Can Anyone Tell Me Just How Prozac Works for Anxiety?

Question by uh ya whatever: Can anyone tell me just how prozac works for anxiety?
I’ve been on Effexor, Luvox, Paxil and Buspar for depression and anxiety. I just moved and got a new doctor who prescribed me Prozac. My pharmacist said they may make me feel a bit “anxious” for a couple weeks and after that will actually help the anxiety. Is this true?

Best answer:

Answer by AstraZeneca
While Prozac’s main action is that of an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), it can provide some help for general anxiety.

“Fluoxetine (Prozac) works for depression and several anxiety conditions, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). It is also used to treat eating disorders”

At higher doses is when people experience “restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, difficulty concentrating”. I’m sure that there could be a period of time where your body “re-adjusts” to the new chemical and during this period you could experience some anxiety but I doubt it is anything to worry about. If you do experience anxiety, it will most likely last 2 weeks tops. If it becomes a serious issue, see a doctor again and see if you can’t get put on an an anxiolytic for a week or to.

Answer by youre_okay
Honestly, it’s next to impossible to predict the way an antidepressant (which Prozac is) will affect you personally until you actually try it. My experiences with antidepressants have varied from feeling suicidal to feeling like i won the lottery. Hopefully Prozac will be a good fit for you. However, I am wary of the other person’s answer that cited that feeling bad should be ignored unless it persists for longer than 2 weeks. If you have negative side effects tell your doctor as soon as possible because some drugs to treat mental health conditions can cause new facets of the condition to express itself, and if it’s not “nipped in the bud” by changing dose/discontinuing, you could wind up feeling worse than you ever have before.

But not to be Debbie Downer. You surely can make that distinction for yourself.


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