My Prozac Dilemma
Prozac has become quite the conversation piece in my household. After a battle, which seemed to last for years, I stumbled upon a drug to help with my MS Fatigue. I was thrilled beyond words to feel my fatigue responding to this oldie-but-goodie synthetic drug. (You can read more about my Prozac experience by clicking this link.)
Like most people with MS, however, I find myself constantly searching out the specifics of a prescription drug in order to discover some sort of natural remedy that will produce similar effects.
My latest search involves Prozac.
- What are the active ingredients in Prozac?
- How does this improve fatigue associated with MS?
- Can I copy the results through some natural means?
Fluoxetine, an antidepressant agent belonging to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). According to the amines hypothesis, a functional decrease in the activity of amines, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, would result in depression; a functional increase of the activity of these amines would result in mood elevation. Fluoxetine’s effects are thought to be associated with the inhibition of 5HT receptor, which leads to an increase of serotonin level.
Prozac should not be used in combination with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Do not take this medicine with St. John’s Wort because of the additive effects of sertonin.
Using my limited ability to understand the above medical jargon, it would appear that my serotonin level is low, so finding the natural equivalent would be the logical next step.
It also appears that St. John’s Wort bears looking into as a possible replacement. So my search now begins with learning all I can about St Johns Wort.