Personally I think all SSRI's are stimulatling (although Prozac perhaps more than others) I think the reason some ie celexa and paxil may cause daytime drowsiness is likely due to the fact that their messing with sleep at night due to initial stimulation. After a few days without proper sleep we'd all be somewhat somnolent.Prozac is a very stimulating SSRI, why doctors prescribe it for anxiety is beyond me. Yes it can help, but what good is it when it makes you suffer from insomnia? Some of the less stimulating SSRIs might be better, such as Celexa or Paxil.
I've taken Prozac but that was in the late '80s. What I recall the most about Prozac were the sleeping problems and total sexual dysfunction. An erection was impossible.I'm not sure whether to post this in "medication" or "frustration" because aren't they the same thing? Right now I'm taking 20mg of Prozac and 20mg of BuSpar. My anxiety/depression is somewhat better, but I can't sleep at night! I've been taking Prozac off and on for years and it's always helped with my anxiety, but it gets to a certain point where my need for sleep overtakes my desire for mental stability and I quit taking it. I called my doctor's office today, but who knows if he'll ever get back to me. After years of going through this same scenario with different doctors (and different medications), I strongly doubt he's going to be able to help me anyway. I'm really scared because I've been doing well in school and I got a job recently and I don't want to lose all that. I almost couldn't make it through work today because I was so tired. But if I quit taking the Prozac, then things will probably go back to the way they used to be and school and work will seem completely out of the question.
Anybody else share this problem or have any advice? I've tried taking different things in conjunction with the Prozac, to help me sleep, but it seems like they don't help me sleep at night, and some of them just make me even more tired during the day.
I think Effexor serves its purpose as a last line treatment against severe depression among the new antidepressants, especially when combined with mirtazapine ie california rocket fuel, but its deffinetly not something that I think doctors should put people on generally unless most new antidepressants ie SSRI's, wellbutrin etc have failed first.I was gonna say maybe Effexor might be a better balance, but I don't really recommend that poison to anyone. Same could be said for Paxil, but atleast you can get off it more easily by switching to another SSRI with a longer half-life.