Aa
Aa
A
A
A
Close
Avatar universal

anti-depressant stopped working

I have been taking Prozac at 20 mg for about a month. It seemed to help my depression pretty fast within a couple days, now it has been over a month and now I am starting to feel depression again.
I thought these type of medications the person was suppose to improve in about a month?  My depression is more mild, I don't have extreme agitation or irritability like I did, I just have this apathetic feeling were I don't want to get out of bed. I feel kind of slow like I am in a fog.
4 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
Avatar universal
Hi.  It does take 4-6 weeks for these types of medications to reach a therapeutic level in your system.  If at this point you aren't feeling a whole lot better, call your doctor because it is normally at this point they need to increase our dosage.  They will start us out on a low dosage and go up if need be.  Give it a couple of more weeks and if no better, call your doctor.  Take care!
Helpful - 0
Avatar universal
thanks for the response, yeah i might get my dose increased, i am just afraid it will stop working again and i will have to withdrawal from a higher dose.
Helpful - 0
1535467 tn?1342231670
Hi, upping the dose may solve your problem. You have to understand anti-depressants are not a permament fix, it could be a year , could be a few years, it will eventually stop working and you will be switched to a different drug if your depression persists. Its the nature of the beast.  From what I understand 50% of patients who take a course of anti-depressants will have to take them for a lifetime.  

You may at some point want to try alternative methods such as 5htp or possibly SAM-E. Personally, I had terrible side affects with both, but they may work for you.

Good luck and God bless.
Helpful - 0
Avatar universal
thanks for the comment. yeah i took some 5 htp and my mood drastically improved.
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Depression Community

Top Mood Disorders Answerers
Avatar universal
Arlington, VA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
15 signs that it’s more than just the blues
Discover the common symptoms of and treatment options for depression.
We've got five strategies to foster happiness in your everyday life.
Don’t let the winter chill send your smile into deep hibernation. Try these 10 mood-boosting tips to get your happy back
Herpes sores blister, then burst, scab and heal.
Herpes spreads by oral, vaginal and anal sex.