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Switching from Sertraline to Fluoxetine, advice?

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hew44686

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Hi everyone, I started on 50mg of Sertraline last month for depression but found it had lots of side effects, which made me feel a lot worse. I was on the 50mg for 6 weeks but couldn't take how awful I was feeling so have been on 25mg as of last week. The side effects have since reduced greatly and this drug is clearly not for me. I saw my doctor and she prescribed 20mg of Fluoxetine but I am unsure of the best way to switch over to it. I am considering just switching straight over because I have only been on Sertraline for 7 weeks and the last week I've been on the lowest dose. I don't know if this is the best thing to do though. I have seen differing suggestions, which has left me confused.

Can anyone advise me on the best way to switch?

Thanks!
 
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ive needed alot of support when switching meds
either I went to hospital
or the mental health day centre, or wellbeing hub
they are sometimes called
somewhere I can sit quietly and have a chat with staff
about how I'm feeling

:grouphug: 🕯🍀
 
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Kimmm13

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I did the opposite. I was on 40mg fluoxetine and switched to 25mg sertraline then upped to 50mg. My doctor said she could either slowly reduce my dosage then start on sertraline or I could just go 4 days without any meds then start on sertraline. I chose to go 4 days without because fluoxetine just didn't work for me at all so 4 more days wasn't going to hurt after 2 months of being on it and it not working.
 
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Hello
I don’t know what is the best way ???
But I switched Sertraline to Fluoxetine at inpatient. I was on Sertraline for 2 weeks. (25-50-100-150mg). Since I was on it only 2 weeks, Psychi reduced it to100mg next day. Then no med on the following day. Then I started Fluoxetine 20mg.
 
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