Drug Ratings for PROZAC

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 3  Depression, anxiety Has helped quite a bit with both depression and anxiety. What is bad is that I fall asleep very easily and could sleep all day and night. Have to really push myself to do anything. I'm going to call the doctor about the sleepiness F 60 13 days
20 mg 1X D
4/5/2014
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 4  major depression none Changed from Cymbalta because of cost/change in insurance plan. No difference in effect. F 58 1 months
2o mg 1X D
3/18/2014

 4  depression Whole body weakness. Mood swings taking branded prozac as generic doesn't work for me F 48 2 months
40 mg
2/16/2014

 1  Long term depression Extremely tired, loss of appetite causing weight loss of 8 pounds. Felt extremely nauseous from week 2 to 3. Helped a small amount but still felt depressed. Couldn't cry. Scary vivid nightmares. F 24 4 months
20 mg
2/4/2014

 4  anxiety/irritability/depression/PMD greasy, thinning hair; occasional headache; loss in appetite, maybe diarrhea? (That could be dietary!) Feel a little subdued, but thankfully my irritability totally subsided. The night I started this drug, a family member was killed in a car accident, and thankfully I haven't drowned in sorrow despite obvious sadness, the loss hasn't affected my job performance or ability to interact with others. I think it has probably helped me with coping. F 31 14 days
40 mg 1X D
1/27/2014
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 5  depression none Great Drug F 66 20 years
100 1X D
1/25/2014

 5  Depression, Bipolar 2 None 14 years, I have tried almost all the other SSRI,seroxat, dumyrox,lexapro, celexa, paxil, efexor, zoloft with bad side effects. This works for me fine. I take it in the morning, Gives me energy. At night I also take 0,5 mg of klonopin amd 75 mg of lyrica. This combination finally has helped me a lot. M 50 3 months
20 mg 1X D
1/22/2014
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 4  severe depression Insomnia first week or so which is settling down now. Improved concentration. Happy positive frame of mind. F 48 2 weeks
40mg
1/21/2014

 3  Depression Increased fatigue, increased appetite, headaches, not much help with the depression F 16 2 months
60mg
1/21/2014
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 5  depression and anxiety Insomnia and anxiety M 51 1 years
60
1/15/2014

 3  Anxiety OCD Weight gain/binge eating, headache, disturbed sleep. Helped with depression only briefly. Anxiety is currently worse. F 38 1 months
20
12/23/2013

 1  anxiety deppression Nausea very bad upset stomach, diarrhea insomia and lightheaded. F 31 8 days
20 mg
12/19/2013
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 3  depression Drowsy, weight gain, increased appetite, some anxiety, loopy feeling F 29 1 months
40 mg
12/11/2013
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 4  OCD/Anxiety/Depression/Anorexia Lack of libido Useful. Not a cue but I do much worse when off of it. F 10 years
80mg 1X D
12/10/2013

 4  Anxiety/depression Causing dry heaves in the morning and sometimes throughout the day. Occasional slight heart burn and stomach upset. Initial side effects seem to fade after the first week or so. Experiencing dry heaves in the morning. Having some stomach upset and acid problems-not sure if it's the Prozac or not. This medication works but takes time to get in your system. Going to stick with it and hopefully the dry heaves lighten up. M 50 14 days
20 1X D
12/9/2013
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 1  Major Depressive Disorder Just felt way more depressed, weight gain in a short time. I went onto this when zoloft and lexapro had severe side effects. I felt better the first couple of days in terms of mood but after that I felt way more depressed than when I started and went into a rapid decline. I experimented with not taking it some days towards the very end and felt way better even one day off it. I guess that it is just not for everyone and I am one of those ones. The only success btw I have had with antidepressants is celexa, 20mg per day. I am having a break from all meds for a while after the latest series of disasters! F 46 1 months
20mg 1X D
12/7/2013

 1  Depression and anxiety Not able to orgasm at all!!! irritability, extreme impatience, severe mood swings, diarrhea, fatigue, F 33 1 months
20 mg
11/15/2013

 1  Severe Depression,Panic Attacks, Intense anxiety, diarrhea, lack of focus. This is a big no no for me F 19 5 months
40 mg 1X D
10/13/2013
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 5  OCD/Depression Dry mouth. This medicine practically cured my OCD. I am so thankful for it. It took a while to work, but when it did, it really worked! F 41 10 years
60mg 1X D
9/30/2013

 1  EDNOS, BPD Panic attacks, paranoia, complete lack of emotions. F 17 7 months
60MG
9/29/2013
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 5  Depression, anxiety, stress Dry mouth and eyes, vivid dreams, daytime fatigue, slows metabolism, agitation/hyperactivity/decreased concentration, emotional numbness where it’s harder to feel in love, lowered libido and longer to orgasm, long taper when getting off meds/still get withdrawal symptoms even when tapering. Tapering off and getting through withdrawal takes patience-this process can be very frustrating if you have to resume a previous dose longer to avoid withdrawal. Also, very difficult to get through school or work day when going through withdrawal. I took Prozac from age 16-27. Pros: Gets rid of depression, anxiety, and stress. Also helps with headache prevention, PMS, IBS, SAD, fibromyalgia, low immunity, chronic pain reduction. Only take this med if severe depression, anxiety, or stress interferes with your daily functioning-otherwise the side effects aren’t worth it. Must weigh benefits of meds vs. side effects. Lower dosage can be just as effective as higher dosage. 5-10 mg works just as good as the 20 mg with less side effects. Some people even get benefits with a dose as low as 2 mg. Been doing well off meds for 8 years now. Great to feel my emotions again and orgasm more easily. F 35 11 years
20mg 1X D
9/26/2013
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 3  depression, anxiety, OCD When I was first prescribed I started with 10mg and it helped me a lot- I had so much energy that I would scrub my floor with a toothbrush, my depression improved, panic attacks and anxiety stopped completely within the first week. But once I was upped to 40mg, I lost all the positive side effects and things became worse than they were before I started taking them. Severe depression, no energy, increased appetite and weight gain, and constant trembling hands. F 19 10 months
10-40mg
9/26/2013

 2  anxiety Hot/cold flashes ,dizzynes,muscle aches,twitches,mild headaches,restlessnes,diarrhea,weaknes. M 19 2 months
20 mg
9/24/2013

 1  Bipolar Disorder I was prescribed this drug in, from what I can recall, mid-2002 and was taken off of immediately in early 2008. The reason why the psychiatrist prescribed me prozac was because he believed I was suffering from Bipolar Disorder (which I never was!). The reason why I was taken off prozac immediately was because of the severity of the following symptoms: • Visual and Audio Hallucinations; • Psychosis; • Gross Weight Gain/Morbid Obesity; • Mood/Personality Dysfunction; • Increased Appetite/Not Feeling "full". Being on this was utter torture and I DO NOT recommend it! F 23 5 years
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9/22/2013

 5  Anxiety Made me feel great at 20mg but I still needed that extra push so we increased to 40mg. I felt even better but then I was yawning a lot and clenched my jaws ALOT. Now I have constant headaches in the temple area which I believe is the clenching. Sex is awesome and pretty good with sleeping. I don't cry at the drop of a hat anymore but I do find it work when I want to cry . Sometimes I am lazy but a lot of the time I'm ready to go. I have noticed significant hair loss. I can't stand that part!!! All in all I like it, it makes me a happier person, but I don't want to bald👎 F 32 1 years
40mg
9/21/2013

 1  Depression Weight gain, decreased libido, vivid dreams F 20 6 months
150
9/21/2013

 1  Depression It caused irritation in my lungs, insomnia, indigestion, an inability to breathe deep, fatigue, Cervical Dystonia, some muscle weakness, dizziness. I took one dose and then stopped due to the side effects. I took one dose of this and experienced the aforementioned side effects. Needless to say, I stopped it and took it no more. M 51 1 days
10 MG. 1X D
9/6/2013

 1  depression poo poo don't work no sex life whatsoever. Poo poo won't get erects anymore. Only good to pee now. M 60 7 days
20mg 1X D
8/22/2013

 2  Depression, mood stabilization Anorgasmia and erectile dysfunction. Those are my only gripes. I hated them. SSRI's do the job, but my side effects sucked. I took in conjunction with 45 MG Remeron. M 30 6 months
20 MG
8/17/2013

 4  bipolar Increased sex drive..hard to sleep F 35 2 months
20 mg
8/11/2013

 5  clinical depression sleepy in afternoons when first started This medication gave me my life back. Started out at 10 mg along with counseling, and was able to function normally. After ten years the dosage was increased to 20 mg. This worked well for another nine years then stopped being effective. I struggled for a year taking no antidepressant at all, and since have been prescribed Sertraline which is helping. F 59 19 years
10 - 20 mg 1X D
8/3/2013

 2  OCD, ADHD, anxiety, depression Drowsiness, spaced out, felt like my brain was injected with lidocaine, didn't feel any emotions, felt like a zombie. Anhedonia, lost all ambition, became very content with everything, just didn't care anymore. I went to see my GP about fatigue and some OCD and he put me on Prozac 10mg. I was so sick, drowsy, I couldn't function despite drinking copious amounts of coffee, Red Bull, and taking 30-45mg Dexedrine which normally keeps me alert. Nothing helped...went down to 5mg then 2.5mg and still felt awful. I've been through all SSRIs, they are all garbage. F 36 2 months
5 mg 1X D
7/3/2013
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 1  Anxiety Roller coaster emotions. Intense guilt, depression, worthlessness, paranoia. Lately, I've had suicidal thoughts and have felt self-destructive. I feel like s**t right now. I had a terrible evening and I really don't want to live anymore! I'm afraid this drug will cause me to kill myself. It's getting pretty close now!! M 43 12 months
40 mg 1X D
6/26/2013
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 4  major depression & anxiety Weight gain due to blood sugar changes that doctors do not cop to. Insomnia, water retention, and a bit of joint-swelling. This drug does not need to be prescribed at high doses. I do great with just 5 mgs, and did ok w/10 except for the side effects were a bit worse. One can minimize the side effects of the weight gain simply by sticking with a low dose and being on a low-carb high-protein diet. I highly recommend this drug at a low dose for those with depression. Very effective, safe, and reliable. Also, if ya skip a dose, there are minimal withdrawal symptoms, but particularly at the low dose of either 5 or 10 mgs. This medication has been the best and I have tried a lot over the course of 10 years. I keep going back to Prozac for a reason. Also, it has not messed up my sleep as badly as a higher dose does, and I can concentrate very well on it. My brain works better, I think clearer, and am in better control of my emotions on it. I also have had no problem with any sexual issues on this drug. All is well as far as that goes...at least for me. Btw, taking fish oil, probiotics, and digestive enzymes are very helpful while on this drug as far as weight. Taking them helps keep weight issues to a minimum. I have had a weight gain of only 15 lbs on this in the past 10 years, and I'm 44. Not too bad. I DO work out and watch my diet though. That is truly crucial. Please be advised that this medication can heighten the happy feelings of alcohol, and can cause cravings for alcohol with minimal hangovers. Very dangerous that way to the liver and to one's health. If ya like alcohol F 44 1 years
5 1X D
6/25/2013
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 4  Anxiety Panic and Mild Depression Nausea.. Mild.. Headache.. Some Constipation.. Total loss of appetite.. I have been on Lexapro for nearly 2 years and it did help but I was always exhausted feeling about mid afternoon. Although it helped with my anxiety issues, it never really helped much with panic so I asked to switch and my pdoc and I agreed on Prozac. I slowly went off the Lexapro and started adding 2.5MG of Prozac for every 2.5MG of Lexapro I would lessen. The Prozac seems to be less sedating so far but I think there's some residual Lexapro still in my system at this point so we'll see in a week or two. The cool awesome thing is my ability to orgasm easily came back, and it came back STRONG and POWERFUL. I still have delayed orgasms but when I finally ejaculate it's extremely intense. I also have ZERO appetite which is fine for now because I could stand to lose about 15 pounds, so most of my food is forced down. And I'm back to sleeping for 6 or 7 hours a night instead of 8 or 9 like I was on Lexapro... Hopefully it will hit the Panic attacks better than the Lexapro did - but so far - I'm happy with the switch... M 43 6 weeks
10 MG 1X D
5/29/2013
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 4  Depression (SADS, anxiety) Heart burn Prescribed by psychiatrist for SADs associated depression. Initially took a low dose (20mg) with light therapy. It took a month to work but I definitely feel better. I don't feel like sleeping in anymore. My social anxiety has decreased, I don't feel like I'm a downer in conversation anymore. Still have trouble staying motivated on some things (like work). Definitely not pro-medication but given that exercise and diet only helped a little, I appreciate this drug. F 27 9 months
30 MG 1X D
5/15/2013
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 1  depression, anxiety strong suicidal thoughts, unresolvable stinky armpits! flattened cheeks, slight decrease in appetite, sleepy, lethargic, dull, irritable, overly sensitive, nervous, anxious, felt like I was losing myself, going a tiny bit insane. This one's a no no for me. I experienced more pain and depression. I wanted to stick it out longer but the side effects became increasingly harsher for me to tolerate. I took the brand name. F 30 2 weeks
10 1X D
5/4/2013
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 3  Depression OCD anxiety I have been on various doses of prozac. I was on 80 for obsessive compulsive i used to be really funny wrote jokes did standup on high dose of Prozac I stop laughing feel sluggish dull numb. When i went off tried other i gained 15 lbs so i went back to prozac I like being on 40 mg but then i obsess over guys anxious. I am also on Wellbutrin I am bipolar F 52 10 years
80
4/20/2013
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 3  Depression and anxiety When I had my dose doubled from 20mg it had a dramatic affect on my concentration, I couldn't work or even watch a whole TV programme but this became less of a problem after a couple of months. I feel sick every day but am never actually sick, it's a managable problem. F 16 6 months
40mg
4/20/2013

 4  Depression Depression lifted, became motivated and happy. felt i had a reason to live again. my head became clearer. i did lose weight due to lack of appetite that leveled out after about 3 months. F 25 7 years
20mg 1X D
3/29/2013

 2  depression Emotional numbing, reduced libido I felt so much better initially after starting Prozac, I wanted to keep going up on the dosage. Psychiatrist started me at 10 mg, then 20, now 30. I am a poet and lyricist. I feel as though I don't have anything to write about anymore. I seldom cry anymore. I can't have an orgasm during sex anymore. The lack of emotion is, in and of itself, depressing. F 51 3 months
30 mg 1X D
3/22/2013

 1  Depression Was so depressed I couldn't move or speak was given Prozac after 2 tablets was running around doing aeroplanes,then hysterical laughter,then collapsed on floor crying,then profuse sweating and muscle spasms. Spent 12 hours rapidly switching between these states until given high dose of diazepam. Does this mean I could have bipolar 2.then put on seroxat and was totally out of control for two years. F 32 1 days
1X D
3/21/2013
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 4  Depression I have been on Prozac since 1988. It is a wonderful drug and I'd be dead without it (suicide). I've had two side effects that I can recall. One is severe heartburn.. I have been told, by several doctors, that this is very rare. The other side effect is that I CAN'T CRY! I had to have my dog put down on January 7, 2011 and I cried like a baby.. Yesterday, I had to have my other dog put down and also cried like a baby but I haven't cried in 26 months, otherwise! I feel numb. Oh we'll. F 40 10 years
30 mg
3/6/2013
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 5  Panic Attacks, depression mild headache I just started taking this medication and so far I love it! The only side effect i have is a mild headache! I already feel much better!! F 2 days
20mg 1X D
3/4/2013
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 5  clinical severe depression, panic feeling giddy and euphoria F 57 3 days
20mg
2/24/2013

 5  depression No side effects. But it only works for Depression, not nightmares or anxiety F 28 10 years
40
12/23/2012

 3  Lifelong Depression & Anxiety Decreased ability to concentrate, apathy, excessive sleepiness, headaches at 60mg Prozac significantly lowered my anxiety, but eventually everything rolled off me to where I couldn't motivate myself to get things done. It did its job as far as balancing out mood swings/panic attacks though, and wasn't too difficult to get off of (unlike my experience with Effexor). No sexual side effects or significant weight loss/gain. Prozac was definitely less harsh than a lot of the other medications I've tried (Effexor, Lexapro, Abilify, Wellbutrin, etc.) so I would more readily recommend it to others. F 22 2 years
40-60 1X D
12/10/2012

 4  Depressive half of bipolar disorder Less depressed, not too agitated, eating better, not sleeping too much, less anxiety, and actually talking to people. F 15 1 years
20 MG
11/28/2012

 1  Major depressive Wanted to die more. Homicidal(never there before) and suicidal thoughts. Would write things that made no sense. Disconnect from the world, life felt like a dream. F 14 6 months
20-40 MG
11/16/2012

 5  depression and stress I never considered myself stressed or depressed. I just figured I was not one of those cheery cheery kinda people. I went to my Dr and he said I was as stressed and depressed as he has ever seen anyone. He prescribed prozac and told me to give it 3 weeks before casting judgement. I cannot explain in words how much better I feel. It's amazing. I'm not angry, I don't scream and yell all the time. I have patience! And a lot of them. My sex drive is back and dh loves it. I want to hug my Dr and thank him but that would be weird. The absence of my anger and stress is very strange... It's almost like, wait a minute somethings missing but I got over that. Lol one more thing, killed my appetite. Yay! No more eating all day out of boredom. F 35 6 days
10
10/19/2012
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 4  major depression anxiety Works pretty well for me so far, going into 3rd week. Definitely feel more even, chilled out. Was highly emotional up& down ALL the time with severe crying episodes. Now just sort of "it is what it is" feeling. Drawback: went to a best friends funeral yesterday & couldn't cry. Emotions seemed muffled & constipated a lot. Switched to prozac after being taken off of Wellbutrin, which caused hair loss like bald spots, severe muscle aches & increased anxiety. Definitely favor the prozac! F 39 3 weeks
20
10/7/2012

 1  anxiety depression Everything has happened. I feel like death. And I am homeless with chronic headaches. I don't have any help. Please help me if you can. God Bless. F 57 9 days
10
10/7/2012
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 1  Anxiety depression I have Gaatroparesis, so was given the liquid version. Was doing 5 mg. basically 1 tsp. Per day, a very low dose. This crap is making ne feel numb, trapped in my head, and overall WORSE! Would not reccomend this to anyone. Also gave me bad mood swings. Angry, then depressed. No joy at all. Headache, nausea ( worse than usual ) im calling my doc tomoorow, and stopping it! M 38 1 weeks
5 mg
9/24/2012
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 4  OCD/anxiety/Depression No sexual desire, lack of sensation in genitals, genital pain (subsided somewhat) Other than the previously mentioned side effects this drug works very well for all of my complaints. Too bad about the sexual side effects. F 26 2 months
40mg 1X D
9/16/2012

 1  depression At first thought this was a wonder drug felt spaced out. The longer I was on it waking up every 2 hours at. night,sweating,craving alcohol, weight gain that I couldn't lose even when hardly eating nothing. Became like numb didn't care about anything, also loss of libido thought of it made my skin crawl. Anyway came off it 6 weeks ago cold turkey and just starting to feel better also used to get a wierd pain in my head and eye pressure. F 47 2 days
20mg
9/6/2012

 1  Anxiety dizziness, confusion, mood swings, headache This medication made me feel like I was constantly "buzzed". I had trouble remembering things and it made me feel like I had a constant weight on my body. It also made me have mood swings, one minute happy the next crying, the next angry. It made me be a whole different person than I am. F 30 10 days
20 mg 1X D
9/1/2012
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 2  For anxiety and OCD Made me emotionally numb, tired, and have a reduced sex drive/ability. Prozac didn't help me one bit, or to be more accurate it made my anxiety slightly better but caused other problems. It is a mood leveller; it may reduce anxiety, but in doing so reduces emotions like happiness and excitement. Emotions become indistinct; everything is dull. It is like a big steamroller flattening out the emotional landscape because it does not discriminate between feelings like anxiety and those like happiness. Think carefully before you take it. M 18 2 months
20 mg 1X D
8/29/2012
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 4  major depressive disoder adrenline rush, drowzinez I have only taken it for a short while, but it has helped tremendously; the side effects are already subsiding! F 49 30 days
20 1X D
8/10/2012
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 4  Severe Depression/Anxiety Attacks I noticed dramatic mood change within two days. My only issue is excessive yawning. By excessive yawning, I mean I'm yawning every minute or less to the point where it hurts my jaw. However I found that's fixable with a sprite. I haven't had any anxiety issues which is a big deal for me because I was taking xanax up to four times a day. The only major problem I'm having besides excessive yawning is it makes me sleep. I have to take it at night because it works like Benadryl for me. F 23 1 months
20 MG
7/21/2012

 5  Panic disorder, agorophobia increased anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and decresed sex enjoyment( but still able). However this was in the beginning and is usuall. Take a low dose to minimize this. My side effects were still mild. Now my life is back to being good. No panic attacks in 2 months. By the way, ssri take 5 weeks to work. Sometimes 3 months. Be patient and take everyday at sametime. Blessings M 28 3 months
20mg
7/11/2012

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