Prozac withdrawal is most likely to occur in people who abruptly stop taking their medication (known as quitting “cold turkey”) or in those that have missed a few doses.
Notify your doctor right away if you experience any of the following withdrawal symptoms while taking Prozac: anxiety, irritability, agitation, lightheadedness or dizziness, psychosis, confusion, headache, insomnia or sleep disturbances, and fatigue or tiredness.
The symptoms tend to improve with time, but can require medical attention depending on the severity and duration.
The good news is that Prozac, compared to other antidepressants, is less likely to cause withdrawal because it tends to stay in one's system longer.
What Is Prozac?
Prozac is a SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) medication commonly prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, PMS, panic attacks, and other conditions.
It works by balancing the serotonin levels in the brain which helps balance mood and emotions. Depression is thought to be caused by an imbalance of serotonin in the body.
Withdrawal symptoms typically occur in those individuals who do not take their Prozac as recommended by their prescribing doctor. As a result, you should only take your Prozac exactly as prescribed; do not guess, and never assume that ignoring your prescription instructions is a safe practice.
Do not quit cold turkey or abruptly stop taking Prozac, as that is the most common cause of withdrawal.
Avoiding withdrawal from Prozac is best achieved by discontinuing Prozac doses gradually and slowly weaning off the medication over time.
In order to safely discontinue this medication, work in conjunction with your prescribing doctor who can gradually and safely reduce your dosage in order to help avoid withdrawal.
As always, raise any questions or concerns with your prescribing doctor. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of withdrawal, and become and informed consumer.
In addition, never take any Prozac that was not prescribed specifically for you.
If you experience severe or unusual reactions while taking Prozac, seek immediate medical attention at your nearest hospital emergency room. This is especially important in cases of possible allergic reactions, or if you have problems breathing, difficulty swallowing, hallucinations, confusion, loss of consciousness, or suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
After you are discharged from the hospital emergency room, follow up with your prescribing doctor to notify them about your situation.