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Prozac (fluoxetine)

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Prozac®

Generic Name: Fluoxetine floo-OX-e-teen

Drug Class: Antidepressant, SSRI

 

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Description
Prozac is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Prozac is used to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa (an eating disorder) obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other conditions as well.

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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
This medicine should be taken about the same time every day, morning or evening and can be taken with or without food. This medicine may take up to 4 weeks to reach full effect, but you may see symptoms of depression improving in as little as 1-2 weeks.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • dry mouth
    • tremor or muscle spasms
    • nervousness
    • trouble sleeping
    • headache, drowsiness
    • nausea
    • drowsiness
    • insomnia
    • headache
    • increased sweating
    • dizziness, lightheadedness
    • changes in sexual function
    • Unreported side effects are possible, talk to your healthcare provider if any other symptoms occur.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • This medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness.
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Smoking cigarettes can decrease the effectiveness of this medicine.
    • If you are planning to have surgery, let your doctor know.
    • Do NOT take this medicine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor [phenelzine (Nardil) or tranylcypromine (Parnate)] in the last two weeks.
    • This medicine can increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in some children and teens. Parents of children taking antidepressants should watch for signs of worsening depression or unusual changes in behavior.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • If you are taking a tricyclic antidepressant, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
    • St. John’s Wort should be avoided while taking this medicine due to the additive effects of serotonin.
    • Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
      • blood thinners (Coumadin)
      • other antidepressants
      • metoprolol
      • antihistamines
      • carbamazepine (Tegretol)
      • cimetidine (Tagamet)
      • estrogens
      • fluoxetine (Prozac)
      • intraconazole (Sporanox)
      • ketoconazole (Nizoral)
      • levodopa
      • lithium
      • muscle relaxants
      • birth control pills
      • sleeping pills
      • thyroid medications
    • Do not take this medicine with thioridizine, or within 5 weeks of taking this medicine.
    • Caution should be exercised when taking this medicine certain antibiotics, such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, or azithromycin.
    • If you are taking medications for migraines such as Imitrex, talk to your doctor before starting this medicine.
    • This medicine should not be taken with MAO inhibitors. If you think you are taking an MAO inhibitor talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss the benefits versus the risks of using this medicine while pregnant. Because this medicine is excreted in the breast milk, nursing mothers should not breastfeed while taking this medicine.
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More Information

Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression and other mental/mood disorders. These medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people (especially children/teenages) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with a doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication, even if the treatment is not for a mental condition. Tell your doctor immediatley if you notice worsening depression, unusual behavior changes, (including possible suicidal thoughts/attempts), or other mental/mood changes. Be especially watchful for these symptoms when a new antidepressant is started or when the dose is changed.
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Elbarto150
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Registered: November 2007
Mon November 12, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: a little less depressed
CONS: extreme physical agitation, felt like i was going insane

I have been on Lexapro, Zoloft and Prozac for depression and anxiety and this was by far the worst out of the three. Not only did it barely help my depression symptoms, but it made my anxiety far worse and basically made me feel like I was sick all the time. Strange zaps and overall malaise really suck with this.

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anna342
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Registered: March 2007
Posts: 574
Mon November 5, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS:
CONS: Shaking, twitching, extreme anxiety

I was gradually increased from 20mg up to 60mg. I reacted badly as soon as I was even put on 20mg, I shook a lot, couldnt keep still, and eventually I ended up barely able to go out of the house. It caused terrible anxiety, and I would even go as far as to say it contributed towards my suicidal thoughts.

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102riley
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Southeast Alabama
Posts: 3
Wed October 10, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $7.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: none
CONS: made me crazy

Literally made me crazy. Had a plan to kill myself and everything. Had major increase in anxiety and some weird hallucination/dream that freaked me out!

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xp1155
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Registered: August 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 150
Sun August 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: can help a major episode
CONS: body gets addicted to it (hard to come off of), sleepiness, dry mouth, upset stomach, shaking

The first time I took this drug, it helped with a major depressive episode. However, it was very hard to come off of because my body was addicted to it. The second time I took it (without a major depressive episode), it did not help and the side effects were worse. It was also very hard for me to come off of again. This is the only SSRI drug (I've taken them all) that my body got addicted to, so it is quite powerful. I think it's a good choice for people who get a lot of major depressive episodes, but not for dysthymia.

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sugarcoop
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Registered: June 2007
Location: california
Thu June 21, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: relieved depression but still feel all range of emotions
CONS: none

There have been no side effects for me, no sexual side effects or weight loss/gain or sleep problems, it makes me feel what I think "normal" must feel like. My only concern is getting off of it, can I? what will happen? am I dependent on it now?

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puma42
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Registered: June 2007
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 1
Thu June 7, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: I find it great,it has almost totally wiped out my anxiety
CONS: Nothing major,I got dizzie and more axious for the first month,that all passed and now 2 years down the track,I'm pretty happy and have almost no panic attacks.

Med's take some getting use to that's true,however you have to look at the big picture.I was soo stubborn for so many years,and hated the thought of being on something all the time.When I look at my overall mental stability now tho[and yes some of that's just growing up[altho I am 42 lol]I wish I'd done this years ago. We all react to stuff differently,I just hope this might give someone out there some hope...feel free to post me to talk about it.

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GirlUk
Newly Joined

Registered: March 2007
Location: england, UK
Wed March 21, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: helped weight loss
CONS: just about eveything

really bad for me. by the time i was taken off it my depression was worse and i had new suicidal thoughts

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caramelcreme
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Registered: March 2007
Posts: 27
Sat March 10, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: less emotional, reduces PMS, calmer
CONS: loss of libido

I've been on a lot of meds. So far this is the best. Not great but much better than the others. Less side effects. I don't feel happy on it but not sad either.

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Anonymous
Thu December 28, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: NONE
CONS: made me manic

I know this drug is wonderful for a lot of people, however when I was on it I went into a huge manic episode (while at college this was kinda nice... no sleep got all my work done durning the PM hours and then started driving my roomates nuts... I think one of them finally called the health center and i was sadly taken off Prozac and then put on Paxil...which made me suicidal.. have finally found Cymbalta... wonderful drug!)

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Umbrella
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Registered: December 2006
Sun December 24, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: depression lifted, anxiety still there
CONS: very hyped up, fidgety, hyperactive, always needing to be in motion, CONSTANT leg tapping

I just got off the med, thank god. I don't like the idea of having something psychoactive in your body and "blaming" your depression on chemical imbalance and getting on a DRUG to "fix" it...I really wish that I never got on the Prozac in the first place, and I can't wait to experience life without feeling hyped up and being unable to sit still. I regret getting on the medication, yet it was a learning experience. My problems do not magically go away with a drug. My problems only resurface when I decrease the Prozac and become worse. I definitely prefer a more natural way of "fixing" things.

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SwasiGirl88
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Registered: December 2006
Wed December 6, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Nose bleeds, Migraines, More anxiety and depression.

Does not work, just not it. Medication is just not a friend. It is not good for anyone. Especially Prozac, just not good.

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prodigiousgamer
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Registered: October 2006
Location: tampa, fl
Posts: 45
Sun October 22, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: none
CONS: moderate side effects

i did not like this medication. after 5 weeks of therapy on prozac i still had not experienced any alleviation of the symptoms of depression. the side effects were moderate and including drowsiness, memory problems, and vertigo. i did not like this medication and honestly i would not recomment it to anybody.

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Meta
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Registered: July 2006
Posts: 277
Sat October 14, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: lifted my depression
CONS: stopped working after a time

I recommend it with reservations--I wasn't prepared for when it stopped working. It was great while it worked.

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Beee
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Registered: October 2006
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Wed October 11, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.32| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: less depressed
CONS:

It helps me

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darkeyes
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Registered: May 2001
Location: US
Posts: 6683
Fri September 15, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: helped reduce some depression and the fatigue from depression
CONS: The beneficial effects pooped out,and I had to go to another AD.

I'm sure this well known med,that has been in the media over the years,has helped many,but for me,again,I feel it is over rated. But then, I had later been DXed with mild bipolar,so perhaps I was not recieving the proper med for the disorder for quite some time,so I wouldn't judge the efficacy based on my experience.

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eskielover
just me wantng to be free

Registered: October 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 10591
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS:
CONS: increased anxiety & depression level, dizziness & nausea/lack of appetite & suicidal feelings

I reviewed this also under the name fluoxetine (another name for prozac). The increased level of anxiety & depression along with suicidal feelings were part of my reaction. The nausea & increased weight loss were also part of the experience I had with prozac.

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Tue September 12, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS:
CONS:

my review for this drug can be found in Fluoxetine which is the other name this drug is known by.

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Anonymous
Sun July 2, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Feel absolutely horrible on this medication

Experience allergic reaction to medication that made my depression worse.

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jennie
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Registered: December 2002
Location: DC metro area
Posts: 1366
Thu June 22, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: none
CONS: migraines

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