10 – Taking my first 10mg of Fluoxetine (aka Prozac), was… uneventful. Yes, I know, I know, I wasn’t supposed to expect the Limitless Pill (see previous post) experiencing, but a tiny part of me thought I’d feel some neurons firing! Silly, I know. By the end of the first week, the only side effects I really felt were a little bit of nausea and a little bit of light headedness about an hour or so after taking the pill. Those feelings did not last very long, but they were noticeable. In terms of my mood and anxiety, I felt… no significant change. Fairly pleasant mood. The physical symptoms of my anxiety still transpired. I was still feeling worried and overwhelmed about a few things. After about a week and a half on 10mg, I bumped up to 20! (I think I forgot to mention, the doc prescribed both the 10 and 20 with the initial prescription.)
20 – The same side effects presented, but I did notice some up and down moods, and brief periods of being stoic. However, some of my physical symptoms started to subside. The racing heart, accelerated breathing, and chest pressure didn’t seem as prevalent during moments of nervousness. I say moments of nervousness, because even with that I started to notice I wasn’t dwelling and overthinking myself into panic, like I’d used to do. Upon follow-up with my Psychiatrist, we discussed, and he suggested upping me to 40mg. At first, I was thinking “Woah, wait?! How did we skip 25-35?”. Plus, I was not aware dosage could go up to 80mg depending on the severity of the anxiety and depression. I left that appointment with a prescription for 40mg and that is where I am currently at in my dosage of Prozac!
More on my experience at 40mg later… Stay tuned!