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How long do the side effects last after you stop taking prozac?

By July 13, 2009 - 11:58am
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My 13 year old son, who has high-functioning autism, developed OCD last fall. He was put on Prozac (10mg) for about 3 months. At the end of 3 months, his behavior changed DRASTICALLY. He talked about suicide a lot. He talks about sex a lot and does a things that can only be described as deviant. He urinated on his father and pulled his bathing suit down in the ocean and pretended to masterbate. The doctor took him off of the prozac. She feels that these behaviors are a side effect of the prozac. Is this possible? If so, how long will these behaviors continue?

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I too have just had that same problem with my son, in fact, I am looking for some answers to this problem currently. My son, who is also autistic and mild mental retardation with OCD was put on Prozac and immediately was doing the same thing, always trying to run away, going to school, kicking, hitting and groping teachers throwing chairs and hitting his head on the wall. It seemed like it would come and go and when asked, he said at times he felt like he was out of control. He even stated that if the police would come, he would kill them with a knife. Needless to say, we are seeking some answers, the psychologist reduced his meds, but his symptoms still come and go with him being completely off the meds for about a week now. Reading thought says it could take up to a couple of months. His mother and scared, we have another son with cancer that he took off after the other day and a toddler that we are worried about. We can never leave him alone and don't know really what to do.

October 8, 2014 - 10:43pm

I took Prozac for about 3 months and had terrible diarrhea while taking it so I withdrew slowly as per my doctors instructions. I couldn't fo out of the house. Boy, for a medicine that is supposed to help depressions and anxiety, Prozac made mine 100 % worse. I was literally a prisoner in my own home. I was running to the bathroom every 1/2 hour or sooner. I have had diarrhea ever since withdrawing, and it's been 1 month. The diarrhea come and goes.One day I think, "oh, good, it's gone and then whamo, it's back. I am soo distressed over this darned medicine. I wish I had NEVER started taking it.
My daughter was murdered by my husband and then he came home and shot himself in front of me.I was really in a bad state of mind so my doctor thought Prozac might help to pull me out of my depressions.Well, guess what? it is worse!
Does anyone know approx. how long diarrhea will last?any suggestions as how I can get rid of the CURSE of diarreha?
Please help.

June 25, 2014 - 5:07am
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I was taking 30mg. of rmeron and 20 mg. of Lexapro and .5 mg of clonazepam had no emotional feelings just here, didn't hardly talk so I went down to 10 mg. of Lexapro for a while then 5mg. then stopped the Lexapro, went down to .25mg. of clonazepam, still taking remeron but reduced it just a little. Now I have a lot of rage, anger but I feel things. I don't like this either. Will it get better?

September 6, 2013 - 2:49pm
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I have been trying cymbals 30mg to 60mg with in 3myths. I'm also on methadone and the interactions cause a decrease in the effects of the methadone. So I started behaving like a person with ADD. Other strange side effects. I started taking 30mgs of cymbals, whinging off, I did this for 7 days. Panic attacks, rapid speech, sweating nausea,etc....... my Dr put me son Prozac 20mgs. It seems to fit my depression needs. One day I'm ok,next I'm flipping out, horrible withdrawal symptoms from the cymbalta, or as it seemed? I don't know what to do I m miserable,barely able to function. My mom died months ago and now I'm cleaning out her belongings. Not helping the panic attacks and crying,and super paranoia. My plan is to stop Prozac but when? I've only been trying it for 7 days. THANKS I need help.

August 14, 2013 - 5:14am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

I am sorry you are having such difficulties and our condolences on the death of your mother. Emptying out her things is really difficult and brings back floods of memories. Do you have someone who can help you with this?

A person should never "stop" any kind of anti-depressive. These meds need a very slow weaning, from several weeks to several months. In fact, several weeks is often far too fast. The side effects of weaning are awful - I know this first hand. But of course the side effects of being on them (or off them) are hard too so it seems like a catch-22.

You really need to talk to your doctor about coming off at all right now, since you are dealing with so much. Is it the right time? Is your weaning dosage correct or does it need an adjustment? These are questions you need to discuss. I also highly recommend that you talk to your doctor about talk therapy.

Please let us know what you think!



August 14, 2013 - 12:17pm
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I took Fluoxetine (prozac) for 3 weeks and made the mistake of drinking an energy drink while I was one it. I had a lot of bad side effects from it and my hole body went numb I could hardly breath my heart slowed down really so an I couldnt even tell if my body was even workin cuz I couldnt feel anything from head to toe. I felt parilized an my vission was blury. i could here but couldnt respond it felt as if I was dead and it scared me. after the energy drink wore off I developed a tick jerks and jitters. kinda like my nerves were jumping but they went away after 2 weeks.I have been off the meds for 27 days now and my body still hurts. every musle is sore an I still have a little trouble breathing. I stay tired an want to do nothing but sleep all the time. I was told that the meds would b out of my system 99% in 25 days and its been longer than that and Im still geting the side effects. sometimes I dont want to even walk because it hurts to even move. what can I do and should I be concerned about the fact the side effects wont go away after the 25 days.

October 6, 2012 - 4:42pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for your post!

You really need to see a doctor regarding these side effects. They are not normal. Additionally, something else may be going on as it's unlikely one energy drink is causing this - 25 years later.

Please put a call into your doctor's office, as soon as possible.



October 8, 2012 - 12:55pm
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Prozac has taken my life. I was on it for about nine months and went cold turkey 3 months ago.I have been moody, paranoid,suicidal, etc. It has taken my relationship and reduced me to a monster. I regret ever taking it.Next time I will handle my depression naturally.Time heals all wounds.Prozac is evil

April 28, 2012 - 10:27pm
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Give all your worries to GOD

October 26, 2011 - 12:46am

thanks everyone for your help.. i am trying hard to stay away from alcohol and sometimes i just feel that i miss it too much.. as if it would solve all my problems when i actually know it doesn;t . pray for me.. i'm doing my best. thanks everyone.

October 23, 2010 - 11:03am
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