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Unread 05-23-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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I've been on 60 mg prozac for the past six weeks with no significant improvement, still many low periods and a lot of anxiety as well as days where I am able to "crash" completely, and go back down to a mood point of 1 or 2 (where 0 is the worst and 10 is the best).

My psychiatrist wants me to go up to 80 mg prozac, but I've rarely heard of anyone being on this... does that make me extremely crazy? Or "broken"? Has anyone ever been on 80, and if so, what was your experience like?

I'm just afraid because I think its the ceiling dose and if that doesn't work, there's no where else to go...
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Default Re: 80 mg Prozac?

There are many more medications, beside prozac. There are also different combinations the pdoc can do to help the medication.

I have seen a lot of people use abilify with prozac and it seems to work. Abilify is prescribed off label, though.

Are you seeing a therapist? I would think that working through talk therapy/cbt/dbt/whatever would also help.
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Default Re: 80 mg Prozac?

Im on 80 mg prozac. I dont think it's that unusual
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I would try a different medication.
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80mg is above the recommended dose in the UK (20-60mg), but can be prescribed off label. If you've had some benefit from the prozac/fluoxetine then I'd consider trying 80mg. If you've had no improvement at all then I wouldn't bother and would ask for something else. As confused says, they're plenty more meds out there! And getting a T is a must, if you're able.

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The recommended dose in the U.S. is 20-80 mg. If 80 does not help enough, your pdoc might add a second AD from a different class, such as wellbutrin, or stop the prozac altogether and try a different SSRI. Good luck.
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I've been on 60 mg prozac for the past six weeks with no significant improvement, still many low periods and a lot of anxiety as well as days where I am able to "crash" completely, and go back down to a mood point of 1 or 2 (where 0 is the worst and 10 is the best).

My psychiatrist wants me to go up to 80 mg prozac, but I've rarely heard of anyone being on this... does that make me extremely crazy? Or "broken"? Has anyone ever been on 80, and if so, what was your experience like?

I'm just afraid because I think its the ceiling dose and if that doesn't work, there's no where else to go...
I recently had the same problem. I started on a low dose (20mg) of Prozac about 2 years ago, and every 5-6 months I've had to up the dose to get the same effect. I increased to 80mg and noticed no improvement from 60mg. We decided that a different med is the way to go, so I've just started Cymbalta. The SSRI's tend to not do the job for me. Good Luck!
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I've been on 60 mg prozac for the past six weeks with no significant improvement, still many low periods and a lot of anxiety as well as days where I am able to "crash" completely, and go back down to a mood point of 1 or 2 (where 0 is the worst and 10 is the best).

My psychiatrist wants me to go up to 80 mg prozac, but I've rarely heard of anyone being on this... does that make me extremely crazy? Or "broken"? Has anyone ever been on 80, and if so, what was your experience like?

I'm just afraid because I think its the ceiling dose and if that doesn't work, there's no where else to go...
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Hi Maliya. I have heard of people being on 80mg. Also, if the higher dose doesnt work, that doesn't mean you're crazy at all, It just means you need to try different meds until u find the one that fits u. Everyone is different when it comes to meds. I have been on so many I cant even count them. I'm taking a combo of 5 currently. Hang in there, you are not broken u just need help.
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