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Julee: advice for 17 yo son on 20 mg prozac


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I am Mom to a 17 yo who has been taking 20 mg prozac for 6 months due to depression.  In addition, he has been taking the Deplin 15 which reportedly makes the prozac work better.  He is now feeling very well - has had depression lift due to outside social factors improving and no longer feel he needs the prozac.  I concur.  He told his doctor he would like to stop taking the prozac and was told "just don't take any more".  I was under the impression that he should dose down slowly and thought the doctor would suggest that.  Could someone advise me on how to proceed - or where to look on your website if info is already there.  I am concerned that stopping suddenly may be harmful.  

Thank You.


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Welcome to SA.   Your concern is well placed, and it's entirely possible your son will have difficulties.   


Here are some links on what is withdrawal and the keys to withdrawing safely.   Please read them






Please create a sig line with your son's specifics.  I'm moving this thread to the main introduction forum as so can track his progress there.


One of the AD folk will be along to follow-up, but you can start with the above. 

As always, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! A proud supporter of the 10% (or slower) rule.


Requip - 3/16 ZERO  Total time on 25 years.


Lyrica: 8/15 ZERO Total time on 7 or 8 yrs.

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Welcome, Julee.


Please read this Tips for tapering off Prozac (fluoxetine)

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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