9 days on Prozac and I feel so strange and out of it

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Seanbigshow
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   Posted 6/25/2014 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,

I have been struggling with bad anxiety and depression since Feb this year and after trying, Paroxetie, Sertraline & Esctiopram, I saw a consultant and they decided to put me back on Prozac which is the first ant-depressant I was put in when I was 16 and they took about two weeks to work.

I felt great on Saturday just gone but now I feel so out of it and just like an alien in a bubble world. I am so scared now that I am going to go crazy and go over the edge even though the consultant told me it is just an anxiety disorder and I will get better.

I know that you normally get side effects and it seems maybe this is what is hitting me but it is also scaring the hell out of me because normality and all my dreams I had in life just seem so far away.

I may go into hospital because I don't know how much longer I can take this for. I have lorazapam to take when needed but it does not really do much for me. I wish I could just take a pill that would knock me out for a week or so to give time for the Prozac to kick in.

Sean

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   Posted 6/25/2014 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey SBS.,

I am sorry that you are feeling unwell right now.;(

Are you feeling any worse of different than the D/P D/R that you have as a symptom of the anxiety regularly?

Nine days seems like an eternity when you need relief as of yesterday, right?!?

However, you may just need more time for the medication to build, come to theraputic levles, and for your body/mind to adjust.

It is hard to wait, but relying on your coping skills a lot right now can help to take the edge off. Do your breathing, meditation, journaling...whatever you find the most helpful everday during you start up period.

Know that we are cheering you on!! Keep us updated.

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Seanbigshow
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   Posted 6/26/2014 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey SC,

I think it is a mixture of the DP coming from the higher anxiety due to the start up of the new tablets. The Lorazapam are helping at least but I don't want to get addicted to them so ideally I want the Prozac to kick in and then I will live happily ever after.....okay maybe it wont work like that but that is what I would like at least.

I find I am just sleeping so much to avoid the DP feelings so I am being a coward really.

How are you SC?

Sean

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   Posted 6/26/2014 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a long history with Prozac and have been on and off of it since the 1990's when it first came out.

I have found that, for me, it still remains the best medication.

I also noticed that each time I reintroduced Prozac into my program, it was a little tougher adjustment than the previous time and my symptoms got worse than the previous time as well. (Does that make sense?)

Like my body was putting up a fight, each time a little harder, to stay stuck in anxiety mode and not accept the Prozac. (Again, not sure this is coming out right).

Definitely have had some rough rides with my subsequent start ups. But for me, it has been so worth it. And I am not going to test the waters again! Hang in there!









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Seanbigshow
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   Posted 6/26/2014 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Merrida,

Thank you for your input, could you tell me what of sort symptoms you had when you started the Prozac again? for me I feel really spaced out and not with it at all.

Hope you are okay?

Sean

Merrida
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   Posted 6/26/2014 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Exactly!

Okay, just the last two times alone, I noticed I would get very spacey, feel out of it, disoriented. My Husband said there were periods (usually at night) when I'd act almost drunk (but that was transient). I felt hyper, edgy, I had a short temper, I felt confusion....

How's that for starters? :)

And yep, thank you for asking, doing fine with it now. (For me, I ended up needing to bump up my dose,....so go figure, eh?)








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Seanbigshow
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   Posted 6/26/2014 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Did you feel like you was going crazy at times or that you was losing touch with reality? Its like my thoughts are the same and stuff but I just feel disconnected and want to sleep all the time x

Merrida
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   Posted 6/26/2014 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep.

Sometimes I felt like I was only aware from the outside looking in, if that makes sense. But Hubby absolutely confirms it.

Things got pretty goofy for me the 2nd to last time I got back on Prozac (since the last time, obviously, I'm not messing with it again!) That was a particularly vicious start-up.







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Seanbigshow
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   Posted 6/26/2014 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Aw what dosage are you on now? did it take long for you to straighten out?

Merrida
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   Posted 6/26/2014 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
40mg/day...

Took a few months for me.



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Seanbigshow
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   Posted 6/27/2014 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
A few months? I bet that was hell surely to wait that long? I have been waiting since Feb this year to be well again and it has been the worst experience of my life without a doubt.

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   Posted 6/27/2014 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
 
I have probably been on at least half of the AD meds manufactured at one time or another and I did not tolerate Prozac and that is where the rub is for all of us.
 
We read where others did awesome on a med and when we try it we are unable to tolerate the same med.
 
At my worst (2006) I had a major depressive issue and high anxiety but never felt like I was going crazy. 
 
I just wanted all the horrible feelings to stop.   I would pray and beg my God to make it all stop.  I would repeat, " I want the real me back!"  Funny thing about the real me - it is who you are right now, not who you were 2,3 or 5 years ago.
 
I just wanted all the horrible feelings to stop.
 
I share this from time to time so I will post it here for you.

My first antidepressant was Elavil which caused me to have some tachycardia so it was changed to Nortriptyline.  Nortriptyline is the one drug that worked the longest, from 1982 - 2004.  I had some mini-breaks and then my Dr. tried me on Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft which I had side effects from and eventually went back on the  Nortriptyline , however, it never did work like it had the first time around.

I also saw a therapist and my Psychiatrist which joined my care team in 2006.

Next came the new generation drugs, Lexapro, Cymbalta ( which worked fairly good for  awhile but I was overdosed on this drug and my BP kept falling so we moved on to Norpramine which gave me an awful rash all over my body so that was stopped.

Along came Serazone - which my Dr. accidently over-dosed me on as he substituted mg per mg and I got a whopping dose, ended up in the ER and an overnight stay in the hospital.  But He apologized. <!--[if gte vml 1]>

So on to Seroquel which was way to sedating for a person working full time.

By now I had gained weight which I felt was due to the antidepressants so my Psych. Dr. let me try Wellbutrin and I was literally walking into walls and having severe hand tremors. 

Next came Celexa combined with Lamictal ( a mood stabilizer) .  The mood stabilizer worked some but not worth the possible horrible rash a person could develop so I went with Celexa and Trazodone which did pretty good until the information was released that nobody over a certain age should be on more than 20 mg and I was on 40 mg. Of course I was over that age and had to have an EKG and decreasing the med to 20 mg did not work. about this time was when I got sick in January of 2012 and my doctors (2 of them) dx the symptoms as my depression so my Psych. Dr. insisted I needed to be on Zoloft again and ramped up the dose to the max - I never felt good on this med and with  each increase I just felt worse.

Finally I said no more Zoloft - I want to go on Effexor XR with my Trazodone and Buspar for anxiety. This is my current cocktail:  Trazodone 300mg per day, Effexor XR, and Buspar    30mg twice daily.

 

As far as Benzos, I have been on Xanax, Ativan and Valium.  My Psychiatrist had a fit when she saw my PCP had me on 4 mg of Ativan per day so one of the first things we did was wean me off of Ativan very slowly - 6 months - and now I have some Valium to help my anxiety. 

I hope this helps you see the road can be long when trying to find the right medication but once you find one that helps you life feels so much better.

I never dreamed I would be a person who need medication for any mental health problems but like all disorders nothing keeps us immune from being dx with Anxiety/Depression.  The hard part is other people do not understand our disorder and tell you to "get a grip".  You will never hear me speak those words.

Sending you lots of good vibes for a wonderful day.

Kitt

 


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Seanbigshow
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   Posted 6/28/2014 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt, I hope you are well?

I have been taking these Prozac for 12 days now and I feel so terrible, I have high anxiety, low motivation, dont know what to do with myself and I feel like my mind is not my own.

Do you think all these sympoms will go away when the tablets kick in? Last time I was on Prozac, they took 2 weeks to kick in so I hope they do soon. I sound like such a wimp but I cant deal with the suffering anymore, I am a 34 year old man that is crying every day and its not right, even just writing this I am holding back the tears cause I cant see any light at the end of this tunnel.

If I dont get through this than I really want to thank you all for your support as you have got me this far.

Thank you

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   Posted 6/28/2014 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
If you know this will work once the bad effects wear off, you can do this!!

Seanbigshow
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   Posted 6/28/2014 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope so ....my brain just feels so frazzled and out of sync.....I dont know how much long I can do this

Merrida
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   Posted 6/28/2014 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
There's always the possibility that your body doesn't like it at this point. Hey, it happens. It's a decision to consider and discuss with your doctor.





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   Posted 6/29/2014 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to go to consultant in the morning. I really want to be admitted into hospital so I can get right help but I have to take into account that I have only been taking these Prozac for 13 days now. My brain just feels so frazzled and I feel spaced out and not with it. Nothing feels real around me and I feel disconnected.

I have finally stopped taking the codeine so all I am on now is Prozac and Lorazapam and also Zopiclone to help me sleep.

This is hell right now and I keep praying to God to bring me through but he does not seem to want to help.

Bananas20
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   Posted 6/29/2014 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sean! I have been thinking about you wondering how you are doing? I read the thread, give it some time to kick in my lexapro finally kicked in about 4 weeks and last night I upped it to 15mg due to anxiety and of course side effects today! Seriously! UGH! No more upping it I'll take the Xanax. Reading the bible relaxes me 100% and going to church and praying. Read philippians 4.6! Listen to mediation music go for walks.

How r u feeling today? Let us know how u make out tomorrow!
Take care of yourself.
Bananas

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   Posted 6/29/2014 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bananas,

So sorry I meant to check in on you but my head has just been overwhelmed. I am under the consultant now which is better than the doctors and I have to see him weekly.

I am so glad that Lexapro worked for you, last two SSRI's have not worked for me and I am losing hope, I dont know if I am feeling worse or it is just because I am not getting the relief I crave so much. Consultant has been really nice and given me Lorazapam which take a bit to kick in but then just make me sleepy which is then all I seem to do.

I cant help but think I have something worse but the consultant said it is bad anxiety, I just dont want to be here anymore tbh. Hopefully the prozac will work in the next few days but I am really worried that they dont and I wont have any hope left.

I am going to read the bible like you said as my faith is so low right now.

Thank you so much for messaging Bananas and I hope you continue to recover

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   Posted 6/30/2014 2:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sean, glad to hear your going to a consultant. Ask the consulant how long will drug take to be effective? The side effects r so hard to get through. Sat night I increased mine by .5mg and next day sick with all those lovely side effects. So last night i just took my reg 10mg.
Atleast this time u have something like Xanxax to
Take. Hang in there!! There r going to be great days along with not so great days. Keep me posted on your appt today.
Banans

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   Posted 6/30/2014 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bananas,

I just got back from consultant and they have doubled my dose of prozac from 20 to 40 mg and have given me a drug to take a night called Olanzapine which he says will help take the edge off things but I am really scared of taking them because they are an anti-psychotic drug?

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   Posted 6/30/2014 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sean, did u talk to Consultant about being scared of taking them?is a consultant same as a a psyh Dr over here? Did they come recommended? Have u been working on your breathing and walking or jogging? Do u have s dog? Dogs r the greatest!!im praying for you Sean!!

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   Posted 6/30/2014 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bananas,

Yes he said they would be fine though and not to worry, the only danger on them is they can cause you to be really hungry so I have to be careful with what I eat. I am still scared to take them lol.

I had to walk part way to the hospital as my car is out of action and then rest of the day I just slept which I think is the increase in the Prozac. This next week will tell a lot I think.

Maybe just maybe I will be normal one day. Are you okay?

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   Posted 7/1/2014 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Still feel crappy today :( ....I hope the 40 mg of Prozac works soon but I only upped the dose yesterday. I dont feel like that Olanzapine did anything to help and that is meant to work quite fast by all accounts.

The longer this goes on, the more I feel I am getting worse and not going to get better. I keep seeing people around me on here getting better and although I am so happy people are no longer suffering, I cannot help but wonder why I keep suffering so much.

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   Posted 7/1/2014 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry you have been suffering for so long but you've been through a lot of medication changes and perhaps that's why you're not getting relief fast enough. I believe that maybe you are dealing with the withdrawls from your last med and of course the start up of this one. I know how hard it is to be patient! I'm the same way! I want to be better yesterday. You have to try and have a little faith in yourself and do whatever you can within yourself to help you along. I truly understand. I think the problem is that we are always told that meds take 4 to 6 weeks to kick in. We'll that's simply not the truth. My p doctor told me that it takes 4 to 6 weeks at a therapeutic dose to see some changes. The changes may be small at first that we don't even notice them. There's usually not this magical light switch that goes on. It's subtle. Please try and hang in there. I've been on cipralex since beginning of April and i've finally had a stretch of decent days. I'm also joining a CBT group and going to do what I can to help myself further. Have some faith and rely on your friends here who know what it's like. You will be better and I look forward to seeing that in your future posts!
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