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I know some selective serotonin inhibitors, such as Prozac, are prescribed for anxiety, but can they also cause anxiety?

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    $\begingroup$ Hi, could you perhaps share some initial research you have done yourself already? Maybe explain a little bit about the SSRI medication with the effects you know about. People will then be better able to estimate what you know and at what level of expertise you would like an answer. $\endgroup$ – Robin Kramer Jun 29 '16 at 7:46
  • $\begingroup$ yes -- particularly in the interim between treatment onset and onset of therapeutic effects (approximately two weeks). moreover, SSRIs can cause serotonin syndrome, whose symptoms might manifest as anxiety, headache and agitation. this is considered an adverse reaction. $\endgroup$ – faustus Jul 10 '17 at 17:26
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Prozac (the generic drug fluoxetine) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and is primarily prescribed as an antidepressant, but also as an anxiolytic.

The side effects of fluoxetine indeed include anxiety, but this is a rare phenomenon (source: Drugs.com). The more common complaints are restlessness and skin rash. In fact, Mayo Clinic doesn't even list anxiety as a general side effect of SSRIs.

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