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daughter ( 17 ) started lovan 9 days ago. Mood seemed unchanged but got worse yesterday &

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daughter ( 17 ) started lovan 9 days ago.
Mood seemed unchanged but got worse yesterday & today suffering from dizziness, nausea, shakes & chills . Is this normal response to Lovan and when can improvement be expected.
thanks
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 1 year ago.

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Lovan (fluoxetine), like all SSRIs (form of antidepressants) cause side effects, especially when the patient begins treatment.

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Nausea is seen in 22% of patients.

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Dizziness in 11%

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Shakes (tremors) in 9%

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Chills is less common but one of the listed side effects.

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There medications usually take about 3 weeks to start to work.

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Monitor her carefully. Occasionally this drug can make a person feel suicidal. If this happens take her to her physician for an assessment.

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This is perhaps the most widely used antidepressant in the world and has been around for quite awhile. Nevertheless, all psychotropic drugs must be treated with caution so that they only work of good.

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I wish your daughter and family great success and shall keep you all in my prayers.

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she has not had any side effects till today - is this normal and can we expect for them to pass once the depression improves

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Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 1 year ago.
It took awhile for the side effects to occur but these are normal ones. Hopefully they will disappear in a few days. No person reacts the same way, but if she is not having other side effects then these are normal ones.

Psychotropic medications are powerful and it takes awhile for the body and brain to adjust to them. If she gets any stronger symptons of fever, high temperature, disorientation, or other more pronounced symptoms beyond what you described, then see a doctor right away. Right now the symptoms are normal and to be expected.

I understand how nerve-wracking this must be.

She will be fine.

May God protect your family.

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