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Re: HELP! Paxil to do I split capsules?

Posted by Xevious on June 8, 2002, at 13:12:25

In reply to HELP! Paxil to do I split capsules?, posted by Pattisun on June 8, 2002, at 12:49:10

A suggestion - don't open the capsules! Fluoxetine tastes absolutely lousy and tends to burn the back of my throat (had one crack open in my mouth once) so I don't recommend the experience to anyone else.

First thing to do is to consult with your pdoc for the official advice.

That said, if you are still supposed to take 10mg/day, you will probably be fine taking one capsule every other day. Fluoxetine has a very long half-life, so your blood levels will tend to stabilize across the dose/no dose days and you shouldn't even notice the difference between the days that you took a pill and the days you didn't. This, by the way, is exactly how the Prozac Weekly med works.

> I got an RX for Prozac to help me get myself off of Paxil. I tried last year but was only able to get myself down to 10mg (been taking it since 1996). I am depressed but want to get OFF Paxil first before I try anything else.
> So, I was ready to start this morning and found that the Prozac 20 mg (insurance only covers generic) ONLY comes in capsules. I am supposed to cut my Paxil down to 5 mg and start Prozac at 10 mg. How do I cut a capsule in half?
> Grrrrrrrrr Now What?? Thanks,
> Pattisun




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