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Hello,

I wanted some help regarding my brother.

My brother went to a psychiatrist and he prescribed him fluoxetine and xanax. He said that my brother should take one 20mg tablet of fluoxetine for the morning and 0.5 tablet for xanax for morning and night for 14 days . He said to take the 0.5 mg xanax tablet half in morning and the other half at night

So, my brother took the fluoxetine and xanax for 14 days and then again went to the psychiatrist. My brother has not felt any improvement for his ocd or depression from the tablets. The doctor has now prescribed him three 2.0mg tablets of fluoxetine and the same 0.5mg of xanax (half tablet in morning and half at night)

He has said to take two fluoxetine tablets together for the first 10 days and then start taking 3 fluoxetine tablets together. I have noticed that in the prescription of the fluoxetine tablets it says that fluoxetine should be spread out and be taken one in the morning and one in the night. But the doctor said that he should take them all together at the same time.

So, today we gived him two fluoxetine tablets together. But me and my parents are really getting confused as to whether we should listen the doctor or should we follow the instructions written in the prescription of the medication.

So as I told you that we have given him the two fluoxetine tablets together today. Should we continue on giving him fluoxetine tablets together or should we spread out the tablets and give him one in the morning and one in the night?

Is it safe to give two or three 2.0 mg tablets of fluoxetine together?Is it dangerous?

I know this is a long post but I really want to help my brother. Could you please guide me.

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Hi Gillard,

I m not a medical,doctor, therefore I cannot give you advice as to any medication given to you brother.  
But I do believe that OCD and/or anxiety can be treated without recourse to drugs.

Please read: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Nutrition
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-and-nutrition/  

and

Beating Anxiety and Phobias
         http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/beating-anxiety-and-phobias/#Insulinresistan  

Please discuss this with your doctor or ask for a referral to a nutritional doctor or a clinical  nutritionist.

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I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at: http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

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Nutritional Psychotherapist

Organizations
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia

Publications
Book: GETTING OFF THE HOOK
My articles can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1M3x0ciu21Q8-KJO3tcIuxE-Mn97OIxCKzuhHDY8umrU#id.m9k24s-yjf9sc

Education/Credentials
BA (Psych) Sydney University, Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

Past/Present Clients
See My Career as a Nutritional Psychotherapist at: http://psychonutrionaltherapy.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-career-as-nutritional-psychologist.html

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