sincerely, a person who has been on prozac for 9 years
this is in response to some shitty stuff i’ve seen on my dash recently. it’s super simplified, so if you’d like to know some more indepth stuff on how exactly it works, google it—OR BETTER YET actually talk to a mental health doctor psychiatrist person wow
Prozac has literally stopped me killing myself. I would be dead if it weren’t for antidepressants. If you spread misinformation I’ll come to your house and smack u into orbit.
I’ll join you and steamroll people
As someone who takes the highest dosage of zoloft (setraline) possible for my body in order to function as a “normal” human being, allow me to assure you that if I ever hear you talking shit about needing to take meds, I will pull your head out of your arse and smack it into the nearest wall.
This is good, the one thing I’ll point out is that sometimes antidepressants will make you numb- it’s happened to me and my sister- but that’s a sign you’re on the wrong one. So if it happens, go back to your doctor and say you want to try a new one.
Fun fact, they didn’t know exactly how prozac worked for the longest time, and only recently discovered the reason it made you have more serotonin was that it was making you grow new neurons, along with making the ones you do have more similar to younger ones. Fascinating stuff.
That said, i’ve two interesting times on prozac. The first it helped me get out of bed and do things, but killed my sex drive, to zero. This wouldn’t be so bad if i was alone, but i had a girlfriend at the time that i loved a ton and was gorgeous. Not even having the desire to touch her for months on end helped end that relationship. The second time i was on prozac, nothing happened. I could have taken a sugar pill and had the same effect. So they tried others, and they made me very, very dissociative. So they marked me as allergic. Ended up on Cymbalta. That shit is the devil, for me at least. Exploding head syndrome, being one of the bad ones, but i was also in a constant state of what the doctor described as “similar to heroin withdrawal”, and i’ve never done anything like that. It lasted months.
The next ones they suggested trying were more experimental, and said they would cost about $50 a pill, every day, and not covered by insurance. I couldn’t afford that. The side effects also sounded hellish. I won’t even mention the zyprexa one doctor tried on me, sleeping over 12 hours a day, nightmares that still stick with me, and it’s not listed as helping depression.
I guess my point is, great if the meds work for you, take them. They just don’t work for everyone, and a good doctor should work with you to see how they are progressing, good or bad or nothing. Don’t listen to posts or whatever to decide if you should or should’t take a certain med, only you and your doctor together will know.