I have no drive, I now the solution, I just can't spring myself into action, I can't thing about trivial things, it's always the shit from the past, I have talked about it all to death, I just need to forget the demons and find the will to live my life and become the person I truly see myself as.


    Taking what you just said as true and at face valve I get the impression you don't have the skills or knowledge on how to move on. If up to recently you have had a shit past for more then 28 some years then would you know or have acquired the skills to have a different life. At this moment in your life you only know the past.

    You may want to think about mentoring yourself to a well put together older guy straight or gay that is the type person you would like to be. You may want to acquire more than one. It sounds like you need living skills you don't have.

    You can do this while still going to the MD's


    I fell in love with a guy who seemed like god, i.e. athletic, intelligent, hilarious, a real leader, travelled, a true free spirit, but he was also a twisted user who broke my heart even though I told him I only wanted him as a mentor even though I was in love with him, he was the one that triggered this major onset cause I was afraid I'd never find anyone to learn from again.

    I got very stalkerish and obsessed with him after his cruel rejection that got me so depressed, i didnt realise it at the time but i was actually just obsessed with his personality attributes rather than himself, i.e. how he could just do a million things at once, have such beeming confidence and self control, how he had such strength of mind and such a happy great sense of humour, i feel like my whole life ive been this free spirited confident soul trapped in a false self that i was raised in, i just want to be my true self, and ive found myself finally but i still feel in a low mood and cant put all my knowledge into action yet, i need a trigger, a boast. i just hope this will help.



    There are always dangers in dealing with anyone and when you combine mentoring with love obsession the out come can be very difficult. But there is a difference in being in a depressed situation and being depressed.

    As i said it is helpful to find more than one person to mentor with to give you a perspective you don't have and would like to acquire. It is also crucial to find those that know what they are doing so it is a good experience.

    Getting to where you want to be sometimes takes small steps not a large leap into the unknown.
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    May 05, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
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    Good advice.

    And might I add.... you need to be patient as there is a very good chance that it may take a few months to get to the right dosage, or a different SSRI (that's the class of drug Prozac is in I believe). So if it doesn't work as expected, there are plenty of other medications out there.

    So just be patient! icon_wink.gif


    ^^^^This
    I tried Prosac, and found that it was not effective for me (definitely not saying that it won't work for you). After working with my physician, I was able to find an antidepressant that was effective for me. There are a lot of them on the market, and it can be a frustrating struggle to find one that works for you.

    Echoing what others have said, be careful about drinking alcohol, or it is very likely you WILL black out.
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    May 05, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    Do not stop cold turkey. You will get violently, painfully sick if you stop taking the medication.
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    May 05, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    monet saidDo not stop cold turkey. You will get violently, painfully sick if you stop taking the medication.


    Not likely with Prozac. Longer half life.
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    May 05, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    It's going to take a while to work. Your body is going to try to down regulate serotonin levels to beat the excess serotonin in the synapse. Usually about 6 weeks, but varies from person to person. There are some sexual side effects and an increased chance of suicidal thoughts, Like someone said earlier, dry mouth is common and may be some muscle pain. Just watch out for side effects. Most people tolerate quite well.