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How can I stop my prozac!?!?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 20, 2007
  • 09:30 PM

okay so heres how it goes... first of all let me say i have anxiety... i am taking prozac for it and i have been on it since the 7th grade... i am 18 now.. and im tired of having prozac run my life. I feel like I am older now and I can handle it myself. But everytime I get off my prozac, I get very "panicky" and i get very... well to put it nicely "cranky/moody." I also feel lightheaded alot... I have a tendency to faint in situations that I am very nervous in especially when I stop my Prozac. My mom says that I should just take it for the rest of my life. But i hate feeling like I have to rely on a pill to live!! I just want to live my life not having to remember a pill everyday for the rest of my life. I've tried slowly coming off it too... like taking it every few days.. its just hard to remember. I dont know what to do so if someone has gone through this or could help me that would be awesome!!! Thanks =)

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  • You also need to see a counsellor or therapist. The Prozac just helps with your brain chemistry and it helps you cope on day to day basis. However, in order to work on the underlying causes of your anxiety, you need probably many sessions with a counsellor/therapist to explore what underpins the anxiety attcks you experience. Don't reply on the Prozac to solve all your issues. It can't! All it does is help return your brain chemisty to a more even keel. A strong commitment to therapy and an undertaking on your part to work on your issues (with your therapist's help) and to confront them, despite the pain, is a big step along the pathway to eventually getting off the Prozac. Believe me.....I have walked this journey too!
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  • I think you should consult your doctor about tapering the dosage, you shouldn't be quitting on your own. The drug may be giving you the positive feeling (I feel like I am older now and I can handle it myself) by regulating your neurotransmitters. If your doctor feels you are ready to go off, s/he should introduce some behavioral therapy to see if you are up to it and gradually decrease your dosage. There are many people out there taking Prozac, with different issues and side effects: http://www.steadyhealth.com/I_feel_like_crawling_into_a_hole__t90367.htmlhttp://www.steadyhealth.com/Stopped_prozac___how_long_before_weight_comes_off_metabolism_t122435.htmlhttp://www.steadyhealth.com/Prozac_for_teenagers_t162582.htmlhttp://www.steadyhealth.com/Prozac_for_teenagers_t162582.html
    KnowSUMthings 153 Replies
    • January 9, 2009
    • 04:14 PM
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  • The Prozac might be your insulin,and like an insulin-dependent diabetic,you might not be able to stop it.SO what?
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 9, 2009
    • 04:28 PM
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  • okay so heres how it goes... first of all let me say i have anxiety... i am taking prozac for it and i have been on it since the 7th grade... i am 18 now.. and im tired of having prozac run my life. I feel like I am older now and I can handle it myself. But everytime I get off my prozac, I get very "panicky" and i get very... well to put it nicely "cranky/moody." I also feel lightheaded alot... I have a tendency to faint in situations that I am very nervous in especially when I stop my Prozac. My mom says that I should just take it for the rest of my life. But i hate feeling like I have to rely on a pill to live!! I just want to live my life not having to remember a pill everyday for the rest of my life. I've tried slowly coming off it too... like taking it every few days.. its just hard to remember. I dont know what to do so if someone has gone through this or could help me that would be awesome!!! Thanks =) If you were to come off of prozac, you would have to taper very slowly to avoid rebound problems. However, that won't stop return of symptoms if the condition is uncorrected. Other pills may replace the Prozac but it doesn't sound like you will get away from pills. You should hope that you don't end up needing to take 40 or 50 pills a day as you probably wouldn't like that. Be glad that one pill a day is no big deal. Don't get bent out of shape about that; it's not worth it. Good luck.
    Freddd 3576 Replies
    • January 9, 2009
    • 11:00 PM
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  • It doesnt sound to me that you are able to come off of your prozac alone and not get issues. Consult your doctor and work with your doctor to come off of this if this is really want you wish to try. I too think you wont be able to sensibly do this without at least therapy for your issues. It doesnt matter your age. if you have issues you have issues. best luck
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • January 10, 2009
    • 02:59 AM
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  • Depression and anxiety are a lot more common than most people would think and, as mentioned above, they are not really any different than any other chronic disease or medical condition. There is nothing wrong with taking a pill every day. However, if you feel that strongly about it, I would recommend talking to your doctor to see if you could find a different prescription that you may only have to take once a week. It may even be that you could stop taking the prozac altogether; it has happened before, but make sure to see what your doctor thinks.Don't feel like you have to be ashamed of your anxiety. I myself take prozac every day and see a psychiatrist and a counselor on a semi-regular basis. I am not trying to belittle your circumstances at all. Just remember that it's no more wrong to have anxiety than it is to have heart disease, diabetes, or anything else. I know it can be difficult, especially when you feel good. Hang in there!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 06:26 AM
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  • okay so heres how it goes... first of all let me say i have anxiety... i am taking prozac for it and i have been on it since the 7th grade... i am 18 now.. and im tired of having prozac run my life. I feel like I am older now and I can handle it myself. But everytime I get off my prozac, I get very "panicky" and i get very... well to put it nicely "cranky/moody." I also feel lightheaded alot... I have a tendency to faint in situations that I am very nervous in especially when I stop my Prozac. My mom says that I should just take it for the rest of my life. But i hate feeling like I have to rely on a pill to live!! I just want to live my life not having to remember a pill everyday for the rest of my life. I've tried slowly coming off it too... like taking it every few days.. its just hard to remember. I dont know what to do so if someone has gone through this or could help me that would be awesome!!! Thanks =)Every human is dependent on the sun, on food, on gravity, on air. You have to realize that.Being dependent on a pill is trivial in comparison on the daily tasks you HAVE to perform to survive. Your mother is 100% correct, even if that annoys you. Google "Axiety Disorder Wiki":"Clinical and animal studies suggest a correlation between anxiety disorders and difficulty in maintaining balance. A possible mechanism is malfunction in the parabrachial nucleus, a brain structure that, among other functions, coordinates signals from the amygdala with input concerning balance. The amygdala is involved in the emotion of fear."Personality disorders like we have are the result of natural defect and/or a traumatic life experience. Emotions exist in humans to help them to survive. Pain is to warn you to not do something. Fear is to warn you that there is danger. Hunger is to remind you to eat. Water to remind you to drink.Emotions occur all day long all the time. Most of the time an emotion will WIN. If you know certain food is bad for you, you have to fight the emotion all the time. One battle that you let your guard down, and your eating something that you didn't want to (for example).Now you have a anxiety disorder (paranoid and fear), and the Prozac is suppressing the anxiety emotion, so you don't have to fight it all day. Without the Prozac you will LOSE to the emotion some point in the day, probably many times.I used to be on Prozac and I felt like I was doing something wrong by taking it. I hated it. I fought it. Prozac has a dark side. When you START taking the drug, or when you change the DOSAGE, the side effects come back. When you stop the drug, going from 80mg to 0mg is better than 80mg, to 60mg, to 40mg. Reason is, that Prozac crosses the blood brain barrier. Most pills only flow through the blood in your body, but Prozac crosses the blood barrier and flows through the blood in your brain. Each time the dosage is changed, your brain has to readjust, causing the side effects. Also, Prozac has a very long half life. Takes weeks before it starts working and takes weeks to stop. If you do stop Prozac, see a doctor first, as there is a procedure to stop it.The opposite of fear is joy, or euphoria. Prozac suppresses the fear and has terrible side effects. But no Prozac causes a different set of problems. A choice between two evils.As I have multiple disorders (see below) I came across a pill called Azor, which contains alprazolam. One of the "side effects" of Azor is euphoria, which stops anxiety 100%. For a while it makes you a little drowsy and helps you sleep well (so I take the pill 2 hours before bed, as that's how long it takes to act), but after using it a few months your body forms a tolerance and it doesn't make you sleepy at all. Azor takes 15 hours to exit the body, 2 hours to start working. Prozac takes 4 to 6 weeks to start working and there is a great percentage of people like me, where Prozac doesn't work. Only the side effects work. I tried it for six months and it had no effect. Didn't help me at all. I Prozac with a passion. Speak to a doc about switching to alprazolam (Azor) as it has none of the side effects of Prozac. No sweating, being tired all, not entering REM sleep causing abnormal dreams. None of that. Only down side is that waking up in the morning is a little bit annoying (as you sleep properly). Just note, Azor is a tranquiler and CAN be used with Prozac, but sleeping tablets will cause terrible side effects. I made that mistake. Every few minutes, I forgot what I was doing. The Prozac makes you remember your dreams, wand with the sleeping tablets, as I woke, I was talking to someone AFTER I woke up. Took a while before I realized no one was there. I had memory loss, I had no idea what I did the Friday. I spoke to a random person at a shop and asked for the managers number. Three days later, a friend found the number that was written, on the floor of his car. When my friend gave me the number, I had no idea why I wanted it. It took me hours to figure out why I got it. Azor is much better than sleeping pills, but requires a prescription. Sleeping pills can be bought over the counter. If you do swap to Azor, DO NOT buy sleeping pills to replace Azor. They not made for long term use and have devastating side effects when used with Prozac. Ecstasy is a tranquiler that is used on horses. Ecstasy used on a person damages the brain. Azor is much, much weaker than ecstasy, but STICK TO YOUR DOSE the doctor gives. Use the smallest dose of Azor that helps you. The stronger the dose, the strong the craving for more, so Azor is the way to go if you have self control. If you have abused any substances, stay with the evil Prozac, or give the Azor to someone to control it for you. Remember, euphoria is an emotion too, which you have to fight all day long. But it's 100 times better feeling pleasant, functional with mild euphoria, than fighting fear, paranoia and anxiety.I've found the perfect dose of Azor, and I'm functioning better than ever before. One of MY mental disorders caused me to find Azor. A psychologist (NOT therapist) will help you identify EXACTLY what your brain is doing by studying your behavior (emotions, etc). Therapists fix boo-boos, like a life coach. Then once you know what emotion is working over time, the doctor will help you control that emotion. A psychologist may find a root cause that can be cured WITHOUT pills. He/she must make that call, not you, not your mom.I have three disorders that I have to fight with, so believe me, your lucky. Two of my disorders actually helped me identify my problems. Took me years to self diagnose. Many sleepless nights of research. Psychologist studies years and is trained to diagnose behavior and emotional patterns. My narcissistic personality disorder prevented me from seeking help, as I hate depending on people, but do yourself a favor, save years of painful research by going to a psychologist.I thought I was a manic depressive, as I thought I was depressed all the time. Meantime, I have an anxiety disorder that was causing the depression because of intense frustration. By identifying the root problems, I can function normally. I was hardly functional before identifying my disorders. I lost five years of my life because of not going to a psychologist. My disorders turned from great "depression", to a gift as I learnt how to master my disorders and learnt how to use the disorders to fix my problems. I had to study myself. Rather pay a professional. If I listened to my own advice, I wouldn't have paid by losing five years of my life.I have an anxiety disorder (1) linked with OCD (2). When most people switch on the T.V., they think, what shall I watch. I look at the T.V. and analyze how it's made, what components it consists of, how the sound is generate, how the signal is decoded. I do it with everything all day long, from coffee cups to gravity, and it mentally exhausts me which causes frustration so you feel something is wrong because you can't solve the puzzle. The OCD made me need to analyze everything, so it was driving the anxiety disorder. I didn't have a choice, the OCD controlled me. I also have narcissistic personality disorder (3) "God complex" where I despise being dependent on people. I need to be independent and do things my way. I have no faith in most people, because most people are idiots. But I find it hard to trust other people, even if they smart. I believe my way is better, and because of disorder 1 and 2, I find solutions to problems where normal people switch off and lose interest. Problem is when I come across a problem that NO HUMAN HAS YET SOLVED, and not being able to solve the puzzle myself causes anxiety. Because I'm obsessive, when I was on Prozac, the puzzles would enter my dreams (as no REM sleep). Prozac was worse than the disorders, I hate Prozac and I understand why you don't want to take the pills. Azor kills Prozac. It truly is a miracle and designed for what we have. Prozac is unstable. Azor is not. Prozac shouldn't be used by bipolers - extreme happy sometimes and very sad at other times - because Prozac increases suicidal thoughts when you start taking the drug. With Prozac, it either makes you feel "better" - because you too busy feeling sign to worry about problems - or it pushes you over the edge and helps you to kill yourself. Prozac is garbage.Learn from my my experience, find out what's wrong with you (the easy way, not five year self diagnoses/luck method) find a better drug with a doctors help, if you even need a doctor. Doing something differently may solve your problems where you don't even need pills. Live life to the full!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 6, 2009
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  • Azor is a blood pressure medication.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
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  • Hey I am having the same problem at the moment! What I have been advised by my doctor is to half the dosage and take that for 2 weeks half it again for another 2 weeks then then take that dose every other day for a week then go cold turkey! E.g. if your taking 20mg atm half it to 10mg then after 2 weeks half it to 5mg then again after 2 weeks take 5mg every other day for a week. Its cuts down the chances of anxiety and depression coming back. Also what happens is if you just stop taking it you chemical levels will go down and you original symptons will return this happens because the body goes in to shock as it happend quickly. So if you reduce it slowly you have a lot less chance of old symptons returning anyway this is what my doctor told me! I would strongly advise you speak to the prescribing doctor before reducing the doses! Anway good luck and I hope you come of it sucessfuly!xbekahx
    xbekahx 3 Replies
    • January 13, 2010
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  • Hey I am having the same problem at the moment! What I have been advised by my doctor is to half the dosage and take that for 2 weeks half it again for another 2 weeks then then take that dose every other day for a week then go cold turkey! E.g. if your taking 20mg atm half it to 10mg then after 2 weeks half it to 5mg then again after 2 weeks take 5mg every other day for a week. Its cuts down the chances of anxiety and depression coming back. Also what happens is if you just stop taking it you chemical levels will go down and you original symptons will return this happens because the body goes in to shock as it happend quickly. So if you reduce it slowly you have a lot less chance of old symptons returning anyway this is what my doctor told me! I would strongly advise you speak to the prescribing doctor before reducing the doses! Anway good luck and I hope you come of it sucessfuly!xbekahx Hi xbekahx, There are much better ways to decrease Prozac or any other SSRI and other meds than stopping in such big chunks as even 5mg. Using other methods it is possible to come down an unnoticable 1% or 2% a day. It's a little more hassle, but no rebound or other problems usually. Anybody interested, let me know and I'll tell you how. As active b12 and folate deficiencies can cause depression, anxiety and all sorts of mood and personality changes quitting can be a whole lot easier if you take take of the possible deficiencies first.
    Freddd 3576 Replies
    • January 13, 2010
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  • Be very ****ing careful, I've tried the same thing when i was on it for depression and it nearly killed me. Being older doesn't necessarily mean that you can handle the withdrawal symptoms of quitting something as addictive as Prozac. Your best bet is to ween your self off the drug gradually by taking one (or whatever your common dosage is) and every third day go without and keep your self occupied and indoors. Eventually go to every second day then once every two days. Also find a task, an activity or even a herbal tea if your into that sort of thing, something that will keep you occupied and most of all relaxed. The main ingredient to getting myself off fluoxetine was cannabis although you absolutely do not have to do this, it in my experience freed me from being a slave and buying by self-esteem from a pill. I was on fluoxetine for the best part of seven years now I am free.
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    • February 28, 2010
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  • I had big time with stress, which led me to anxiety, weight loss and depression. First I got help from my doctor and conseling (they were key for my cure). Then, I removed myself from the situations that were stressing me the most (work-related), and also personal issues. Learn: Anything is more worthy than your own health. Then, I had to go on Prozac as my health was very deplited, my anxiety and depression were out of control. The side effects of Prozac hit me soon. I lost appetite for food, sex, had dry month, problems sleeping, and lost lots of weight. But the worse part was not to have any desire for food. It's much worse than craving. Then my doctor and I decided to introduced me to another medication to cut the side effects of Prozac and it worked very well. I am back to myself as I hadn't for a long time. Even my PMS is mild or none now. I have no side effects and no anxiety and depression for over 1 year now. My conseling helped me change some of my attitudes, such as to say yes to everyone/everything because fortunately my life is very excited and full of good opportunities, which make though for me to say no. But we can't have everything. SDo now I give myself the right to stop a situation that is bothering me and decreased my work load. I may have less money in my bank account, but I have peace of mind and health! Prozac works very well for me. I totally trust it as a good support for my treatment along the other medication. I recovered my weight (didn't gain any), my appetite (thank God!), my sexual life, and myself. I think it's too strong to say that Prozac doesn't work at all because it does for some people like me. We are all different and we are dealing with different situations during our mental problems. Prozac is just like any other medication that may or may not work for you not because it is good or bad, but because we are different. Anyway, it works very well for me and I wanted to share that with you. I admit that I am hesitating in stopping it because I just feel right the way things are now. I don't mind to gtake daily pills. I really worry about not being myself if I don't take it. But it's time to see my doctor again to talk about the next steps and I am not afraid because I know I can overcome hard times when they come.Good luck to all of you and be patient...and positive to find the best solution for your problems.
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  • I have been through this and have managed to get off of it successfully but it takes alot of work. I cut my dose in half for 5 weeks and then cut it in have for another 5 weeks. Then went every other day for 5 weeks. I did this until there was nothing left. During this it's important to eat protein in the morning and a serving of carb before bed. This allows your brain to make serotonin in the morning for the day. Eat lots of greens and exercise, record how you feel in a notebook. Get support from your doctor, friends, and family! Create a dialogue to use when a panic attack hits. Such as "I know this is a panic attack, I am aware of it, it will pass, there is no real danger, breathe" if you can step outside yourself during the panic attack and coach yourself like you would a friend, then these attacks will lose their power over you and get better and better with time. Each time you go through one pat yourself on the back for making it through and write about it. Herbal support is great too but don't expect it to take the place of Prozac! Good luck, Shaun
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