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Old 10-18-09, 01:39 PM   #1
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I take 60mg a day and have done for over a year. I tried to reduce not long back but it didn't work out so i went back to 60. Is it dangerous to stay on this dose for such a long time?
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I don't take Prozac (or any antidepressants for the matter), so I don't actually know; however, I do have this to say: I would think that as long as it is helping you, then the amount is perfectly fine. I assume that it was prescribed by your doctor? While I won't say doctors are right all the time, I do think that if your doctor issued you that amount, and it's working well for you, then I'd say it's not too much. That's just my two cents on the whole thing.

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i know people who have been on 80 mg so 60 mg isn't the highest dose. i also have a friend who has been on antidepressants for years and i mean years and she will probably have to take it for the rest of her life. i think there are a lot of people who have to take it for most of their life once they found the right one. do i want to be one of those people? no, but i think if you are lucky enough to have found a med that works for you, you should stick with it until you get to the point where you are stable and know you can safely go off your meds and be ok. i still haven't found a drug that works for me and i'm one of those people who absolutely hates taking drugs b/c i think it messes me up even more but it's like i'm already so messed up does it really matter anymore?
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i know people who have been on 80 mg so 60 mg isn't the highest dose. i also have a friend who has been on antidepressants for years and i mean years and she will probably have to take it for the rest of her life. i think there are a lot of people who have to take it for most of their life once they found the right one. do i want to be one of those people? no, but i think if you are lucky enough to have found a med that works for you, you should stick with it until you get to the point where you are stable and know you can safely go off your meds and be ok. i still haven't found a drug that works for me and i'm one of those people who absolutely hates taking drugs b/c i think it messes me up even more but it's like i'm already so messed up does it really matter anymore?
omg, aren't you terrified about having to go on medication for the rest of your life? I know I am, but am sad to say that I may be one of those people.

I STILL don't get how people "go off their meds once stable". What if they're people that naturally have a "deficiency" in serotonin causing the depression and so can never have a choice of going off even when "stable" - or does it actually come to a point where your "resources" are refilling on their own good enough that you don't have to take them anymore?

This has always been a question on my mind, when I read people with depression who say they go off after about a year and a half because they are "stable" - but as for me it's always been worries n oc issues since a kid, so I do get the point that yea, it's probably 'rest of my life' for me.. but it's just been a question in a mind.

Sometimes (not to be biased), but I feel it's so unfair that those people have depression alone, and not other issues like social anxiety to deal with, and can just go off the meds once they are coping well, because their serotonin stores depleting are not that main problem.

hmm.. argh.
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I have gone between 40-80mg for the past 18yrs. Right now I'm on 80mg. It hasn't seemed to hurt me at all. I have OCD, so it would be terrible to go off my prozac. I've just learned to live with it as part of my daily life. I take 3 other meds as well - for anxiety and depression.
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Thanks for your response, I guess 18 years is a long time..
It is reassuring for me to hear that. I guess I can learn to live with it as well.

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I've been on 40 or 60mg for a while now. I think it's a moderate dose. I thought I remembered my ex's stepfather was on a dose up into the 200-400mg range. But I could be remembering that wrong.

Yeah, coming off of meds (especially antidepressants) is hard. Getting support, from your prescriber and/or a counselor/therapist and/or a support group helps a lot.
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In the Uk doctors don't like to give out more than 60mg a day, but I have read that you can be on 80-100 with little or no long term side effects. Even 120mg seems to be ok in some on some sites.

I think you have to define a lot, your body can get used to nearly anything given time. If your doctor thinks its ok to be on this amount then it should be ok.

But perhaps a second doctors confirmation might ease your thoughts.

I was on 60mg for about six months and I found the weaning off rough, like they tell people don't come off from them unless youv'e talked it over with a professional. I personally didn't want to be on them long term but my side effects were very rough.

But everyone is different and if it helps you cope then it helps you cope.

I came off because my side effects started to give me other problems, I still have depression but I have less bad days if that makes sense.

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I take 60mg a day and have done for over a year. I tried to reduce not long back but it didn't work out so i went back to 60. Is it dangerous to stay on this dose for such a long time?
Depending on your source the maximum dose of Prozac is 80 or 100mg. 80 is the more agreed upon number. I took 100mg for a long time but once I started taking other anti-depressants I reduced it to 80 and have been fine. I've been taking Prozac for 15 years and it has been one of the most helpful medications I've ever taken. You will be fine on 60 mg.
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Some studies suggest that it's un-necessery to take over 20mg daily, as regardless of the amount, the effects (both good and bad) are the same, including the long term benefits. Of course I'm not entirely certain how reliable such studies are, but it's just a thought...

But as someone else suggested, if it helps you, then it's all good. And I'm sure if it was dangerous your doctor wouldn't allow it.
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