Low-dose SSRI for anxiety?
March 21, 2012 1:29 PM Subscribe
Could a low dose (10 mg/day) of fluoxetine really help with my generalized anxiety? I can find information on its use for panic disorder, but it doesn't seem to be explicitly indicated for GAD. Has it worked for you?
posted by dialetheia to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I mentioned my increasing trouble with (lifelong) constant background anxiety to my doctor, and she prescribed me 10 mg/day of fluoxetine (Prozac). Leaving aside other therapeutic approaches I could take, which I assure you I am also looking into, has anyone had any success with a very low dose of SSRIs to treat generalized anxiety? I got the strange feeling that my doctor only prescribed them because she didn't want to prescribe any benzos (which is fine, I didn't ask for them) but didn't want to send me away empty-handed. From what I can find, 10 mg seems to be a sub-therapeutic dose, and most people start at 20 mg.
I have a bit of resistance to taking SSRIs in general (friends and family have had lots of terrible experiences with them, though I know each drug is different) and I don't really want to take these if it probably isn't going to help, or if I will just have to increase the dose a bunch to get any response.
I'm also curious if anyone has any experience tapering off such a low dose of SSRIs - is it likely that I could still go through the SSRI withdrawals/"discontinuation syndrome" if I decide to quit, even though I'm only taking 10 mg/day? Thanks for your advice.