- Mental Health
Why I stopped taking Fluoxetine (Prozac).
About a year ago I was prescribed Fluoxetine (Prozac) to help with my anxiety and depression problems. I began on a dosage of 20mg (one capsule) per day and in recent weeks had this dosage increased to 40mg (two capsules) per day after I explained to my Doctor that the 20mg dosage hadn't really seemed to make much difference to my problems. It was shortly after this dosage increase I began to notice various side effects that had been less obvious beforehand and so I had simply tolerated them, now they were starting to become a problem. It wasn't long afterwards I found out that Fluoxetine contains Fluoride, and at a higher level than I was comfortable with ingesting.
Charles Elliot Perkins, the research scientist sent by the US government to take charge of I.G. Farben chemical plants in Germany discovered that " The real purpose behind water fluoridation is to reduce the resistance of the masses to domination, control and loss of liberty." In his report to the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research in October of 1954, he said, "Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluoride will in time reduce an individual's power to resist domination, by slowly poisoning and narcotizing a certain area of the brain, thus making him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him."
Toxicologist Phyllis Mullenix demonstrated in the mid-1980s that rats given fluoride as youngsters or adults became passive, underactive and lethargic.
Those of you who read my recent hub on the Dangers of Fluoride will understand why I found this very alarming and immediately made the decision to stop taking the Fluoxetine and to speak to my Doctor about an alternative fluoride free option instead.
The Side Effects I Experienced on Fluoxetine.
Brand Names: Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Sarafem, Selfemra, Oxactin, Ranflutin, Prozep, Prozit
As I mentioned earlier I experienced various side effects whilst on the Fluoxetine (Prozac), and these got worse once my dosage was increased, plus they rapidly reduced once I stopped taking them. I wonder if anyone reading this who is already on, or has previously been on, Fluoxetine will recognise the following side effects:
1) decreased sexual desire
3) exaggerated reflexes
4) memory loss
5) tremor, trembling or shaking
6) abnormal dreams
8) acne/skin rashes
9) joint pain (especially in my knees)
10) reduced appetite
Personally I found the worst and most annoying side-effect was the constant jerking of my limbs, especially when I was trying to sleep. For no good reason I would find my legs twitching and kicking or my arm suddenly flinging itself out of the bed, often colliding with the bedside cabinet en-route.
Other known side effects of Fluoxetine (Prozac).
Of course my side effects may be specific to me, but the facts remain that there are many side effects associated with Prozac, and most of these I have not experienced. Additionally it is worth considering the side effects of Fluoride, as this forms a significant percentage of Fluoxetine, therefore the side effects of Fluoride are also relevant when you consider if you are comfortable taking Fluoxetine / Prozac.
Other side effects of Fluoxetine / Prozac include:
Anxiety; decreased sexual desire or ability; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flu-like symptoms e.g. fever, chills, muscle aches, increased sweating, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, runny nose, sore throat, stomach upset, trouble sleeping and weakness.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Fluoxetine:
Severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue and unusual hoarseness), bizarre behavior, black or bloody stools, chest pain, confusion, decreased concentration, decreased coordination, exaggerated reflexes, excessive sweating, fainting, fast or irregular heartbeat, fever, chills, or sore throat, hallucinations, increased hunger, thirst, or urination, joint or wrist aches or pain, memory loss, new or worsening agitation, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being, restlessness, or inability to sit still, persistent or severe ringing in the ears, persistent, painful erection, red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin, seizures, severe or persistent anxiety, trouble sleeping, or weakness, severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or headache, significant weight loss, stomach pain, suicidal thoughts or attempts, tremor; unusual bruising or bleeding, unusual hoarseness, unusual or severe mental or mood changes, unusual swelling, unusual weakness, vision changes, worsening of depression.
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- Fluoxetine Side Effects | Drugs.com
Comprehensive and accurate Fluoxetine side effects information for consumers and healthcare professionals.
Although I stopped taking Fluoxetine / Prozac immediately and completely with no negative side-effects, please consult your Doctor before you do the same.