When does a doctor prescribe Prozac as a treatment for Social Anxiety? This page tells you about it’s effectiveness, it’s side-effects and the size that a dosage might typically be.
It’s a type of SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) which also makes it an anti-depressant.
Prozac is also known by it’s proper name Fluoxetine and is used more often for depression than for anxiety conditions.
Is Prozac Good for Social Anxiety Disorder?
To be blunt, no not really. Many people report that Prozac stimulates them. When you’re trying to overcome any kind of anxiety, a stimulant is the last thing you need.
Quite to the contrary, other people have said that Prozac has worked for them, but usually at the cost of some of the nasty side-effects below. Given the chances of effectiveness, possible side-effects, and the high price, you should stay away from Prozac.
It is my unequivocal belief that drugs are never the answer for overcoming social anxiety. SAD is a condition created by behaviour, so quite how chemical substances are supposed to help you conquer it…well, it’s nonsense.
Are there side-effects from taking
prozac for anxiety?
Yes, there might. These include:
|Anorexia||Anxiety (crazy huh)|
|Loss of sexual desire||Anger or aggressiveness|
|Lethargy||Like an ‘Emotional dullness’|
Are you already on Prozac?
The withdrawal symptoms and side-effects can FEEL really bad, but those feelings do NOT equate to an equal level of real harm. Prozac will not kill you, and it won’t give you long-term health issues either.
Dosages vary from 20 – 80mg per day. It can be taken with or without food.
20mg would be the starting dose. 80mg would be on the high side, so it’s pretty normal to work towards taking 40 – 60mg per day.
4 important things about Prozac
- It’s expensive at 11 – 15 US dollars per pill
- One dose will usually last for 1 – 3 days
- The 1 – 3 day half-life increases to 4 – 6 days after long-term use
- It takes 6 – 8 hours for Prozac to reach it’s peak effectiveness
Prozac was found more beneficial than a placebo in a study. Yet it is not a long term solution. You should not stay on Prozac for long periods of time.
You Need The Solution For Social Anxiety
And Prozac Isn’t It
Medication can sometimes cover social anxiety up, but the disorder lives on underneath. Forget meds, they’re not worth it.
The solution is a system of implementing new behaviour into your life. Why is that the way to get over it?
Because old behaviour from your past gave you SAD. You have to reverse the process that created the problem.