Getting off prozac, please advise

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CaptSue
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   Posted 3/8/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I usually post over on the Lupus Forum as I have MCTD (an auto immune disease). Anyway, I've been taking Prozac (20 mg, once a day) for about three months. It was a progression from anti anxiety meds and started with sleep problems. My sleep problems are no better and when I asked my rhuemy (who prescribed the Prozac) she said if it wasn't helping the sleep problems I should just get off it by going to 10 mg once a day for two weeks. This really scares me. I mean, I really think it has done lots of things to my brain (ok, sleep wasn't one of them) and I wonder if it is unrealistic to stop so quickly. I am on prednisone and have tried to lower (according to the docs unrealistic ideas) that and have physical problems (hands get stiff, etc.) Now I worry what mental problems I will have with "oh, just take 10mg's a day for two weeks and then quit".

Any ideas would be helpful. I have lots of 20mgs left and could try another path of lowering it. I am also going to see my GP (my rhuemy has dismissed my sleep difficulties after I said it wasn't pain waking me up) and my GP could help out.

Thanks to all,
Stay Strong,
Sue
Diagnosis: Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena (both diagnosed in 2006)

Meds: prednisone (5.0 mg and tapering), Imuran (2X50mg), Prilosec(2x20mg), Prozac (20mg)


ShynSassy
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   Posted 3/9/2007 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue
It is very hard to get off of anti depressants..Is there any way she can order something else to counter act the withdrawls that you might experience? I do agree that just going to half for two weeks could be a problem.
I could see taking the usual dosage for a couple days,then down to 15 for a few days,then down to 10 ect ect.
I would also keep a few of the 20mg around just in case you start feeling really bad and need a bump up.
I myself went cold turkey from taking 3 different meds,and believe me it is hard. I would not recommend that to anyone!

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jordaNZone
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   Posted 3/9/2007 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Sue
I honestly believe that going to your GP and getting all this sorted out before you change any dosage of your current meds is the best option ~ that way you will have shared your concerns, explained fully how you are feeling just now - including the 'not sleeping' etc. with your doc, thus setting your mind at ease about the whole situation.
Just so you know, from my own experience going off prozac by cutting down the dose has been easy for me..but you have other health complications to contend with - and checking with your GP first is the wise thing to do :-)
Keep us posted as to your progress.
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CaptSue
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   Posted 3/10/2007 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Maree and Sassy,

Thanks for your thoughts. It turns out my GP appointment isn't until April but I think I am going to move it to sooner. I haven't filled the 10mg prescription as I am hesitant (and I have a couple of months of the 20's). I just know how hard it is to go off some drugs (I'm having difficulty lowering my prednisone past 5mg and my rhuemy was a little casual with that to - "oh just go to 2.5 for a couple of weeks" didn't happen.)

So - it is wait for the GP appointment. Thanks!

*hugs*
Sue
Diagnosis: Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena (both diagnosed in 2006)

Meds: prednisone (5.0 mg and tapering), Imuran (2X50mg), Prilosec(2x20mg), Prozac (20mg)


ShynSassy
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   Posted 3/11/2007 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Luck Sue

Keep us posted

And stay strong!

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