We have had good luck with it and have not noticed much by way of side affects. If the doctor is ok with it and suggests it I would give it a shot. It does take a few weeks to get into the system and work so you have to give it time.
there is actually research on low dose of prozac being effective in helping anxiety and the related behaviors in ASD populations. It is a relatively 'safe' drug, and can be withdrawn without major adverse events if it doesn't help/worsens. I have relatives that take it, I have taken it in the past, and most recently our dog was on it and it has helped those I have known. I have asked about it for my son when he was having major anxiety issues, but his development per refused to try stating "things work differently on autistic brains" (this is the same dr that insisted on trying all the off-label blood pressure meds for adhd behaviors instead of researched adhd meds....needless to say we don;t use him anymore).... Medication is always a tough decision, and pros and cons must be weighed...and a good plan with doctor about when/how you can stop it (what does "worse" mean in concrete terms) and what to look for to know it is working (again concrete terms), go over side effects with dr and then read the pamphlet that comes with it...one caution about the class of drugs prozac is in is it does have a lot of warnings not to use with other medications....
My daughter became manic on Prozac so we needed to try something else. Also it worsened her tics. The GP wasn't able to suggest an alternative(not his area of expertise) so we had to wait for Psych input and Vyvanse was suggested(suspected ADHD inattentive type). So frustrating when I thought she showed signs of ADHD since age 3 1/2. No other professionals agreed at the time.
Olivia used to go to a Developmental Pediatrician and she prescribed a medication that causes depression, obesity and diabetes to decrease aggressive behaviors. I called a holistic doctor and she fixed the problem over the phone!!!! Since then, I have been taking my daughter to a holistic doctor (who accepts medicaid, you cant beat that) I think you should try it, I do not take my daughter to a mainstream doctor for nothing!!!!!
I have never tried on my kids, but i myself had taken fluoxetin (i think its very similar to prozac) for PD and panic attacks and OCB. It change my life, it really helped me a lot. But i was an adult. After 6 months they began weaning me little by little the dosis. It was such a relief to be able to relax and not succumb to my obssesive thoughts (in my case germs)
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