Hi Holly, I thinks it's because it's a name people without mh problems associate with ADs because of media, film etc. They probably wouldn't recognize the names of other ADs. Some people just can't understand why people can't get by without taking pills, and tend to focus on the negatives. Fluoxetine can be helpful to many people, but like all medication it can come with side effects.
The main thing is, does it help you? You may not be able to answer that yet, because it takes a few weeks to work, but give it a chance. I hope it helps.x
I think there's a lot of stigma surrounding Prozac not only because of media / film (which certainly doesn't help) but the fact that when it was first used it wasn't actually proven to help with depressive symptoms, or something like that, and it's 'known' (as a result of the media) for having awful side effects (which obviously can be the case for any antidepressant / drug, and it can equally have no side effects at all!
Also, it is the most widely used antidepressant worldwide (and only took two years of production to reach this status) so I guess that'd be why lots of people have lots to say about it.
It's such a well known name, there is a book called Prozac nation. As above the media have amplified it's existence and what it does.
Sketchy is right if it helps you that is the most important thing. Think of you rather than any stigma. Think of number 1.
I'm not sure that there is a stigma per se, but as a trade name it seems to be the one that most people have heard of. I think this is more a result of American media than anything else; citalopram is the most widely prescribed AD in the UK.
Fluoxetine is beneficial for a range of issues and is particularly effective for reducing anxiety, so good luck with it. Remember that nobody even needs to know you're taking it, and that it's actually a good thing that it's well known - it means it's helped enough people to warrant being so widely prescribed!
I hope it helps you, it has definitely helped me, and bar the coming on to it and coming off period (and knowing to eat before taking it) I personally had very few if any side effects and it has been really helpful, and Far less side effects than other things I've been on, far far less.
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Thanks all! I've been taking it in the morning for 2 days now. No side effects as far as thee eye can see, granted I have been started on a tiny dose. (10mg)
The only thing I noticed was that I couldn't get to sleep last night, but I'm crossing my fingers that it was just the heat. I had terrible insomnia with sertraline too so it would be a bummer if I had the same side effect with fluoxetine. No problems during my afternoon naps though!