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Prozac Withdrawal and Tapering Help

"I have found that if you work the Point of Return program that it will work for you.  The results are there if you do your part and work the program. - Rachel (Prozac)

Are you looking for Help to Get Off Prozac?  Are you having Prozac Withdrawal Symptoms and seeking help to Wean Prozac?  Our nonprofit has taken a holistic approach for 15 years to Taper Off Prozac more comfortably.  The combination of specialized nutraceuticals, expert guidance and mentoring with Slow Prozac Taper Rates has made Point of Return reach 78 countries. Prozac was synthesized in 1963 by Eli Lilly and entered the U.S. market in 1988.  Prozac Withdrawal Symptoms include irritability, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, nightmares, headaches and prickling and tingling sensation on the skin. The long half-life of Prozac (approximately 30 days) makes it easier to control the Prozac Withdrawals, but many may not realize they are in Prozac Withdrawal for weeks.  That is why Slowly Weaning Prozac is recommended.  If you need help to Stop Prozac Contact our Prescription Experts.

How the Prozac Withdrawal Program and Prozac Tapering Works

Our Prozac weaning program is a slow taper that allows you to safely step down from Prozac under the guidance of our Prescription Experts; your Physician and Pharmacist.  

The Pre-Taper is for Symptom Relief. You will not taper Prozac until you feel better. This is where our Advanced Nutraceuticals are critical.

Point of Return provides healthy, Drug-Free Strategies to help minimize Prozac withdrawal symptoms to improve mental and physical well-being.

Our areas of expertise are Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills and Painkillers on a case-by-case basis.

At-Home programs are individualized based on your situation. An assessment is done once you start which allows us to individualize your gameplan based on age; length of time on the medications; health challenges; lifestyle, stress levels; additional medications; and interactions. Don't Wean Prozac alone, work with our Prescription Drug Experts.

We are prescription drug experts that specialize in antidepressant withdrawals.

Imagine being Free of Prozac Addiction 

- Proven Prozac Withdrawal Program completed At-Home with Expert Guidance

- Our secret is a Slow Prozac Taper combined with Powerful all-natural Nutraceuticals to help ease Prozac withdrawal symptoms

- Your program is customized for your specific situation

- Professional information on interactions

- 15 years of experience helping people in 78 countries

- Free Expert Mentoring on our 24/7 private Discussion Board

- Free Assessment Upon Starting our Program (a $400 value)

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      We've helped people in 78 countries and in all 50 states in the USA




      Prozac Withdrawal Success Stories

      I have found that if you work the Point of Return program that it will work for you.  The results are there if you do your part and work the program. I strongly recommend Point of Return to others. more...

      Rachel (Canada) Prozac

      Prozac Withdrawal Success Stories

      For me this program was an obsession…I followed it closely. It worked a miracle in my life! This program is the best out there it covers everything. I am FREE and I got my TESTIMONY back! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  more...

      Kelly (Montana) Prozac

      Prozac Withdrawal Success Stories

      I also need to thank the whole Point of Return staff.  I called many times looking for help and always got an uplifting word or laugh. For those currently struggling, try the program.  Give the POR team a call or email. more...

      Eric (New Hampshire) Prozac

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      At Point of Return, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we have spent the last 15 years helping people wean off antidepressants correctly. With customized taper rates and all natural nutraceuticals, our program allows you to come off Prozac, once and for all, from the comfort of your home. Read program FAQs

      Prozac Withdrawal Success Stories


      " Thank you Point of Return for all of your patience and kindness. We in a fragile state need your extra kindness. You are so professional and such a well-run company. Thank you for all you have done for me and my road to recovery.   - Betty (Utah) Prozac  more...

      More Prozac Withdrawal Success Stories

      I have found that if you work the Point of Return program that it will work for you.  The results are there if you do your part and work the program.

      by Rachel Fluoxetine (Prozac), Lamictal

      At the age of 13, I went to the doctor due to some stressful situations in my life.  I was there for no longer then ten minutes when the doctor gave me free samples of Celexa, after taking those free samples I felt I could not live without them.  I was told at this young age of 13 that I would need antidepressants for the rest of my life.  I bought into the lie that I would need them because my doctor said so, and who was I to question my doctor, after all I was taught to respect people in authority so I thought the doctor knows best. 

      After several visits to the doctor I was diagnosed as bipolar, which I never liked or understood.  The doctors tried several different antidepressants to treat depression but it seemed to get worse such as Paxil, Zoloft, Amitriptyline, Seroquel, Cipralex, Doxepin, and several others, to many to mention.  With these different medications I had so many different side effects that seemed to make the depression worse.  I had so many symptoms like insomnia, loss of appetite, and mood swings I felt like I was crawling out of my skin, being over sensitive, and suicidal thoughts. 

      I had a lack of self-esteem, I felt hopeless, and that I was a pain to everybody and had no purpose.  I was taken to the hospital emergency ward and after evaluating me I was put into the psychiatric ward at the hospital.  It was then I saw a psychiatrist who diagnosed me to have bipolar depression so they kept me in for two weeks trying to find a medication to treat the depression.  At the time I was on Paxil and was taken off of it cold turkey with no tapering and put me on Seroquel right away, I then had a seizure as a result. In 2009 I was prescribed sleeping pills because I had difficulty sleeping when I first started sleeping pills they helped for a short time then a few months later my sleep got worse. 

      In January 2012 I went off of sleeping pills cold turkey, which I don’t recommend anyone doing.  It was very difficult, the withdrawal symptoms were very strong but I was desperate and I wanted to make positive changes in my life.  In May 2012 the craving for sleeping pills were so strong that I did search on my computer and typed in craving for sleeping pills and the Point of Return website showed up.  I could not believe it, I read all the testimonies and I showed my father and got very excited. 

      The next day I called Point of Return (POR) and left a message and within ten minutes Alessandra called me back, I talked for about an hour and I made the decision that I wanted to join the program.  I knew that it was God who guided me to Point of Return and I am so grateful for them.  I ordered my product and read all the information about the program.  In August 2012 I started to taper off of Prozac and finished on October 8, 2012, then on October 23, 2012 I started to taper off of Lamictal and I finished January 1, 2013.  I am thankful to God for His daily strength and help.

      I am 24 years old and so thankful that I found POR at this young age.  I have my whole life ahead of me and now I can share with others my journey and give them the same hope that I have found.   It is wonderful l to wake up every day and not depend on medications to control my day. It is nice to wake up every day without the horrible side effects that I had while on medication. Since I finished tapering I now find that food tastes better.  I am able to enjoy God’s creation and the beauty around me.  My friends and family have noticed such a change in me. They say that I have such life in me now and I am able to deal with stress and life without being numbed by medication. I love to dog sit for others and take their dogs for walks and enjoy nature. I am finding my sleep is improving each day and I know every day will get better. I have found that if you work the POR program that it will work for you.  The results are there if you do your part and work the program.

      I am also grateful to the Point of Return family on the forum who I was able to share my heart and what I was going through.  They never condemned me but always had words of encouragement and ensured me that I would be able to do this and that there was a light at the end of the tunnel.  I thank God for Andrea, Terry, and Alessandra who always listened to me encouraged me and gave me great advice, without them it would have been much harder.  I love and appreciate each one of them, thank you for being there.  I strongly recommend Point of Return to others.

      Rachel M. (Canada) Fluoxetine (Prozac), Lamictal

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      For me this program was an obsession…I followed it closely. It worked a miracle in my life! This program is the best out there it covers everything. I am FREE and I got my TESTIMONY back!

      by Kelly Prozac, Trazodone

      I cannot say enough about this program. I was prescribed Paxil 14 years ago for postpartum depression. Like most people, I figured I could get off it when I was ready. I also bought into the lie that I may need it for life because depression runs in my family. After starting anti-depressants, I developed sleep issues for the first time in my life. I tried several different sleeping pills and finally settled on Trazodone. Through the years, I learned to rely on pills to fix every emotional problem I encountered. I cannot even remember what all I have taken over the years.

      About five years ago, I realized I was sleeping my life away. I know this might sound strange to some, but I felt like God was telling me to “STOP”, it’s time to let go and get your life back. By this point, I was on a minimal dose: 5 mg Prozac and 50 mg Trazodone so I thought it would be easy if I followed the doctor’s directions. It was a disaster…I had my first ever full-fledged panic attack and could not sleep for a week straight. I ended up in urgent care and back on Prozac, Trazodone and Zanax.

      After about a year I decided to get professional counseling and my counselor recommended a Naturopath physician. So my second time around I had some nutritional support with amino acids that were supposed to help. I was able to get off everything; however, I was so hyped-up all the time and had trouble sleeping. My behavior started to get erratic and I questioned if I was bipolar. I was afraid of what I might do so I got back on the meds. It was a sad day after being off for 7 months…

      I spent the last 1 ½ years taking meds I did not want to take…feeling as if I lost my testimony. I really felt God would in some capacity use me to help others get free of antidepressants and here I was back on them. I wanted to give up but there was just a little spark left in me to want to fight for my life.

      It was Mother’s day this year, I was at Church with my husband (both of my boys at home sleeping) I was so sad. I had so much guilt…If I were there for my boys they might see what I see in the Lord. My faith must really suck if I have to take these stupid pills! I asked my husband to pray for me. He prayed for wisdom and healing. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking I can’t do this on my own. I need to find a new naturopath with new ideas or I can look online. I was very skeptical of anything online…but desperate. I found POR read about them and realized this is just like going to a naturopath doctor only it is geared toward helping people get free of psychiatric meds. From my past experiences, this seemed legit. After speaking with Alesandra, I had an understanding as to why my past attempts were not successful. I thought wow, so you mean I am not crazy! For me this program was an obsession…I followed it closely. It worked a miracle in my life! This program is the best out there it covers everything.

      I am FREE and I got my TESTIMONY back! Thank you POR…from the bottom of my heart you helped me achieve my dream!

      Kelly M., (Montana) – Prozac, Trazodone


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      For those currently struggling, try the program.  Give the Point of Return team a call or email. 

      by Eric -Prozac, Klonopin

      Wow, it is hard to know where to start.  Let me try!  It has been quite a long road, but well worth it.  I should probably start at the beginning.  I believe it was in 2006 when I started having some issues with anxiety.  My doctor put me on Prozac and Klonopin as a result.  After about one year on the meds, I decided that I wanted to stop taking them.  I spoke to the doctor and he was in favor of reducing the dose but did not support me stopping.  I tapered off them fully outside of his advice and within a few months, I was having issues with anxiety again.  He was furious with me for not listening, so I agreed to go back on the medication. His explanation of the relapse was that I just needed to be on medication and that was why I was having reoccurring issues.  He never spoke of the possibility of withdrawal, even when I brought it up.  After being back on them for quite a few months, I was not satisfied.  I just didn't feel that this path was what I needed to do.  I really didn't know what to do! 

      After some intense prayer and searching, I found the POR website.  I read the information on the site and it immediately clicked that I was much like those on the website.  I had made two attempts in the past to come off the meds and was not successful. I was hesitant that there might be a solution for getting off the meds.  My doctor was frustrated with me and tried to convince me that I had a chemical imbalance and there was nothing I could do about it except take medication.  The doctor made me feel so helpless.  During this time, I felt so distant from the Lord and so focused on myself.  I did not realize how inwardly I was focused until recently.  I now realize that He was there the entire time. 

      I emailed the POR website and got an answer back almost immediately.  As a matter of fact, I believe it was a phone call from Alesandra.  I went back and forth for a few weeks concerning the decision to start the program before I finally placed the first order.  I prayed so much and wanted to make sure it was the Lord's will for me to do.  I was scared, but also encouraged that I had a potential solution.  I must have emailed Alesandra two or three times a day for months after starting the program.  I was constantly checking with her on every twitch, ache, and feeling that I had.  She graciously helped me through it all.  I admire her patience and care and believe that she has a gift to help people. 

      I tapered the Klonopin first and then the Prozac.  Over the course of approximately one year, I was free from both medications.  I have to admit, I did not always follow the protocol of the program.  For that, I did have some set backs.  That typically resulted in frantic emails to Alesandra looking for what to do.  Almost every time, I had missed some of the supplements or done something not recommended by the program.  I also was lacking faith. 

      My advice to everyone reading is to follow the program exactly.  Do not try to make your own version or modify it without consulting with the people at POR who know.  I had such a desire to feel better, but frequently went my own way.  Believe me, save yourself some hardship and stay on the path that has been established. 

      Also, have confidence that there is a way out.  Through my trial, I found the true faith I should have always had. 

      I need to take time to acknowledge Alesandra, who was always there when I needed support.   I have emailed late nights, weekends, and other times and always got a quick response.  Believe me, I was very needy! Alesandra, thank you truly, from the bottom of my heart.  It is no doubt that God has you in the place where He wants you.  You have put so much of yourself into helping me when there was nothing in it for you but seeing me succeed.  I praise God that He worked through you to help me and all those who struggle with getting off the medications.  

      I also thank God for answering my prayers to find answers and for strengthening my faith.  Our trials are designed to help us seek Him, not ourselves.  That is still something I have to remind myself.

      I also need to thank the whole POR staff, including Terry and Andrea.  I called many times looking for help and always got an uplifting word or laugh.   

      For those currently struggling, try the program.  Give the POR team a call or email. 
      Also, find faith to help you through.  If you are a Christian, cling to Jesus!

      Eric A. (New Hampshire) Fluoxetine (Prozac), Klonopin



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      Thank you for all of your patience and kindness. We in a fragile state need your extra kindness. You are so professional and such a well-run company.

      by Berry - Prozac

      After the birth of my third baby some twenty-six years ago, I was given antidepressants for post partum depression.  Since then I have been on many different meds as they tend to lose their effectiveness and you have to try something new. Two years ago I was put on Cymbalta by my psychiatrist and I must say I felt fabulous on it. After two years on it however, I began to have severe hay fever symptoms that got worse and worse. Finally my eyes got so bad that nothing stopped them from itching and I knew that the med was the only thing different in the last two years that I had done in my life. I had to quit the Cymbalta. I tapered carefully and got off fairly easily until it finally left my system about 45 days later. Then I began to crash. June of 2008.

      The doctor put me on Lexapro and within five days I was a bundle of anxiety. I wanted to jump out of my skin it was so bad. In a panic I stopped the Lexapro and took my usual dose of Cymbalta. That’s when a nuclear bomb went off in my brain. I was a mess. I had anxiety, depression and disturbing thoughts. When I went to the doctor he sent me home with sleeping pills, Xanax and Abilify. I went home and threw it all in the trash and knew there was another way. That is when I found POINT OF RETURN.

      I got the program and began a painfully difficult recovery because I was a protracted client. I had quit these meds quickly. The anxiety was huge, depression would come and go and sleep left all together. As a result of lack of sleep and all the stress of recovery adrenal fatigue set in and to add insult to injury menopause raised its ugly head. I still have a t-shirt that says, “I’m still hot. It just comes in flashes.”

      Well there I am. My brain is off line, my hormones are tanking and sleep left me all together. Easily the worst year of my life. Not even a husband nearly dying of cancer and a child on hard drugs for years but who is now doing fabulous was worse then this.

      I tried the wrong hormone treatment for 4 months before I discovered that my body doesn’t like extra progesterone. It makes me more depressed. I switched to an estrogen patch and within six weeks was so much better. Finally, things have started to come together.

      I have really focused on good nutrition. I eat very little sugar and take vitamin D3 and C in addition to the products from Point of Return. Whenever things weren’t going well, I would call Alley and she would find what I had added that was stirring things up.

      The staff has been so great. Alley has been such a guiding light for me to cheer me on and give me hope. 

      I thought I would never sleep again and I hated watching the clock drag on hour by hour all night long. I honestly thought I would die from lack of sleep. Those days were so painful to endure. Now they are gone just as Alley said. I am sleeping well. I take hops, lemon balm, Vitamin C and Tryptophan, which you can only after you finish the program.

      The anxiety is under control. I found a program on the Internet call “Panic Away” that I loved.  Depression is under control with the use of Vitamin D and Omega 3 tabs and Tryptophan.

      The last piece of the puzzle is the adrenal fatigue. Alley said that too will pass and so far she is always right. I am not a patient person and taking months to heal has been hard for me but if I can recover as well as Alley it will be worth it.

      I am grateful to have my brain back and am looking forward to getting my body back.

      Depression is hell and I know my family has a genetic predisposition for it. I had a brother who also struggled with it and was so over-medicated that he fell asleep at the wheel and was killed in the car crash that followed. His diet was bad and he drink tons of diet pop and I know he could have had a much better life if he had known of the POINT OF RETURN program.

      Doctors don’t have all the answers and as my husband, a doctor, says, “If you are a hammer everything looks like a nail.” Go to a psychiatrist and he’ll send you home with pills. I feel nutrition and exercise are better sources for help.

      I wish that 26 years ago I could have had a better care and had been spared so much misery. Maybe the future will be a blood test to check your DNA and blood and prescribe the vitamins and minerals you lack, not a boatload of meds.

      Thank you Alley, Andrea and Terry for all of your patience and kindness. We in a fragile state need your extra kindness. You are so professional and such a well-run company.

      Thank you for all you have done for me and my road to recovery. April 2009.

      Betty G. (Utah) Fluoxetine (Prozac)


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      To my joy, I continue to feel clear, calm and free. I am sleeping again, have energy and no longer suffer from constipation or anxiousness.

      by Marilyn Prozac

      Eighteen years ago I went to a counselor because of a troubled relationship. In order to continue her program, I was required to go on Prozac....thus started my journey. Today, after three months of faithfully using the products and following the directions in the POINT OF RETURN program, I am free. I sent in an email questioning if I should feel this good!! My greatest fear was that I would reach this emotional clarity and then crash to a new low.

      To my joy, I continue to feel clear, calm and free. I am sleeping again, have energy and no longer suffer from constipation or anxiousness. My weight has started to come down to a normal range.


      1. Clarity - I can really see things around me with my emotional eye in such a clear state, no emotions to block.

      2. My emotions feel like I am on a "high", but not exactly a nervous state, just a state of alertness.

      I have not hit a brick wall, I have not been let down. As far as the eighteen year relationship...still there, but I am in a much better condition to take control of my life and make decisions based on clarity, rather that emotional turmoil. -

      Marilyn F. (California) Fluoxetine / Prozac

      It seems like a dream some days to feel so good, but I will never take life and people granted again. Life is good! Good luck on your path back to happiness!

      by Janet Fluoxetine (Prozac), Dalmane, Xanax

      Alesandra - I don't even know where to begin. I do know that I would not be where I am today if it had not been for POINT OF RETURN. I was at my lowest, not knowing what to do, and about to lose everything I had because of the medication I was on. I was taking 11 pills a day, having seizures, blacking out, in and out of mental institutes and emergency rooms. "What was wrong with me? " That seemed to be a million dollar question. Test after test, bronchitis, ear infections, diarrhea, vomiting memory loss, insomnia and depression plagued me. My husband and family were sick with worry and completely frustrated with me and I did not know where to turn. The doctors just kept prescribing me more meds, and I was sick with worry about my health. I woke up one morning, covered in blood, because I had passed out in the shower and did not remember a thing. I got on the computer, as a last resort, and found the POINT OF RETURN website. I just have two words to say about it "Thank God!" I started the program, and with MUCH support from the staff, Terry and Alesandra and any other poor soul that answered the phone, I made it! I have laughed and enjoyed life more in the past three months, than I have in the past 7 years. I have my life and family back. I have been working at a job now for 5 months, and I love it! I am the receptionist and answer more than 1,000 calls a day. It seems like a dream some days to feel so good, but I will never take life and people granted again. Life is good! Good luck on your path back to happiness!

      Janet M., (TEXAS) Xanax, Fluoxetine (Prozac), Dalmane



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      Going off of any medication cold turkey without any supervision is very dangerous! I know, because I have tried to do that (which was, I might add, the advise of my doctor to do so). The problem with doctors sometimes is that they are trained to treat symptoms immediately and they have plenty of incentive from drug companies to use these drugs as a quick “fix all”. It is up to us (who better to advocate for ourselves?) to not jump at a quick fix, but to look into other means to deal with our issues. I am not a doctor, but I think I have enough personal experience with Antidepressants to share what I have personally endured. The only thing this drug did for me was to numb me from any and all feelings. I walked around in a semi-zombie state. This is no way to live. I got tired after about 5 years and one unsuccessful attempt to go off the PROZAC, so I turned to the website POINT OF RETURN. I was not coerced or talked into anything. All I received was genuine caring for me as a person. I can tell you that I finished the taper program over a month ago and I feel fantastic! I kept in touch with the staff at POINT OF RETURN during the whole taper (in fact, we are still in contact with each other). Any time I needed encouragement I got a response, even at night and on weekends! I highly recommend this program to anyone who feels it is time to regain their life. This is a sensible approach to tapering. It is done slowly and precisely, with the support of your doctor and with natural supplements. The staff at POINT OF RETURN has devoted much time and energy to this approach with the aid of a doctor. I’m not saying not to consult your doctor about it. I talked with my doctor beforehand and he was surprised to hear of the withdrawals that one can/will go through by quitting cold turkey or too rapid a pace. My doctor has been willing to listen to my plans of tapering with the POINT OF RETURN program and has supported me in doing so. I’m not saying that medication is never warranted for depression. I believe that it is sometimes necessary. All I’m saying is I think sometimes people jump too quickly into something that is very difficult and risky to quit from.

      I encourage anyone who is wishing to come off their Antidepressant to not do it alone, but to partner with your doctor and a company such as POINT OF RETURN who have the personal experience who will support you through it. It can be done safely - I’m living proof!!!

      Diane - Prozac

      I just wanted to let you know that I am very well! I have only 2 more days of the taper, and then I am FREE of the PROZAC!!! I can't believe it! I will continue to take the full amounts of the supplements for the 45 days afterward. I would like to stay on the supplements after that, but I need to know how much to take after the 45 days. I just feel so good!!! I can't thank you all enough for helping me through this! I can't believe that I only felt negative just one time, and that was because I forgot my supplements for a couple of days in a row. I will keep in touch with you and hope you will do the same. Give all my thanks and love to everyone there!

      Love, D. - Prozac

      We are doing great. In addition to tapering our daughter off FLUOXETINE, Our son read your material and went off an Anti-Anxiety med that he has taken for a number of years. He was put on it due to an Aspergers diagnosis to help him interact socially. Actually he has become more social without the drug! I am so disgusted that I put my trust in a medical profession that advised me to put my kids on drugs. Shame on them! I would be happy to help others!

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      Prozac Side Effects May Include

      abnormal dreams, abnormal ejaculation, abnormal vision, anxiety, diminished sex drive, dizziness, dry mouth, flu-like symptoms, flushing, gas, headache, impotence, insomnia, itching, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, rash, sinusitis, sleepiness, sore throat, sweating, tremors, upset stomach, vomiting, weakness, yawning, abnormal taste, agitation, bleeding problems, chills, confusion, ear pain, emotional instability, fever, frequent urination, high blood pressure, increased appetite, loss of memory, palpitations, ringing in the ears, sleep disorders, weight gain

      Prozac Withdrawal Symptoms May Include

      shaking, confusion, dizziness, sweating, severe headache, insomnia, anxiety, burning or tingling sensations around the body, brain zaps / brain shivers, vertigo, lightheadedness, rushing noise in the head, agitation, negative, tearful, concentration problem, tremors, diarrhea, vomiting, reduced appetite, nightmares, excessive dreaming, gastrointestinal issues

      Double-blind controlled studies indicate that 35-78% of patients after five weeks or more of treatment who abruptly stop antidepressants or titrate in 10mg increments or more, will develop one of more of the discontinuation symptoms that can range from mild-moderate discomfort to extremely distressing. The duration of symptoms can vary in time between individuals and can include the following symptoms:

      Dizziness, Vertigo, Lightheadedness, Lightheadedness, Difficulty walking, Nausea / vomiting, Fatigue, Headaches, Insomnia, Shock-like sensations, Parathesia (skin crawling, burning or prickling), Visual disturbances, Muscle pain, chills

      Prozac history and info

      Prozac targets Serotonin, the neurotransmitter found primarily in the gastrointestinal tract, blood platelets and central nervous system, and is thought to contribute to feelings of happiness.

      Prozac has the longest half-life of any antidepressant, meaning it stays in the body for an extended period of time. Many patients do not realize they are in withdrawal as the symptoms may appear weeks after stopping the drug. A gradual taper is recommended yet many still find the symptoms too challenging and need assistance.

      Prozac (Fluoxetine) failed in clinical trials as an antihypertensive medication and again as an obesity drug. While it did not show improvement for patients hospitalized as psychotic and actually made some patients worse, Prozac found its home as an antidepressant after it improved the mood of five mildly depressed volunteers. It was then launched as an antidepressant in 1988 and was responsible for more than one-quarter of Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical's income. The marketing strategy of providing a cure for an illness was born by Interbrand, the world's leading branding company (Microsoft, Nikon, Nintendo, Sony) and the name Prozac was chosen because it was short and had a positive and professional sound. Lilly printed 8 million brochures highlighting the symptoms of depression with a treatment option and patients began asking for the drug by name. It was the success of Prozac that created the market with similar antidepressants called SSRIs (Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors).

      Now Prozac is being marketed to our dogs under the trade name Reconcile to curb the anxiety from being left alone for long periods of time. The studies used to obtain approval for the drug stated that 30% of animals were found to have 'phobias' or 'fears', while 12% were found to have 'separation-related problems' when parted with their owner.

      Eli Lilly, the U.S. manufacture, said: 'Treatment for companion animals is a relatively new area for us.' The UK recently approved Prozac for use in pets. Side effects of Reconcile include lethargy, reduced appetite, vomiting, shaking, diarrhea, restlessness, excessive barking, aggression and seizures.


      According to the FDA:

      17.11 Discontinuation of Treatment

      Patients should be advised to take PROZAC exactly as prescribed, and to continue taking PROZAC as prescribed even after their symptoms improve. Patients should be advised that they should not alter their dosing regimen, or stop taking PROZAC without consulting their physician [see Warnings and Precautions (5.15)]. Patients should be advised to consult with their healthcare provider if their symptoms do not improve with PROZAC.

      If the decision has been made to discontinue treatment, medication should be tapered, as rapidly as is feasible, but with recognition that abrupt discontinuation can be associated with certain symptoms [see Warnings and Precautions

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      * Testimonial results may vary person to person.

      *The program outlined in Point of Return is not meant to substitute your doctor, instead it is to be utilized with your physician to help you with your drug withdrawal process and with his or her consent.

      *Because prescription medications can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to taper any medication should be discussed with your doctor and done with their consent and support. More...