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hello i was prescribed prozac for depression, social anxiety and panic attacks but i dont know if i will take it. Has anyone here had experience with this ssri in relation to the disorders i am experiencing? thanks.

David Baxter PhD

Late Founder
Prozac is the oldest of the SSRIs and in fact the only one approved as safe for teens. It's effective and less sedating than most.

Typical initial (transient) adaptation effects can include butterfly stomach and a sense of detachment (derealization) - these don't usually last more than 2 or 3 days.

Bear in mind that as with all SSRIs the beneficial effects are gradual and cumulative and you may not notice much difference for up to 4 to 6 weeks (although many see benefits before that).

Of all the SSRIs, prozac has the longest half life so it results in very stable blood levels. For the same reason, it is easiest to discontinue because the medication leaves your body very gradually.
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