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Writerwoman403: Off Prozac for the 2nd (and hopefully final) time

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Thanks for the ad. My Dr for the past 30 years just retired this past January. I had tried going off Prozac in 2016 but reluctantly went back on it after the prospect of a surgery came up.  Last year after having a knee replacement (and still taking Prozac) I had a short bout of depression. So January of this year I see my old doctor for the final time and he had me wean off Prozac slower than the first time so that I was Prozac-free by April 1.

My eldest brother and 2 of his daughters visited us briefly from North Dakota. If I’m lucky, I see family once a year. I’m the youngest of 7 and my siblings are in their 60’s and 70s, all developing health issues. After seeing my brother and nieces last month I felt sad that that might be the only family I see this whole year. 

This current depression began Friday April 26 and is slowly subsiding. Last week I saw my new doctor who ordered blood work to check my thyroid & vitamin D levels. She agreed Big Pharma is a problem & agreed I should try a more holistic approach. 

So that’s where I am presently. Also seeing my therapist. And I have an incredible support group of family and friends.

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Hello Writerwoman, welcome to SA.  How long was your Prozac taper?  It's possible that the depression may be from Prozac withdrawal.  Have you experienced any other withdrawal symptoms since going Prozac-free?


It would be helpful if you could please create a signature containing a summary of your med history, including all drugs, doses and dates (starting and stopping).  Your signature appears below every post you make, and helps us see your situation easily without having to read from the top every time.   You could look at my signature for an example.  Instructions for creating your signature are here: Please put your withdrawal history in your signature.  You can edit your signature here: edit your signature in Account Settings.


Please post all your updates and questions about your situation here in your introduction topic.  It's great that you have an open-minded doctor and a wonderful support group.  You'll find a lot of support on this site as well.


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