Hi, I took fluoxetine a few years ago, I didn't have many side effects at all, just feeling a bit nauseous to start with. Everyone is different though. Good luck, and well done for talking to your doctor
Although I haven't taken fluoxetine SSRIs (of which this is one) affect the mood in the same way. I would say from talking to people it can either gradually improve mood. or for some it can be noticed straight and the person knows the drug is working.
Reaction time can be anything from 2 weeks to 4. .For me it was about 3 and a half weeks. It depends on how long it takes the body to metabolise the drug.
This is my experience. Perhaps others will post with their experience. and it will be different.
Looking for a little bit of advice here, I've read that in the first week or 2 while the body gets used to the medication having depressive episodes are common, now I'm already a bit all over the place but to add to that my grandmother who I am her full time carer suddenly died on Saturday nite, now to add this to the many external issues I'm trying to cope with would it be wise continuing with the medication and going further into depression is something I don't believe I could get through.