Prozac for OCD

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   Posted 8/16/2007 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   

I have a question. I am new to this site. I had been on Prozac for about 9 years and it was wonderful. It almost totally alleviated all of my OCD symptoms. Well, I was incredibly stupid and thought I no longer needed medication and weaned off of Prozac last October. Needless to say, my OCD came back full force (worse this time around) in March of this year. I honestly thought I was going to die. Well, after a try on Lexapro which made me tired and more depressed I went back on Prozac. I started on 20 mg eight weeks ago, went up to 40 mg six weeks ago, and now have been on 60 mg for 2 1/2 weeks. The last time I was on Prozac 40 mg the entire time. Well, I am really scared. Sometimes I feel like I am feeling better and at other times I feel awful. I know increasing the dose brings increased anxiety, etc., but should I wait with the 60 mg for an extended period of time or do you think Prozac is not working for me this time????
I want this to work again so badly. I know the meds work because it worked for 9 years. I also know I can feel better because I did feel great. Please help me!!!!!!

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   Posted 8/16/2007 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I dont think it has stopped working for you I think you need to let it get right back into your system and prolly just a tad more than u took before ......thats just my opinion.........

Have you talked this over with doc and also being on the Lexapro it may take longer to get full benefits from the paxil .......I personally would talk to doc and see if you can work this out with the paxil.......

Maybe you need something short term as well right now until it does work fully
Just a thought

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   Posted 8/16/2007 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning

I agree with Lynn, give the Prozac more time. It is not unusal to need a increase in the dose to get it to kick in again.  If you have a lot of anxiety your physician may prescribe a med to help you with the anxiety until your Prozac is working well.

Please call your physician and we are here to support you.............keep on posting.

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   Posted 8/16/2007 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read on other boards that it takes a little longer to get the benfits your second time around on SSRI's. I know everyone is different but that seems to be a trend. I am in my 3rd week of 10mg of prozac and just bumped it up to 20mg today. I have been noticing little benefits here and there. I also take .25 klonopin when I feel like I am having a rough day until the Prozac fully works.

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   Posted 8/17/2007 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much all of you for your comments and support!!!!!

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