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#1 aabbotoni

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 12:48 PM

I am new to this whole anxiety/depression thing. It happened out of no where for me at the beginning of this year. I would start to feel something wrong with me physically, let it get to my head, and then freak out. I could literally talk about the many reasons for why I feel the way I feel now for days, but really I have questions to ask. I want to know if what I am feeling and experiencing is normal.

I put off taking Prozac forever, tried St. Johns wort first because I don't like the idea of chemically altering my brain. (I'm a normal person, not crazy, I swear!) It didn't work so I'm on day 3 of Prozac. The first time I took it my chest felt like it was going to explode. Anxiety attack? Could this have been because I took my Xanax just prior to the Prozac? Like, are there any complications taking these two together? If Prozac takes at least a month to start working, I need my Xanax to get me by day to day.

Day two and three, of Prozac, I feel like a zombie. Not much going on in my head, very uninterested in things even though before I take the pills I feel pretty good - happy about good weather and other stupid stuff. When I get out of zombie-mode, physically I feel like there are bugs crawling in my brain and I can't tell what kind of mood I am in. It's like a mixture of fatigued, sad, angry, depressed, happy, silly- all at the same time. Is this all normal? I just want to know if these are the initial sort of side effects, and if I should fight through them these next couple weeks to see if I get better results, or maybe quit while I'm ahead? SO FRUSTRATING. Why me?!

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:08 PM

Seeing as to how you are BRAND new to an anti depressant Zombi-ness may be normal. Definitely re-visit this topic in a few days.
Additionally Prozac stays in the system for a long time. Really too soon to tell. You should have a better idea by Day 7.

Also, are you tapering off of Xanax or will you be continuing to take it?
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:48 PM

Most crazy drugs take 4-6 weeks to begin really working. You will jsut wake up one day and say- huh, I've been feeling so much better. Unless you just can't tollerate the initial side effects, I'd say stick it out. And if you can't, time to go back to your doc BEFORE you stop taking them.
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#4 aabbotoni

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:33 PM

I will eventually be tapering off the Xanax, as for now I am going to continue to take it as needed. Maybe once a day. It helps me in the evenings, as I get very on edge during these times. Not sure why though...
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:41 PM

Advice for OTC meds for a headache that won't interfere with the other junk?
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:55 PM

Tylenol or Ibuprofen should do the trick. I personally prefer rapid release versions.

and tapering off the xanax same month starting the prozac is a good idea. and like the other poster said if you can tolerate the side effects ride out the month.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:16 PM

Couple more questions...

Is taking Pepcid still okay?
Also, does Prozac cause ringing in the ears? Nothing like overwhelming, but it's constantly there. Even when I wake up first thing in the morning.
OH! And has anyone heard of Prozac lifting one's mood in just a matter of days? Physically my body is still adjusting but today I seemed...happy. Or maybe just more energetic. Not sure which.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:43 PM

Pepcid is fine. Tagamet not so much.

Ringing in the ears... it can happen.

Feeling some effects after 4 days... a good sign! Stick with it!
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Citalopram 40mg QD, Trazodone 50mg QHS

Medications to treat other conditions:
Lisinopril 5mg QHS (ACE inhib. for Kidney protection and mild HBP), Oxybutynin ER 10mg QHS (because an overactive bladder makes for an anxious mentally interesting person), Simvastatin 40mg QHS (because High Cholesterol is just part of the fun), Zegerid 20mg QD (because heartburn is really that much fun) OTC Tylenol 650mg 5x/day for chronic pain (because NSAID's just dont play nice with bleeding disorders)

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Allegra OTC 180mg QD for 7 Days for acute symptoms (because antihistamines cant be mixed for long periods of time with those with voiding dysfunction), Meclizine 25mg PRN for long excursions (because long trips make nauseousness magically reappear). Ibuprofen 800mg TID only for acute pain (because NSAID's dont play nice with bleeding disorders)

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:03 PM

I have lots of questions too but since taking Prozac my ears do ring for a few hours every couple of weeks. If I take a Xanax it will usually go away. I noticed my Ambien doesn't work on those nights either. It may be too much anxiety but I'm still trying to figure it all out. The weird happiness & zomieness went away for me after a couple weeks. It's been almost a month since you started Prozac, has it gotten better?
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:23 PM

It's been almost 2 months now. I can tell the Prozac is working, as I don't feel like I'm in a slump anymore. I'm able to get up an do things for myself. I also start a new job finally which is definitely making things better. So yay for the Prozac in that aspect. But I've noticed other weird things such as the bottom of my feet peeling, frequent night time urination, crazy weird dreams, tremors (mostly in my hands), and tightness in my chest whilst sleeping? Is this the Prozac? Maybe withdrawal signs from the Xanax? I have been taking the same amount of Xanax everyday for the past 4 weeks, maybe more, so I feel like my body built a tolerance for it awhile ago. So frustrated.
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