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hexhead: Just started Prozac a few days ago and would like to stop

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Came off of Lexapro too fast about 20 years ago and I had a long bad withdrawal . I've been having bad anxiety lately and the only thing I could get was 20mg Prozac so I took it. I knew it was a mistake but I did it anyway and now I'm regretting it. I don't like how it's making me feel.


I know the longer I take it the worse it will be to stop.

Will I experience withdrawal symptoms if I stop after only two days and if so how bad?


I know there is a protocol for tapering after long term use but is there some protocol for minimizing withdrawal symptoms after short-term use?

I'm not feeling great already and I had a bad withdrawal years ago so I really want to take care to minimize possibility of symptoms.

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Hello Hexhead-- Welcome to SA, I'm so glad you found us quickly, and so sorry that you have to be here.


You are right, time is of the essence. Having only been on the drug for two days there is no need taper, just stop and hang on. It is more than likely that there will not be any WD effects from just stopping. However, these drugs are funny in that they affect each person differently. It is possible that you will get some WD symptoms, and if they happen, they should clear in a few days. It is a real long shot, but there is a possibility of getting protracted WD from just two days' worth, but it is very rare.


For right now, just drop the meds and don't worry about it. 

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Final Dose 0.016mg.     Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017


"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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