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How long for Fluoxetine to kick in?

(15 Posts)
Orangeanddemons Tue 22-Dec-15 15:38:28

Ds 22 is quite badly depressed. He's been taking fluoxetine for 3 weeks with no, but they've had absolutely no effect so far. I know they take time to work, but whenever I've taken anti depressants, I've felt something by about 2 weeks. I'm so worried about him😰

DrowningInSellotape Tue 22-Dec-15 16:37:08

2 weeks IMO.
Can DS see the doctor again soon?

Orangeanddemons Tue 22-Dec-15 17:22:14

He's got an appointment tomorrow. I've been googling a bit, and apparently fluoxetine can take a bit longer than others. I'm beside myself now, I really thought these would work.

PurpleBun Tue 22-Dec-15 18:18:22

IME between 2-4 weeks depending on the dosage and severity of depression.

Notrevealingmyidentity Tue 22-Dec-15 18:22:59

Some say up to 6-8 weeks for fluoxetine I believe. However my experience was around 2 weeks too. With better effects later but a noticeable difference at 2 weeks.

Both times.

Orangeanddemons Tue 22-Dec-15 19:45:52

Does fluoxetine take longer than others?

Playdoughcaterpillar Tue 22-Dec-15 19:51:05

Up to 6 weeks is the quoted from literature.

colouringinagain Wed 23-Dec-15 00:00:41

Took about 6 weeks before I was on a therapeutic dose - ie one that had an effect.

flowers for you and your ds

Orangeanddemons Wed 23-Dec-15 09:26:45

Was that 6 weeks before you felt anything at all?

Candlefairy101 Wed 23-Dec-15 19:18:17

Unfortunately fluoxetine never worked for me, literally felt nothing from it!

It's so frustrating that with mental health medication is all trial and error so you have to go through the process of trying something new then wait weeks to see if it works, and if it does the whole pros tarts again confused

When your depressed all you want is a magic pill and for it to happen instantly it's very frustrating when your so low, I currently take venlafaxine and quetiapine, quetiapine is expensive for the NHS but it is known to work very quickly

colouringinagain Wed 23-Dec-15 21:39:54

I had to use liquid form to build up to 10mg and then 20 as it made me so sick. So if you're not having to do that should be faster x

Wishtherewasawayout Wed 23-Dec-15 23:22:29

Did anyone get bad nausea with fluoxetine? I'm on my second week and have started to get dreadful nausea, feeling as if I've got morning sickness sad and my body aches terribly. I've felt so awful today I have taken any.

colouringinagain Wed 23-Dec-15 23:28:56

Yes that's exactly what I had wish. Like severe morning sickness - I had to go down to 10mg/day and then increase gradually via liquid version. I ate plain food, little and often, ginger tea, ate a lot of softmints...

Wishtherewasawayout Thu 24-Dec-15 00:16:07

Thanks colour don't know if I'll get an appointment for the gp now to change the script. I just can't bare the thought of taking another one though, I'm considering stopping altogether.

colouringinagain Tue 29-Dec-15 20:12:28

I spoke to my GP on the phone.... And she wrote ourt a prescription.

Hope you're surviving.

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