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Prozac/Fluoxetin and Throat/Swallowing - experiences?

PostPosted: February 23rd, 2015, 7:07 am
by Xina535
Hi Everyone,
Started taking Fluoxetin 10mg on 18-Feb. Once per day, in the morning.

I've noticed these things happen:

1) I am more excitable/anxious during the day. I read about this, that it can happen as a side effect at first. I also read that I can take Opipramol (what I was taking for 1.5 years and still have lots left over) at night to help me sleep. So I take 50mg of that at night in combo with the Fluoxetin.

2) A numb or swollen feeling in the back of my throat. This is a hard thing for me to describe. It is not a lump feeling, it is not dry throat - I've had those things big time before. It's not painful. It feels like it's swollen more than numb because I feel myself needing to inhale deeper, take deeper breaths to get air. But I use "numb" because when I swallow it feels different, like as if I can't really feel something going down - but just confined to the back of my throat, and is mildly noticable.

I've searched on this site for prozac/swallowing/throat/fluoxetin but I've found mostly entries about people who had the lump feeling but then it was relieved by Prozac. I am writing to ask if anyone who has taken Prozac/Fluoxetin to see what side effects you experienced, if these two above sound familiar and if they went away after a certain period of time. I will also talk to my neurologist about it on Wednesday.

I've looked online and for swollen or swallowing issues, that is listed more as an allergic reaction. For me, I am not sure this is allergic since it is mild. If I were allergic, wouldn't I be experiencing more intense issues?


Re: Prozac/Fluoxetin and Throat/Swallowing - experiences?

PostPosted: February 23rd, 2015, 7:46 am
by Yuliasir
I felt that throat numbness too, it's temporary effect

Re: Prozac/Fluoxetin and Throat/Swallowing - experiences?

PostPosted: February 26th, 2015, 12:35 pm
by Xina535
I hate this throat feeling so much that I stopped taking this medicine. At least skipped today's dose. Probably not smart, but I am taking 10mg which is half of the normal dose so I don't really have much to "taper" off to. If I can feel that this throat symptom settles down, I will go back on it since I tolerate this medication pretty well otherwise. Really one less thing I need: swallowing problems. I would rather go back on taking only Opipramol.

Re: Prozac/Fluoxetin and Throat/Swallowing - experiences?

PostPosted: March 6th, 2015, 11:40 am
by Xina535
The throat issue went away so 3 days ago, I started taking it again. I have the issue again, but am not freaking out about it. My psychotherapist knows what I did, so a doctor is aware. When/if I go back to the self pay neuro who prescribed me it, I will of course tell him what I did. Both doctors are ok with me taking opipramol at night for sleep.