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Prozac giving me more anxiety

PeachyPie99
PeachyPie99

I am currently restarting Prozac 10mg daily and it is now my fifth day. I kept waking up every hour last night and now I keep having panic attacks and severe anxiety making me feel like I can’t control them. I’m trying to tell myself that they are just thoughts but man it’s getting to me. Apparently I was more anxious then this when I first took Prozac two years ago but. Has anyone experienced this? Any tips? It’s just scary how long it takes to take effect when it makes you feel awful so soon.

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Hi, I was off Prozac for about 9 months and then realized I needed to be back on it.

When I restarted, the anxiety was horrible for sure, almost unbearable. That's telling you the medication is working. If possible, see if your doctor can prescribe you Ativan or another benzodiazepine until you get past the first few weeks. It helped a lot with the deer in the headlights anxiety.

Hang in there, a month sounds like a long time, but it will come quick and you should be feeling better.

My anxiety always got worst when I took an anti-depressant. To the point where I couldn't keep taking them.

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So what did/do you do if you can’t take them?

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Try to accept it best I can, try to stay busy (I have to force myself to do things) exercise, recently found a support group which I think is going to help. I read a lot so that helps distracts me from dwelling on it. But some of them didn't cause more anxiety but I don't remember which ones.

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That’s exactly what has happened to me, tried 3 different ones and wanted to jump out of my skin, it’s awful,

Prozac works great for me I say wait until your on a stronger dose to decide your on a small dose right now Iam on like 80 mg

It's definitely a tough transition but try to focus on the long term benefits rather than the short term negatives when you can. In the meantime, treat yourself to something nice or plan something fun so you can focus on that Prozac has changed my life and I'm only on 40mg x

I had a terrible reaction to a steroid while on prozac. Prior to the reaction I was okay on prozac but still anxious. I told my aprn while experiencing the reaction everytime I took the prozac I felt extremely anxious and that it wasnt working. She told me it was. To make a long story short I ended up in the hospital for a psychotic episode. I'm now taking zoloft and feel much better. Even better than prozac imo.

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