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I started taking 20mg flouxetine end September 04. Took a couple of weeks to kick in - I felt really tired for the first week to 10 days (but I'd felt knackered for ever before that anyway). I found that if I had alcohol I slept really badly, so I stopped drinking for a while. Then I had a weekend away where I slept really badly the first night, and on the second thought 'what the hell, I'll have a drink', and slept like a baby. Been merrily mixing drink and drugs since.
I think you just have to see what effect it has with you.
Esbee hiya honey. They were the same ones i was put on, remember i was quite ill at first but have worked a treat. Also on 20mg a day. Stopped taking them a few days ago when i found out i was pregnant. Doc said i may get a few side effects but i shouldnt go downhill again as the pregnancy hormones will even stuff out
Fluoextine is the same as Prozac. 20 mg is a fairly low dose (think it is the usual dose for depression). Apart from the depressant qualities of alcohol, you should be fine having a drink with them, but alcohol and any AD can be a strange combination - make you drink etc, so take it very carefully.
I've had them two times, very successfully. Time 1 - bit agitated for a few days - Time 2 - mildy upset stomach for a couple of weeks on and off - NOTHING REMOTELY INCAPACITATING OR THAT WOULD HAVE MADE ME NEED TIME OFF WORK/NORMAL ACTIVITIES.
No side effects. I'ld say they take a couple of weeks to start to have any effect, and a couple of months to really kick in and have a big improvement - I was more "complex" than you, in that my problem was OCD as well as Depression - so you might find that they work a bit quicker for you. And you've seen me drink erm a fair amount whilst on Prozac without any dodgy results