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Old 04-08-2009, 01:48 PM
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Have any of you used prozac? Summer was prescribed it for her SA a few days ago. I was very wary of drugs for her SA but nothing else was working and I was assured the prozac wouldn't change her personality or make her less herself just lessen her anxiety.

After a few days on prozac, she's like another dog. She has NO drive, NO energy, just sleeps... She won't even eat her treats she usually goes crazy for. She won't play anymore... It's just awful. The dog that was tearing up the agility course last week now won't even jog across the yard. She stops halfway and walks. I've also noticed she's started doing the stereotypical chihuahua/small dog shaking which she NEVER has done before.

Is it possible it's too big a dose? I'm going to talk to the vet and see what he thinks. I do know lethargy and shaking are sometimes a side effect. On the plus side, she's so mellow she really doesn't seem to care when I leave but it's not worth it if she's not herself. I miss the old Summer.

Oh and we have agility class tonight. I'm not sure what I'm going to do- she has no interest in food right now at all.
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Old 04-08-2009, 01:51 PM
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I know with humans you need to give it 6-8 weeks to see an improvement. I believe I had somewhat of the same symptoms on different antidepressants.

What does calm Summer down? I think you should get her another doggie friend to be with when you have to leave her... no wait? Was that outloud? Mwahahahahahaha...
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It takes about 2 months to see the effects, so it sounds like it's a side effect. I don't know if lowering the dose would help in that case, but there are other meds that can be used for SA.
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I know with humans you need to give it 6-8 weeks to see an improvement. I believe I had somewhat of the same symptoms on different antidepressants.

What does calm Summer down? I think you should get her another doggie friend to be with when you have to leave her... no wait? Was that outloud? Mwahahahahahaha...
I've heard the 6-8 weeks thing to, but i don't know if I can take this that long.

I really am planning on getting another doggie friend anyways. I wonder if that'd be enough to really help her out.
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It takes about 2 months to see the effects, so it sounds like it's a side effect. I don't know if lowering the dose would help in that case, but there are other meds that can be used for SA.
I know a bit about other meds but for some reason this is the one that the vet wanted to try.

I just don't know what to do about it.... what would you guys do?
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Coffee for Summer? I'd probably ask the vet, it doesn't sound like the meds are helping her so much as hurting her at this point. For me, once I was on the right antidepressant, there were no side-effects at all.
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I know a bit about other meds but for some reason this is the one that the vet wanted to try.

I just don't know what to do about it.... what would you guys do?
I think I'd give it a little more time and see if the side effects decrease. Maybe see if you can try a lower dose.

As for vets...I want to get Tyr on meds for SA, and prozac is my vet's first choice also. I don't even think he knows what all the alternatives are.
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If it were me, I'd take her off it and try something else... Maybe in time you would be able to see the beneficial effects, but I think I'd feel just like you, where I didn't know if I could take such a drastic personality change for very long. =/
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I'm leaning towards pulling her off and seeing what else we can try. Im gonna talk to the vet first of course.
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When Thunder was younger, my vet put him on Prozac for SA. I only kept him on it for about 2 weeks, he was acting like Summer and he just wasn't himself. It wasn't worth it, IMO, to have him so "out of it". I forget what we put him on after that but he was better on the second meds. He doesn't take anything anymore, he's gotten better as he's gotten older.
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