Prozac Withdrawal Symptoms

Prozac Withdrawal Symptoms

Prozac withdrawal symptoms can be severe enough to cause a person to feel trapped into remaining medicated, despite the problems the medication is causing.

Side effects from antidepressant medication can also introduce difficulties that are far worse than the original reasons for seeking and taking prescription drugs. These three areas of concern, namely the initial symptoms suffered, the side effects from the drugs, combined with adverse withdrawal symptoms can tangle a person up into not knowing exactly how to regain their health. We can help. 

The Alternative to Meds Center is a residential facility employing holistic methods and medical oversight, to assist those who have decided to discontinue their medication, and want to do so safely and comfortably. We have helped thousands of people, tailoring programs to meet the specific needs of each client. We recommend you listen to and read some of the success stories of our past residents, to get a deeper understanding of how clients were able to overcome different types of challenges.

Noone knows 100% how antidepressants work, except that they change the chemistry in the brain, and the CNS (Central Nervous System).  Studies done on SSRI drugs like Prozac indicate that the drug blocks an excitatory type of hormone called serotonin along the neuropathways. This action precipitates a buildup and is thought to cause a lift in mood, at least temporarily. 

Notes on Serotonin Syndrome and Serotonin Deficits

Sometimes, too much serotonin causes a lifethreatening condition called "Serotonin Syndrome." Though the situation presents relatively rarely, it is something one should be aware of while taking Prozac and similar acting drugs. Tragically, Serotonin Syndrome can lead to coma and death, so always seek emergency medical attention if abrupt changes occur such as high fever, fainting, diarrhea, sudden weakness, agitation or tremors. 

However, the most common response the body makes to this overload of serotonin is by stopping any further production of the hormone. This is a protective measure which would prevent Serotonin Syndrome.  But eventually, the person is left with a deficit of serotonin. A shortage of serotonin causes a drop in mood, among other undesirable effects. As time goes on, the prescribing doctor may increase the dosage attempting to replicate the mood lifting (antidepressant) effect.  The usual outcome only causes a worsening of depression, along with other undesirable adverse effects. 

The patient may decide to discontinue the course of SSRI drugs, due to lack of success in reaching their mental and emotional health goals.  Due to the discontinuation symptoms that will arise, one should never abruptly stop taking antidepressant drugs such as Prozac.     

Withdrawal Symptoms

Prozac withdrawal symptoms commonly include: 

  • Vertigo and dizziness, spinny feelings, lightheadedness
  •  "brain zaps", feels like bursts of electricity in the head or body
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rushing sounds in the head
  • Loss of balance
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Rage
  • Crying spells
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping, insomnia, nightmares, unusual dreams
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite

Some of these symptoms can last for a very long time if untreated. Some of these symptoms may not show up until a few weeks after stopping a drug, without preparation and proper tapering protocols in place. We can help avoid all of these problems. 

The Alternative to Meds Center Can Help 

Before tapering begins, we utilize holistic therapies and protocols to stability the client's neurochemistry. When the client notices improved sleeping and appetite and is feeling less agitated, then we can begin the next phase of the program, which entails a thorough body cleanse. 

Before the cleanse, lab testing is done to determine toxic load, and then the cleanse removes these neurotoxins from the body. Nutrients are restored where testing found them lacking. Adequate rest, hydration, and therapeutic massage is provided, among other proprietary methods. Clients report many benefits from these steps, which will make the tapering experience much less symptomatic. 

Find Out More About the Program 

We invite you to call us today and ask about tapering programs that we offer. Many clients who enrolled with us were near hopelessness about restoring their emotional and mental wellbeing. Using many holistic treatments, we offer the client the chance to regain their physical and neurochemical balance, and can also take advantage of the life coaching and personal counseling, art therapy, and other treatments provided. 

Private insurance usually covers at least a portion of the fees. Please feel free to call us and get all your questions answered. Our friendly and well informed staff welcome your call and the chance to speak with you about your personal health goals. There is much to learn about how our Prozac withdrawal treatment program can help you or your loved one to overcome Prozac withdrawal symptoms. 

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