Okay, the brain shivers are gone. Completely. I still get some vertigo and light-headedness but it happens maybe three times a day max. So fluoxetine has eliminated some of the effects.
I wasn’t prepared for fluoxetine’s side effects, however. And boy, it’s got some kickers.
Since I was on an incredibly low dosage (10-20 mg), there weren’t many side effects.
But boy, is somnolence kicking my butt.
After becoming used to waking up before I’m supposed to, now I’m having the opposite problem: I can’t get up at all. I need my husband to drag me out of bed. And since he’s so nice, he doesn’t do that either.
Argh. As of Friday night, I’ve stopped taking fluoxetine so I’m praying to God that these side effects will go away. I hate somnolence. I’ve had that issue with hydroxyzine (Atarax) and it’s the same reason that I refuse to take quetiapine (Seroquel). I’m getting sleepy right now. If I can get up before noon, I’ll be so freakin’ lucky.
The metabolism aspect of fluoxetine doesn’t make me jump for joy. According to my favorite “reputable” site, wikipedia:
“Fluoxetine is metabolised to norfluoxetine, and it may take up to 1 to 2 months for the active drug substance to disappear from the body.”
I don’t know if I can tolerate somnolence for 1-2 months. I hope the side effects from this is out of my system by the end of the week.
Come to think of it: somnolence vs. brain shivers?
I’ll take somnolence ANY DAY.
11 thoughts on “My semi-daily fluoxetine update”
I hated Seroquel too, it made me put on weight and made me very sleepy. I hope things worked out for you and you found the right medication.
I have been taking fluoxetine on and off for over 4 years and wondered why I can’t get out of bed before 1 on most days. I have been puzzled and explored with the GP why this may be but the common fluoxetine side effect of somnolence has alluded even the supposed consultant psychiatrist. I cannot cope without the fluoxetine but I cannot live with the constant need to sleep that seems to be ruining my life.
I hope you can find something that works a bit better.
i have been taking fluoxetine for 3 months. i dont have the sleepiness or fatique quite as bad as u seem to but i do want to take a nap every day in the morning . one thing that seems to help me is exercise.it relives alot of the tiredness.
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