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    Old 04-27-2006, 10:18 AM   #1
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    Hi, I recently started prozac (this is only my 3rd day) and I noticed bad insomnia last night with anxious feelings and sudden jerks in unconsciousness. I remember some weird dreams and today im exhausted. I feel shaky the last couple days, with weird feeling stomach aches and slight dizziness. I also feel extra emotional lately, but then again, that might be me PMSing. It sucks because my anxiety/depression made me lose interest in sex, and apparently thats a fun little side effect with Prozac. Anyone have words of encouragement? Anyone else going through something similar?

    My anxieties tend to be triggered by high stress levels, as currently I am a full time student, full time worker, planning to move in with my boyfriend in a month, and have gone through a host of bad medical issues in the last year. No wonder I'm going crazy! My boyfriend plays the "just stop being sad" card, and makes it out like I should be able to cope without the meds. Is he right? Is prozac just something to fall back on as an excuse? what do you guys think?

     
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    Old 04-27-2006, 10:32 AM   #2
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    Re: Prozac for Anxiety = More Anxiety?

    Welcome I think you have a full plate and you are finding it tough to keep up, so your anxiety problems are rearing their ugly heads. That's what happens to me anyway. Being a FT worker and student, you need to be able to decompress somehow. I hope moving in with your boyfriend won't be too stressful, especially if he doesn't understand how awful anxiety can be.

    About Prozac...for me I didn't feel the jittery, edgy, side effects (like I did on other SSRI's), but it did totally take away my libido. Most SSRI's will do that if one does it to you. And, in my experience, if one SSRI doesn't work for anxiety, the others won't either. The best med I've taken for my anxiety is Xanax, taken as needed, not every day.

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    Old 04-27-2006, 12:25 PM   #3
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    Re: Prozac for Anxiety = More Anxiety?

    Most of the medications I have been on made me twice as anxious as I was before, this is including anti-depressants and anti anxiety agents. I believe on some of these meds they even list in the side effects that the medication may cause anxiousness. However, side effects sometimes subside and go away.

     
    Old 04-27-2006, 01:10 PM   #4
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    Re: Prozac for Anxiety = More Anxiety?

    welcome barbara

    for most of us, all antidepressants do make our anxiety worse for a while, a typical prozac dose range is 20 to 80 daily, it helps to take 5 for the first week then 10 for the second and then up to 20, split the tablets, a pillcutter from a pharmacy helps
    valium type meds help in getting used to an antidepressant and, IMO, should always be also prescribed but usually arent
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