Prozac truly saved my life--a life in which I'd become just one big walking obsession. A life where years of behavioral therapy and other ADs had not touched the problem. And, day after day, the OCD just fed and fed on the depression.But...for twelve years now I've taken Prozac at 80 mg a day (my body needed that large amount for the drug to reach its "therapeutic window")..and I am a different person. I am finally the "me" that I was so many years ago before the OCD just took over my daily life.
At lower levels, the OCD was helped...but not nearly so well as at the 80 mg. I'd say that about two to three week passed before I felt a real lessening of the OCD symptoms....but six months later they were 95 percent gone. And, now, twelve years later, at the same amount, they are STILL gone. That's why I use that overused phrase "saved my life." This drug truly did.
I saw my psychiatrist once a week for the first year to monitor the drug plus to discuss any emotional changes going on. Every year I had a blood test to determine that all was well. I now see the doctor every six months or so.
Talk with your doctor. This MAY be a drug for you. It's not for everyone. But if you had seen me before the Prozac....and then six months later, you would not have believed it was the same person. I was never so grateful for anything in my life as I was for this drug. I will never forget the horror of OCD and what it does to the "soul". I can so empathize with you...
Wish I had more time to talk, but I'm at work right now! Hope all goes well for you, and I'll be checking the Board. :-) Lynn