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When can I stop taking Prozac?

Tapering the Prozac dose under the direction of your physician is very important. In some cases small dose changes are made once weekly and then monitored and evaluated by your doctor to determine the next decrease in dose. It is key to have your physician's involvement in determining the best tapering schedule for you and your medical conditions.
The best, and safest, way to come off the antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine) is to wean off the drug slowly. Stopping cold turkey, even if you're feeling better, can cause withdrawal symptoms, such as dizziness, irritability, headache, insomnia and more. If you want to stop taking Prozac, talk to your doctor first. He or she will likely lower your dose gradually before you can stop taking it.

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