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12 Jul 2005

Flourextine Meds
Dear CS,

Sorry to hear that you are not well, I hope you are well again very soon. I have not been on this site for a while. But now I have a question for you: I have been on the above meds since April this year. I am feeling much much better and I am just wondering if I can stop taking the meds? If so, must I stop gradualy as in one tab every second day, for like 2 weeks? I have actually forgotten to take them for 3 days now and I feel fine!

Thanks for your time.
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CyberShrink
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01 Jan 0001

Thanks for you good wishes, Susie. NO, don't stop the meds yet. Fluoxetine is an effective antidepressant, but all good experts recommend that with a depression, one should stay on such meds AFTER one has begun feeling well again, for a least 6 to 9 months, until the underlying chemical imbalances have more thoroughly sorted themselves out. THEN, you can stop them, if you're still feeling fine. Right now, you may still, feel OK after 3 days, partly because it takes a while for a Depression to come back again, and partly because Fluoxetine is the slowest of its family to get eliminated from the body, so there will still be some of it present in your system.
For the same reason, it is usually not necessary to sagger the withdrawal from Fluoxetine, as even if one stops abruptly ( as you did this time ) it tends to reduce gradually over several days.
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