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I accidentally took a double dose of my prozac approximately

10 hours apart. My...
I accidentally took a double dose of my prozac approximately 10 hours apart. My normal dose is 60 mg which I took in the morning. I then took another 60mg about ten hours later on accident. So the total mg's I took was `120mg over a ten hour period. Is this considered an overdose or dangerous?
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Hi

Dr. P Jyoti :

the maximum dose for prozac is 80 mg/day

Dr. P Jyoti :

so you have exceeded the maximum dose in fact

Dr. P Jyoti :

but still you are not in any grave danger as this dose would not really put you to grave risk

Customer:

What should I do?

Dr. P Jyoti :

you should not have any problems even with this dose specially since you took it after 10 houts

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hours

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a wait and watch policy would be sufficient for this

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do you live alone?

Customer:

Should I start with my regular dosage of60 mg tomorrow at my regular time? I don't live alone.

Dr. P Jyoti :

ok, its good that you do not live alone

Dr. P Jyoti :

in that case you must inform your family members that you have been exposed to this slight overdose so that they are also aware

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the symptoms to watch out for are:

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  • Drowsiness

  • Nausea

  • Fast heart rate (tachycardia)

  • Vomiting.

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and most importantly,

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Seizures

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be aware of these symptoms and also make your family members aware of this

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not that you are expected to develop them but you should be aware

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any signs of any uncomfortableness and you should report to the ER

Customer:

If I get any of these symptoms what should I do?

Dr. P Jyoti :

you can also discuss on the poison hotline

Dr. P Jyoti :

but generally with these precautions and awareness you can follow a wait and watch policy at home

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also for tomorrow, you should not take tomorrow's dose, you must skip it

Dr. P Jyoti :

begin with the normal dose the day after tomorrow

Customer:

When would these syptoms occur if at all?

Dr. P Jyoti :

actually they occur at much higher doses

Dr. P Jyoti :

and when the overdose is taken altogether

Dr. P Jyoti :

they would occur within 1 to 3 hours

Dr. P Jyoti :

but can occur in upto 6-8 hours

Customer:

If the synptoms do occur what should I do?

Dr. P Jyoti :

you will have to go to the ER immediately

Dr. P Jyoti :

so do make some arrangements

Dr. P Jyoti :

but like i said, with your level of exposure it is not at all likely that you will develop these overdose symptoms

Customer:

Ok. Thanks for your help. It put my mind at ease

Dr. P Jyoti :

glad to help

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take care - do watch out for the symptoms

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