When a person decides that they are ready to discontinue Prozac, a doctor will likely recommend gradually reducing, or tapering, their dosage. Tapering usually lasts 4 weeks, but a doctor may suggest tapering the medication over 6–8 weeks to reduce the risk or severity of symptoms.
Can I stop taking Prozac on my own?
Do not stop taking fluoxetine, even when you feel better. With input from you, your health care provider will assess how long you will need to take the medicine. Missing doses of fluoxetine may increase your risk for relapse in your symptoms.
How do i taper off of Prozac?
Fluoxetine Due to long half-life, tapering is usually not required; may reduce gradually over a minimum of 2 weeks if dose is ≥40 mg/d. Fluvoxamine Reduce gradually over at least 1–2 weeks; 50 mg every 5–7 days to final dose of 25–50 mg.
Do you need to taper off fluoxetine?
All drugs (with the possible exception of fluoxetine) should be slowly tapered to reduce the incidence of a discontinuation syndrome. You may initially be prescribed or switched to drugs with a longer half-life (like fluoxetine).
What happens when you wean off prozac?
Overall. You may have flu-like symptoms including headache, muscle pain, weakness, and tiredness. Mood. You may have extreme anxiety, agitation, panic, suicidal ideation, depression, irritability, anger, mania, or mood swings.
How long does it take to wean off Prozac?
|Drug||Time until medication is half out of the body||Time until medication is 99% out of the body|
|citalopram (Celexa)||36 hours||7.3 days|
|escitalopram (Lexapro)||27 to 32 hours||6.1 days|
|paroxetine (Paxil)||24 hours||4.4 days|
|fluoxetine (Prozac)||4 to 6 days||25 days|
What happens if you quit Prozac cold turkey?
Stopping fluoxetine can cause several withdrawal symptoms, including flu-like symptoms, digestive issues, sleep problems, and mood changes. However, several strategies and treatments can reduce or prevent such discontinuation symptoms. People should work with a doctor to come up with a plan that best meets their needs.
Can I take Prozac every other day?
Maximum recommended dose is 60mg/day. A lower or less frequent dose (eg, 20mg every second day) should be considered in patients with hepatic impairment (see section 5.2), or in patients where concomitant medication has the potential for interaction with fluoxetine (see section 4.5).
How long after stopping antidepressants before I feel normal again?
In studies on adults with moderate or severe depression, 40–60% report improvements within 6–8 weeks. Those who wish to come off antidepressants because they feel better should ideally wait for at least 6–9 months after complete symptom remission before stopping their medication.
What is the hardest antidepressant to come off of?
- citalopram) (Celexa)
- escitalopram (Lexapro)
- paroxetine (Paxil)
- sertraline (Zoloft)
Can coming off Prozac cause weight gain?
1In fact, Prozac is actually considered one of the weight-neutral antidepressants, meaning it doesn’t typically cause weight gain.
How long can you stay on fluoxetine?
How long will I take it for? Once you’re feeling better it’s likely that you will continue to take fluoxetine for several more months. Most doctors recommend that you take antidepressants for 6 months to a year after you no longer feel depressed. Stopping before that time can make depression come back.
Will I lose weight if I stop taking Prozac?
If you decrease your daily calorie intake as a result, you could potentially lose weight by stopping your antidepressants. On the other hand, if you experience loss of appetite with depression, and your depression comes back after stopping antidepressants, you may also lose weight.