My Experience on Fluoxetine

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So I mentioned in my previous post that I wanted to do some more mental health posts and thought this would be a good place to start.  I’m currently on a 20mg of Fluoxetine which is a type of Prozac (anti-depressant).

I was put on this when I was 16 by my GP and started on a dose of 5mg.  I went to the GP because my mood was becoming really difficult for me to deal with, I never felt a lot of anxiety but I simply felt sad.  I would just cry for hours in my room, I lost interest in things, I didn’t go out much and felt generally quite useless.

My GP has always been lovely and I think this is really important when starting any type of medication, she explained to me that she thought I was going through a bit of a rough patch and counselling wouldn’t necessarily help, she described it as needed a ‘bit of a boost’.  Fluoxetine isn’t registered for people under the age of 18 (which doesn’t mean it’s unsafe, it just means it should be used a bit more cautiously), and because I wasn’t showing a lot of symptoms, I was put on a dose of only 5mg, which is  so small it can only be taken in liquid form (not tablets/capsules).

This really did give me the ‘little boost’ that I needed, unfortunately due to things happening in my life at that time, 5mg soon turned out to be not quite enough.  My dose was doubled and then later doubled again.

At this point, on 20mg, I was doing really well and in a good place so started slowly cutting down on my dose, which I had actually tried to do in the past but failed due to me not being in the right place.  I did well and actually stayed on a very low dose for a little while, I didn’t want to come off them completely but I was happy with the dose.

Skip forward a couple of months, after my overdose, my GP recommended I take 40mg of Fluoxetine, which is still the dose I am on now.  At the moment, I really feel it when I miss a day, it affects me the next day and I’m just sad again- there isn’t really another way to describe it.  At the moment I’m alternating 40-20mg dose, every other day, which I’m finding okay and hopefully, soon I will be back down to my 20mg dose daily.

I’ve personally had 0 side effects on this medication, I know weight gain is normally a big one for this medication but fingers crossed, I’ve been lucky with that.

I think that’s all and I’ll be doing some update posts soon.

Thanks for reading!

Steph Louise x

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