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Re: a double edged sword

Posted by bob on October 4, 2001, at 21:57:47

In reply to a double edged sword, posted by Katey on October 4, 2001, at 21:51:09

> ive been on prozac (20mg) for about two weeks now....and i feel like its really working. it makes me happy yes, but at the same time, im scared out of my mind at being dependent on this drug for forever...and ive heard that the withdrawel from prozac is extremely harsh....i had it pretty bad with 50mg of zoloft the last time i tried to get off. any comments?


My experience and limited knowledge tells me that Prozac would probably have one of the most benign withdrawls of any SSRI type drug. It's half life is much longer than the others. You really shouldn't have a significant withdrawal problem. Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor, and Luvox would almost certainly be significantly worse to get off of. In fact, Effexor is particularly egregious in this regard. So much so, that my pdoc recently said they are starting to ramp people up on Prozac while they are tapering down Effexor, and then when a successful transition is made, it is much easier to get off of the Prozac.





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