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While withdrawal is typically associated with discontinuing from “hard” drugs such as amphetamines and opioids, it’s possible to experience unpleasant side effects when stopping antidepressants as well. Prozac withdrawal symptoms can occur in those who suddenly stop taking this medication.


How long does Prozac withdrawal last?

According to the NHS, patients can start to experience negative side effects about 5 days after stopping their antidepressants. These negative symptoms can continue for roughly 6 weeks after discontinuation.

What are the withdrawal symptoms?

Every patient is unique. Some patients may not exhibit signs of Prozac (fluoxetine) withdrawal after discontinuation. Others unfortunately will. These symptoms can include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Returning symptoms, such as depression
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Drowsiness

How do you stop taking Prozac?

Your medical provider will help you determine the best plan for discontinuing Prozac. Typically, medical providers offer guidance on how to taper off fluoxetine gradually, which helps lessen the severity and frequency of Prozac withdrawal symptoms.

For more information on Prozac alternatives, please visit our alternatives page.

Can you get off Prozac cold turkey?

Quitting any medication “cold turkey,” or suddenly, increases the risk of experiencing more frequent and severe withdrawal symptoms. This fact is why medical providers typically advise patients on how to taper off Prozac gradually.

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