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Old 10-06-2003, 03:38 PM   #1
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Hello. I was put on Prozac about 10 years ago for anxiety and post-partum depression after my son was born. I also have Mitral Valve Prolapse and it helped with those symptoms such as panic attacks, nervousness, anxiety. Over the past 4 months I have slowly weaned myself off the medicine. I have been completely off the med for 7 weeks now and the only side effects I have had are tiredness/weakness and some mood swings. Seem to be more moody with the kids and all if things aren't perfect. I was just wondering if anyone else had experienced these effects going off the medicine and if the side effects will go away or get worse. I feel like I have come so far and didn't want to start back on it unless I had to. I took 20mg for about 8 years and the past 2 years only 10mg.

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Old 10-06-2003, 04:44 PM   #2
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I was on Prozac for four years 20-30 mg. Last year I decided to wean off very slowly. I had been off for over three months when some major stress came into my life. The stress happened to come as winter was approaching, and the combination of stress and dark days put me in a depression.

I felt that I should go back on Prozac, but my prescription had run out. Ended up on Lexapro, which is okay. Someday again, when things are more under control, I may try to wean off of this med.

Since I weaned off so slowly of the Prozac, I never really felt any withdrawl symptoms. It has a long half life, so it is easier to come off of than others.

Good luck to you!


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