If you no longer need to take Prozac, learn about how to stop taking Prozac. Prozac is commonly prescribed as an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication. Prozac functions by mediating a brain chemical (or neurotransmitter) called serotonin and causing more of it to be available. Because Prozac affects your brain chemistry, it is a big decision to stop taking Prozac. Whatever you do, you should never just quit Prozac "cold turkey." If you want to stop taking Prozac, you need to take the right steps to ensure you won't experience withdrawal symptoms.
In order to learn about how to stop taking Prozac, you will need:
- You doctor's permission
- Make sure you are making the right decision. If you want to stop taking Prozac and it is the best choice for you, that is great. Some people are only prescribed Prozac for a few months or a year. Other people need to remain on Prozac for many years or decades. If you want to stop taking Prozac because you don't want to be stigmatized for taking an anti-depressants, you may want to reconsider.
Talk to your doctor. If you want to stop taking Prozac, you doctor is the only person qualified to help you make that decision. If you are uncomfortable taking medication, talk to your doctor about counseling or psychotherapy. Tell your doctor why you want to stop taking Prozac.
- Taper Slowly. If you want to stop taking Prozac, it is important that you do so slowly. If you just quit taking Prozac on your own you could experience many undesirable side effects such as irritability, headache, nausea, or depression. Your doctor will probably prescribe you a lower dose of Prozac which you will take for a couple of weeks before you are ready to stop taking Prozac completely.