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what happens if i just stop taking Prozac instead of weaning myself off it?

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juicychops Tue 26-Aug-08 07:17:04

im on 60mg of Prozac and ive now been told to start reducing it. im on a single 60mg tablet a day so i need to go to the docs to get the individual 20mg ones so that i can continuously reduce the dosage over the next 6 weeks.

but i wont get a chance to go to the docs for at least a week due to plans etc.

i forgot to take my tablet yesterday and i haven't taken it today yet. what would happen if i just stopped taking it now altogether?

what would the side effects be? is it safe to do this?

juicychops Tue 26-Aug-08 08:29:21


juicychops Tue 26-Aug-08 09:27:11


SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Tue 26-Aug-08 09:28:26

personally i wouldnt risk it. you could have a relapse. get thee to the doctors woman wink

Leeldodgy Tue 26-Aug-08 09:30:44

No it's not safe to just stop. You need to follow your gp's advice.

SixTimesDown Tue 26-Aug-08 09:31:09

DON'T do it, really, it's NOT a safe way to come off any anti-deppressant.

Sorry for the shouting but I have experience, with my Mum.

Please see your GP and do it properly.

Good luck. smile

minorbird Tue 26-Aug-08 09:38:41

Can you not speak to your GP on the phone? They might be able to send you a prescription via post or you might be able to pick it up? smile

MelT76 Tue 26-Aug-08 09:52:39

At least take one today. Are the tablets big enough to break in half? I would try this until you can get to the docs.

grouchomarx Tue 26-Aug-08 09:57:25

I stopped taking something similar in this way a few years ago (I was abroad and didn't know what else to do). I felt pretty awful for a few days but was all right after that. I wouldn't recommend it though - and I would speak to your gp surgery, can't you even pick up a prescription?

GooseyLoosey Tue 26-Aug-08 10:01:00

Would come down off it gradually over a couple of weeks. Recently stopped taking Sertraline and the psych's recommendation was to half the dose for one week, further reduce it the next and then stop altogether. I felt a bit queasy for a day or so (which could have been unrelated) but apart from that - no problems at all - but then I was going on to other ADs as well - but I did wait a few weeks.

nickytwotimes Tue 26-Aug-08 10:08:04

DO it gradually!
I tried a sudden stop and was really unwell, physically and mentally.
Cut down first as you suggest in your op.

juicychops Tue 26-Aug-08 10:13:56

ok thanks for the advice. im gunna give the doctors a call today to see if they can leave a perscription for me to just pop in and pick up at some point this week. il take my tablet today when i get home.

cant face getting ill from tablets. thought as i didn't have one yesterday and i feel fine still that i might be ok to just stop, but its prob still in my system keeping me going isnt it

feature Tue 26-Aug-08 10:20:48

cut down to 40mg from 60mg do this for 4 days then cut to 20mg daily for few days, then 20mg very second day, then you shall not feel as "spaced out"!

feature Tue 26-Aug-08 10:20:48

cut down to 40mg from 60mg do this for 4 days then cut to 20mg daily for few days, then 20mg very second day, then you shall not feel as "spaced out"!

feature Tue 26-Aug-08 10:21:02

just the once though........

juicychops Tue 26-Aug-08 10:27:21

they wont leave a perscription for me cos its a different dose to what im currently on!

pains in the arses!! ive now gotta change my plans for tomorrow morning so that i can get new tablets

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