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   Posted 12/26/2006 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
ive been taking prozac 20mg for around a month or so, and although i feel i have more energy, i find it difficult to concentrate even on tv. i have work to do and i cant even start doing it as i cant even "make myself". i have a deadline in two weeks and im begining to get worried.
in the past i have taken supplements like ginko biloba to aid memory and concentration but im not sure what i can take with anti D's. anybody experiencing similar things? and any idea what i can take to help my concentration and memory? thankyou in advance xx
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   Posted 12/27/2006 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
If your meds don't state if you can take GB etc.... deffinitely check it out , you could phone your doc or ask your pharmasist as the only info on Prozacs site was this ;
You should not take PROZAC if you:
  • are allergic to PROZAC, or any of its components, or have had a bad reaction to PROZAC or generic fluoxetine previously.
  • are taking a type of antidepressant medicine known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), such as Nardil® (phenelzine sulfate) or Parnate® (tranylcypromine sulfate). Using an MAOI together with many prescription medicines, including PROZAC, can cause serious or even life-threatening reactions. You must wait at least 14 days after you have stopped taking an MAOI before you can take PROZAC. Also, you need to wait at least 5 weeks after you stop taking PROZAC before you take an MAOI.
  • are taking a type of antipsychotic medicine known as Mellaril® (thioridazine). Also, you need to wait at least 5 weeks after you stop taking PROZAC before you take Mellaril.
  • are taking a type of antipsychotic medicine known as Orap® (pimozide).

I'm sure others will come in on this one with info.

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   Posted 12/27/2006 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I would definitely ask your pharmacist. They go through rigorous training to become proficient in understanding meds and they often love to share than information. Your pharmacist will also be better informed than your doctor on contraindications and med interactions.
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   Posted 12/27/2006 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lilly, You may want to go ahead and phone your doc like the others have recommended here.  You have been on the Prozac a short period of time and though your doing better depression should still be able to function in all other areas of your life.  I agree that you should not mix anything over the counter without checking first to make sure it is safe.  Please do check in and let us know how it goes...

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   Posted 12/27/2006 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lily
Did you have lack of concentration before you took prozac?
The reason I ask is that when I am 'down' my mind gets stuck on one track and I cannot begin to concentrate on any task in particular.
I am taking 20mg. prozac and have always found that it takes about 6 weeks to kick in properly.
Maybe you need to just set yourself little tasks - easily acheivable ones - and go from a little more patient, remember to breathe calmly when you start to get agitated and don't forget to praise yourself for little jobs well done :))

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   Posted 12/31/2006 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
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