Increase in Prozac, feeling worse before better.

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   Posted 3/10/2007 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I've just started on 60mgs of prozac yesterday under the pdocs approval. Going up from 40 mgs.
I had noticed a difference being on 40 but my days were still too varied I wasn't staying level enough which especially with kids in the house (and for my own sanity) I need to be.
Prozac is the only drug I've noticed that I feel worse again with with an increase, all the others just made me dopey for a few days as I adjusted. Prozac gives me more anxiety and bad thoughts for the first 3 or 4 days. I'm on day 2 now so I'm hoping it'll go quickly. I keep saying to my husband I wish I was in hospital, I know it's only such a small thing but having trained people around me to reassure me that these feelings are normal would make all the difference.
Good news being my pdoc feels like I have been making headway with my anxiety, he's very much into journals and having stuff in writing for you to go back to. He says it's great that I've been challenging and using my own CBT against the anxiety. Getting in a car has been a problem since my near car smash so i really have to push myself on this issue but if I don't have to pay to go privately to hospital I really want to pack everyone up in another 2 or 3 months and say road trip to Queensland so I have a big positive to reach for.

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   Posted 3/10/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad you are working close with your doc .........and that the prozac seems to be working for you ......
I feel reading the posts of yours latley that I too see a lot of progress.......
It is alot easier having professionals as we feel more comfy about it
I am sure you will be okay as you know how you feel on it
The doc is right you should be proud of the challenges you have faced and overcome
Pleae kep us posted on how you are doing

I am hoping you are able to go too Queensland and reach that goal as well
It has to be hard to get past the near accident
Stay with us n know we are here for you
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   Posted 3/10/2007 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Lyn,
I just rung our crisis team as I feel so bad, my anxiety and agitation has shot through the roof and now I'm crying as well. They said it's normal as the prozac attaches to one of the main nerves in your brain and this happens while your body adjusts to the new levels. It also accounts for stomach problems which I've had all day today. I knew deep down rationally that it's just the increase making me feel bad but I still want to curl up in a ball and be comforted. sad
I'm racing ahead of myself worrying about being alone tomorrow with the kids and having to drive etc, I just want to be somewhere safe.

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   Posted 3/11/2007 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   

any valium type med will help you adjust to a higher antidepressant dose, also positive thinking about the hoped for improvement helps

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   Posted 3/11/2007 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I admire you for doing this. The thought of taking something that could make me worse in the short term is absolutely terrifying. You're doing the right thing, for sure. Hang in there.

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   Posted 3/11/2007 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
thankyou guys for replying,
I have valium here if needed, but I'm one of those that rarely touches it and by the time I do I'm too anxious for it to do much good.
This is the only med I've been on that does this to me, normally I can increase without any problems just not with prozac.
I'm seeing my GP today as my old health fund won't fax over all the doctors notes to the new health fund even though my case has nothing to do with them. My new one faxed her the forms straight away and at least seem empathic to what I'm going through. Hopefully we'll be able to get an answer soon on if I'm covered now or have to wait the pre-existing year for private hospital cover.

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   Posted 3/11/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on antidepressants and they worked for a while, especially the year we had so many deaths in both sides of our family in 2001. They don't work with some of the mes I am on for other problems, however. My councilor gives me exercises to help me through the panic and depression. I hope you feel better soon. Mu music helps, as well. Please excuse my t typing I am not with it all the way today. Take care.oi

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   Posted 3/11/2007 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for replying KodakPuppy,
My new health fund has the forms now I'm just waiting to see if they want more info or not. I'm just had a little cry because my big ex-cop of a neighbour gave me a hug as he also suffers anxiety. I think we were both getting ready to cry.
I don't feel quite as bad today as yesterday so here's hoping my body will obsorb the new dosage easier then last time.
Do you play music KP or listen to it?

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   Posted 4/15/2014 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
This post is so old but did you ever find relief with your higher dose of a Prozac Aussie? I hope these years have been good to you!

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