Posted 4/6/2007 6:37 AM (GMT -6)
For my tapering off prozac, what I did, on my GP's advice, was to start taking full dose (20mg) one day, then 1/2 dose every other day for 2 weeks. Then, 3rd week, 1/2 dose every day. 4th week, no dose one day, then 1/2 dose every other day. Etc, kept taking less each week, by the end (about 8 weeks) it was down to 10 mg every week I think- by that time I didn't feel any effects of the Prozac at all, and it was easy to stop taking the last dose.
I did feel like the time on Prozac helped me through a bad period (I'd been feeling pretty devastated after the end of a 10-year relationship) and when I began taking Prozac, I started going out again and being more energietic and involved with life. Moved to another city, met someone nice and now am fine w/out the Prozac. I know if I ever get that depressed again that I will have something to fall back on and help me out.
By the way, Prozac/fluoxentine, since it has a relatively long 'half-life' in the bloodstream, is one of the easier SSRI's to get oof of. Paxil is by far the worst. Google Paxil withdrawl if you want to read some horror stories.
all the best