the dr put my 17 year old daughter on prozac for anxiety, is this safe

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Gena - posted on 10/01/2015

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Julia i want you to know that your comment was rude. First of all:Anxiety and Panic attacks dont disappear from "love" and a "good balanced diet". I bet you have never had a panic attack and be happy that you haven't,because panic attacks and anxiety feels like hell!! It is absolutely awful! All the love in the world can't heal panic / anxiety disorder!!
Penny Lee Taggart: Your daughter has not been given the prescription for no reason. It will take up to 2-4 weeks until she feels something. If the Prozac isn't good for her there are alot of other meds that can help. I went through a couple of meds before I found the right ones. And I am thankful for the meds because they are made to help people! I wish you and your daughter good luck and she is not Alone...lots of people suffer from anxiety and panic. Nothing to be ashamed of!

Sarah - posted on 10/01/2015

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As I posted on the other thread. Prozac is a safe, well tested med that has been around for a long time. Make sure you keep a close eye on your daughter's mood and is she takes a turn for the worse call her doctor. If you have tried therapy, diet, exercise and she still struggles with her mood; IMO it is wise to trust your doctor and try medication. If she verbalizes any suicidal thoughts, or stops eating, stop the med and call the doc pronto. Best of luck

Sarah - posted on 10/01/2015

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It happens, and it is hard to not take it for what it is...garbage. You are dealing with a tough decision. Seems like you have carefully weighed your options and exhausted other modalities. The next step in treatment is medication. Trust yourself.....

Blackheart - posted on 10/01/2015

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Thank you all. I am new to the group and she happened to be my first comment back, I reported her for personal attacks and rudeness

Dove - posted on 10/01/2015

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Oh... and while diet, exercise, proper sleep, and a good support system can certainly HELP depression and anxiety... as a woman who has battled w/ both for almost 39 years now... they can NOT cure true, chronic mental/emotional health disorders. It is Julia who doesn't have a clue....

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Dove - posted on 10/01/2015

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Julia is obviously a troll. I 'think' there is greater concern using anti-depressants on teenagers than adults, but seeing as how she is 17 there is probably less of a risk than if she were around 13/14... At least that's my guess.

My best friend (obviously much older) has been on Prozac for well over a decade now and it really is a 'miracle' for her. It helps her SO much. When I started trying to find an anti-depressant that might work for me I started w/ Prozac and all I wanted to do for the month I was on it was sleep... and I was constantly nauseous. 'I' can not take any meds as my body hates them.

Keep a close eye on her and make sure she reports any and all side effects to the doctor.

Blackheart - posted on 10/01/2015

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I will report you miss julia mom if you even are a mom, are the clueless one, do not post on my feed anymore, i will report you, i came here for help not hate. If your life is perfect well god bless you!!!!!

Blackheart - posted on 10/01/2015

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Thank you Maryann, we talk often, that is why I asked the dr. because it is destroying her life, i want her to enjoy life not be afraid of it, that is why i took her to the dr. therapy was not working, my words were not working, so i needed help,

i was just looking to see if it was safe for her age.

Thank you very much, for being nice.

penny

Blackheart - posted on 10/01/2015

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Thank you so much Gena, that is why I asked her if she had kids, people that do not go through this do not know, I have suffered with this since 15 years old, I just want you to know I appreciate your comments to me and to her, she was very rude, i had just signed on i was going to quit the site, I can take negative comments but she was rude telling me diet and love, my daughters diet is healthy and we are the best of friends, anxiety and depression hurts all kinds of people. I did report her

thank you again
penny

MaryAnn - posted on 09/29/2015

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Not a whole lot to go on here, but if the doctor thinks its safer than the alternative (ie not being on prozac) it probably is relatively safe. There are several adverse reactions... Increased anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, headaches, general tummy troubles... And those can show up late into treatment (4-6 weeks). At this point, it is very important to work on ypur relationship with her, and keep an open dialogue about how she is feeling. Keep in mind, she may not know her feelings, and she might not notice some changes in her behaviour. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get on the right medications. Be open and sympathetic with her. If you have concerns she is not willing to discuss, tell her doctor, preferbly over the phone where she can not hear. The doctor is unlikely to share what she shares with him in confidence unless she is a danger to herself or others. She needs to feel in control of her body and her life, but that does not mean you are not allowed to be concerned.

Julia - posted on 09/29/2015

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from your reply to me, i understand why your daughter needs drugs. You don't have a clue.

Blackheart - posted on 09/29/2015

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my daughter has all those things, especially the love, she just thinks everyone is judging her and it gives her panic attacks....Do you even have kids?

Julia - posted on 09/29/2015

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of course its not safe. Your daughter should have a balanced life of a good diet with proper nutrition, exercise and love from you. get her off those drugs ASAP

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