[I need to know the correct way to wean oneself off of an SSRI...'cause I think I've had enough. And please don't tell me to talk to my doctor, 'cause he doesn't know sh_t...he just writes scripts when it comes to this stuff]:
I'm writing this in the middle of the night, 'cause I can't sleep. For the third day in a row, I'm having a really strange reaction to Prozac.
At night, I have the uncontrollable urge to move my legs around...I have difficulty getting to sleep as a result, I think. It's like I feel restless in the mid section of my body. I sweat somewhat; & toss & turn (& twitch my legs). Around 4 am, I guess I just pass out from exhaustion.
During the day, I'm feeling like I have no hope again, like I'm returning to my same old state of depression...like I don't have any creative impetus or enthusiasm for anything joyful. I'm annoyed & quick to anger.
Some of you may remember that I had a few early side effects from this stuff, but they we're of the normal variety & they went away. I seemed to level off...I began to feel better...then went into a state of limbo, where I just felt blah & flat & emotionless. Then last week, all week, I felt better; & I thought, well...it's finally working. Now this, after 4 weeks.
I'm told it takes 4 to 8 weeks to feel the full effect of Prozac...so I'm hoping this ain't it. But I really don't know if I'm a candidate for anti-depressants at this point...or if this is another SIDE EFFECT that will go away.
BUT...I do know that I do not like feeling like this...so something's gotta change.
My doctor won't know what to do...it's true that I originally told him what my depression symptoms were; & that he recommended Prozac. But he also told me to go on the internet & research what the best kind of anti-depressant would be, for me, and he would change my script accordingly if need be...so this guy is clueless. My pharmacist told me 20 mg. daily was a normal dose.
Sure hope someone can give me some good advice...thanks,