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Re: Anyone out there with withdrawal experience?

Posted by Joy on May 22, 2001, at 14:17:55

In reply to Anyone out there with withdrawal experience?, posted by roo on May 22, 2001, at 11:45:35

In my own opinion you have too many life changes to cut back on Prozac at this time. The death of an animal, a change of residence, and uncertainly with a loved one ar pretty major. I am on Prozac for 4 months [40 mg now] and a friend is on it over 10 years. If you have a chemical depression/anxiety you may have to take it a while. At least it should be taken 12-18 months for situational depression. I hope you feel bettr.

> How do you know when you try and taper down on your
> ad, and find yourself getting depressed, if it's withdrawal
> that will pass, or depression returning? Is waiting it
> out the only way to tell? If so, how long do you wait
> before you finally say "Okay. I'm depressed. I need to
> start taking my meds again". I don't want to keep repeating
> the cycle of going on and off drugs if I'm just being
> impatient and going back to the ad just because I can't make
> it through the withdrawal period. But I also don't want
> to be in denial about depression, if that's what it is.
> What's a safe amount of time to wait. I was taking 20 mg's
> of prozac and tapered down to 15 mg's. At first I had
> pms like symptoms 10 days after tapering down...they lasted
> a few I just feel depressed...don't want to talk
> to anybody, finding it hard to smile, and want to sleep constantly.
> On the other hand, my beloved cat of 10 years is dying of
> cancer, and I've just moved from a place I lived in for
> 5 years and have moved in with my boyfriend, which I'm
> worried about it working out, etc., so maybe it's
> completely natural to be feeling this way. Feedback
> anyone? I cut back about a month and a half ago, and
> have gradually gotten more depressed.




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