A 34-year-old female asked:
i've read conflicting information. does the fluorine in prozac (fluoxetine) break down into fluoride at all and if it does, how and what happens? thank you.
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Psychiatry 42 years experience
Prozac (fluoxetine) & Fluorine: Prozac (fluoxetine) does contain a fluorine moiety on its molecule. But the organic carbon-fluorine bond is very strong -- meaning it's very unlikely to break down into Fluoride atoms. Most historical cases of Fluoride toxicity have happened with insecticides & rodenticides that contain inorganic fluoride. It's not a good idea to swallow toothpaste either, because of inorganic fluoride.
Specializes in Psychiatry
No: Prozac's generic name is fluoxetine which sounds a little like flourine. To my knowledge, Prozac does not contain flourine.
Last updated Dec 28, 2016
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