Posted by: happyman | November 16, 2009

Prozac (Fluoxetin)

Prozac (Fluoxetin)

Brand names: Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Rapiflux, Sarafem.

Prozac is the knownest antidepressant in the world. It is used to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and panic disorder.

Prozac affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

This medication takes by mouth. Carefully read the directions on the prescription label and follow them. Use a special spoon or container to take your medicine.

Before taking Prozac

Before taking Prozac make sure that you aren’t using any of these drugs: phenelzine (Nardil), thioridazine (Mellaril), or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), pimozide (Orap), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate).

When you first start taking an antidepressant, you may have thoughts about suicide. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment with Prozac.

Before taking Prozac tell your doctor if you have: cirrhosis of the liver; kidney disease; diabetes; seizures or epilepsy; bipolar disorder (manic depression); or a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts.

Do not give Prozac to anyone younger than 18 years old without a doctor’s advice.

Overdose

Overdose may cause nausea, vomiting, fever, sleepiness, rapid or uneven heartbeat, confusion, fainting, seizures, or coma.

Alcohol

While taking Prozac you will need to avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Prozac.

Prozac side effects

Call your doctor at once if you experience any of these serious side effects from using Prozac:

  • severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
  • very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, overactive reflexes;
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, feeling unsteady, loss of coordination; or
  • headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, confusion, hallucinations, fainting, seizure, shallow breathing or breathing that stops.

Less serious Prozac side effects may include:

  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat;
  • drowsiness, dizziness, feeling nervous;
  • mild nausea, upset stomach, constipation;
  • increased appetite, weight changes;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; or
  • dry mouth.
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