Our expert says:
Quite often, Depression is a chronic or recurrent illness, thouh some of us are lucky enough to experience a single or maybe 2 discrete episodes. It is generally recommended that after 3 separate episodes, one should consider remaining on effective antidepressant medication long-term. And your mention of "obsessive thoughts" suggests there's an element of OCD as well as simple depression, and you also mention bulimia - again a reason to consider longer-term treatment.
Now, Prozac ( Fluoxetine ) might not happen to be the best medication for your particular condition, and another of the alternatives might relieve your symptoms as well or better, without the side-effect of the tiredness you found troublesome. Similarly, the weight-gain is toublesome for SOME people on different ADs, but not necessarily on all of them for everyone - again, a different med might suit you better.
The best response would be to seek a full re-assessment from a specialist psychiatrist, to take all of this into account, and try other ADs with you to see what may suit you better ( such results are not entirely predictable ahead of time )
Joint pain isn't like to be caused by coming off the prozac as such, though if the depression has returned, depression tends to amplify any pain from whatver cause.
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