Our sleep doc just prescribed 20 mg of Prozac for our teen daughter with N - she is also on 400 mg of Provigil. She took the Prozac for a couple of days and became very ill - vomiting, extreme nausea. We stopped and plan to see the doc in a few days to discuss. Has anyone used Prozac and done well? The sleep doc prescribed it to give our daughter more energy, but I fear the side affects.
Prozac with Provigil
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 08:47 PM
I'm also a mom of a teenage girl with narcolepsy. Prozac & other SSRIs are used for cataplexy- It's not uncommon to be prescribed provigil or a stimulant and an SSRI. I'm not familiar with the idea of using it for increasing energy, but I'm sure your doctor has reason to think that would be helpful. (Though my daughter's doctor feels effexor is more effective for cataplexy.) It takes a while-weeks- to see the therapeutic effects of prozac and similar drugs. If she had an initial bad reaction, I'd call the doctor. My daughter didn't do as well on provigil as adderall. She also takes effexor and xyrem, but she had severe cataplexy. The one thing that has been constant over the last three years or so since we started treating her for narcolepsy is that the medication has required constant adjustment & is definitely a work in progress. At the very first appointment with the sleep specialist, he told us getting the medication just right is a particular challenge in adolescence. He claims late adolesence is easier than early adolescence, but that brain maturity at about age 22 should make it easier to know what we are dealing with & treat. My daughter is now turning 15- it does seem better than 12 or 13 (isn't everything worse at 13?), but we are still holding our breath. He also thinks going on the pill may be a good option in the future as symptoms often fluctuate at different times of the cycle. But he stresses waiting and giving her time to physically mature more before adding outside hormones to the mix. I hope this make sense & helps. Teen girls are enough of a challenge without dealing with narcolepsy.