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Fluoxetine/Prozac experiences

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I've been taking fluoxetine for 7 years now and I'm starting to have second thoughts about it. It was the first thing they put me on so I just never bothered to change. I thought it helped although I had no support before hand so it could have been that as well. What i have recently thought about though is what if I'm not bipolar and it's the fluoxetine causing my symptoms? A side effect of it is mania and irritability and now that I think about it I never showed bipolar symptoms before I started taking it. It would make my life a lot easier if I wasn't bipolar and I could just change up my medication and be fine because I have to take invega to control my mania and it comes with a whole bunch of side effects. Plus I keep forgetting to take the fluoxetine and drinking and with that medication it could be making me feel a lot worse. I can't get into a dr to discuss my medication until the 11th and was wanting to know other people's opinions and experiences?
 

Walker

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Taking an anti depressant when one is bipolar can exacerbate symptoms so taking the Prozac might've just made them more prominent.
You could ask about dropping your meds for a time but you should note that many medications don't work as well the second time around. Prozac happens to be well prescribed for a reason (it's reliable!) I think you should talk with your Dr before making a decision - it's in barely a week now.
 

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