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Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs?

Posted by CJ Nightowl on April 7, 2003, at 0:26:58

Everybody talks about Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Wellbutrin and Paxil, but no one talks about being on Prozac. I have heard that it can help with fatigue, the unmotivated feelings and the blahs. I have tried all except Paxil and Prozac. I need a magic pill! I want to be motivated. I want to clean my house. I want to go back to work and I want to go shopping! I want to do all these things, but I just can't motivate myself to get going and doing them. All advice is appreciated!
CJ

 

Re: Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs? CJ Nightowl

Posted by JLx on April 7, 2003, at 9:07:16

In reply to Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs?, posted by CJ Nightowl on April 7, 2003, at 0:26:58

>I need a magic pill! I want to be motivated. I want to clean my house. I want to go back to work and I want to go shopping! I want to do all these things, but I just can't motivate myself to get going and doing them. All advice is appreciated!
> CJ

I have been where you are and I've tried Prozac and found the side effects intolerable and the antidepressant effect inadequate.

I feel like a broken record with this, but it's my experience: the "magic pill" for me was magnesium glycinate. I felt a hundred times better in one day. This means I must have been very deficient in magnesium, which is not surprising as I was taking a multi-vit/min that had a poorly absorbed form of magnesium, and was eating a lot of calcium rich foods with little or no magnesium rich foods. There are other relevant dietary changes I've made and I am tweaking as I go along, but magnesium was the key for me. I am no longer depressed and cleaning my house - finally. :) This is the website where I got my information initially: "Rapid Recovery From Severe, Stress-Induced Depression Using Magnesium"

http://www.coldcure.com/html/dep.html

If nothing there rings a bell with your experience, I'd also suggest the book "Depression Free Naturally" by Joan Mathews Larson. One of the interesting features of this book is that it describes different kinds of depression based on their causes. She has a checklist for instance, with many variables from "sighs a lot" to "task completion is hard" to "feels better to skip breakfast". Depending on what you check, different chapters may apply where she advises various natural remedies.

I wish I'd read that book in 1999 when it first came out. There are others with similar info. Here is a page of books recommended by a woman who cured her own depression naturally:

http://depressionbookstore.com/nutrition_depression/\

"Alternative Mental Health" is also a good site. They have many good articles and a data base of practitioners: http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/directory/search.asp

If you prefer a psychological approach, I recommend Richard O'Connor's book, "Undoing Depression". Whatever choices you make, good luck to you finding effective relief. :)

 

Re: Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs?

Posted by baracuda on April 7, 2003, at 11:16:23

In reply to Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs?, posted by CJ Nightowl on April 7, 2003, at 0:26:58

prozac didnt help me at all. it was a nightmare.

 

Re: Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs? CJ Nightowl

Posted by Edgefield on April 7, 2003, at 11:16:48

In reply to Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs?, posted by CJ Nightowl on April 7, 2003, at 0:26:58

Hello there...I understand about wanting to be motivated. You and I have the same desire (work, shopping, clean the house, well not clean the house a much as the others :))
I am taking Prozac, well the generic Fluoxetine. It has helped me alot in getting back to feeling more like my old self. I have been taking it for 4 weeks now. I hear that 6 weeks is the magic number.
If you decide to give Prozac a try, please keep me posted. I would like to see if we are progressing about the same.
God Bless
Edgefield


> Everybody talks about Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Wellbutrin and Paxil, but no one talks about being on Prozac. I have heard that it can help with fatigue, the unmotivated feelings and the blahs. I have tried all except Paxil and Prozac. I need a magic pill! I want to be motivated. I want to clean my house. I want to go back to work and I want to go shopping! I want to do all these things, but I just can't motivate myself to get going and doing them. All advice is appreciated!
> CJ

 

Re: Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs?

Posted by fallsfall on April 7, 2003, at 11:54:56

In reply to Re: Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs? CJ Nightowl, posted by Edgefield on April 7, 2003, at 11:16:48

I have been taking Prozac for maybe 4 or 5 months. Before that I was looking for something to work for 9 months. Prozac helps me. It did work on the fatigue and blahs. The only side effect I have is insomnia (so I take Sonata). I have since added Provigil and Strattera and those helped even more.

Yes, it is worth trying Prozac - particularly if you've tried a bunch of other ones.

 

Re: Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs? fallsfall

Posted by Edgefield on April 7, 2003, at 12:00:42

In reply to Re: Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs?, posted by fallsfall on April 7, 2003, at 11:54:56

Once again I'm amazed at how unique we all are especially when it comes to medications. Fluoxetine caused me to be sleepy and tired. I'm still dealing with this side effect, but I can tell that it's beginning to subside. Is Provigil the same as Neurontin? I sometimes take Neurontin. It seems to help my mood, but it causes my vision to be blurred, so I mainly take Klonopin and Fluoxetine.
God Bless
Edgefield

> I have been taking Prozac for maybe 4 or 5 months. Before that I was looking for something to work for 9 months. Prozac helps me. It did work on the fatigue and blahs. The only side effect I have is insomnia (so I take Sonata). I have since added Provigil and Strattera and those helped even more.
>
> Yes, it is worth trying Prozac - particularly if you've tried a bunch of other ones.

 

Re: Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs?

Posted by fallsfall on April 9, 2003, at 8:08:58

In reply to Re: Does PROZAC help w/fatigue and blahs? fallsfall, posted by Edgefield on April 7, 2003, at 12:00:42

Provigil is not the same as Neurontin (I take that too, but for restless legs at night...). Provigil is for narcaplexy (spelling??) - when you fall asleep all the time during the day. My doctor gave it to me to increase my concentration and something else (clearly, it doesn't help me remember stuff).


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