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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fluoxetine (Overview)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better tolerated than previous antidepressants.


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What is Prozac (fluoxetine)?

What is Prozac (fluoxetine)?

SSRI antidepresant : Its been around a while now, but pretty revolutionary when it first came out. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor most commonly used to treat depression. The ssris were a big step forward due to far less side effects than the tricyclic antidepressants that were the main treatment for depression prior to that. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,034 doctors shared insights

Fluoxetine (Overview)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better tolerated than previous antidepressants.


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Please describe the medication: fluoxetine?

Please describe the medication: fluoxetine?

Milestone Medication: Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better tolerated than previous antidepressants. ...Read more

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My doctor took me off clozapine cold turkey. He said he won't prescribe that if the fluoxetine works well. What am i to expect regarding withdrawal?

My doctor took me off clozapine cold turkey. He said he won't prescribe that if the fluoxetine works well. What am i to expect regarding withdrawal?

Variable: The answer depends on how much you were taking and how long you were taking it. Typically, a temporary episode of mild agitation and possibly insomnia will occur but dissipate within 2-4 weeks. You may experience nothing. However, it is best not to take if not absolutely necessary. Don't believe your doctor would have stopped it if he/she thought it would seriously harm you. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous if i was prescribed 40mg of fluoxetine (prozac) , but i've been taking 60mg?

Is it dangerous if i was prescribed 40mg of fluoxetine (prozac) , but i've been taking 60mg?

Probably not: This is probably not dangerous. However, I do not know the basics of your condition. One should never adjust their medications without consulting their doctor. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use fluoxetine (prozac) while on the Depo-Provera shot?

Is it okay to use fluoxetine (prozac) while on the Depo-Provera shot?

Yes: Depo-provera is a great contraceptive for short term (2 years or so), but it can cause some side-effects. It may cause a depression or worsen a pre-existing depression. Prozac (fluoxetine) (or any ssri) is safe to use with depo-provera. ...Read more

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Can the antidepressant fluoxetine used in the treatment of menopause?

Can the antidepressant fluoxetine used in the treatment of menopause?

Yes: Its used for pms with a medical indication and therefore might also be helpful with some of the mood symptoms of menopause. ...Read more

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How effective is fluoxetine in comparison to sertraline & escitalopram?

How effective is fluoxetine in comparison to sertraline & escitalopram?

For what condition?: It's important to know what condition is being treated -- so a good evaluation always comes first. Then helpful medicines can be selected if they're needed. Fluoxetine, sertraline, and escitalopram are all excellent ssri antidepressants with good anti-anxiety effects -- but there are some differences. An individual person may respond to one but not the others. Your psychiatrist can help select. ...Read more

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How does fluoxetine work to change the way I feel?

How does fluoxetine work to change the way I feel?

SSRI: Fluoxetine is one of a category of medications that iselectively increase serotonin levels in the brain by iinhibiting reuptake. Normally when serotonin is released between 2 nerve cells it is taken back into the cell that released it to control the effect. Ssri's prevent this to increase the effect of serotonin. Decreased serotonin in certain areas of the brain plays a role in depression. ...Read more

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How long does it take for fluoxetine to kick in after stoppinc it?

Depends: If the length of time you have not taken fluoxetine has been greater than 2 weeks, then restarting fluoxetine will require 2-4 weeks of taking it regularly for you feel its benefits once again. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

Prozac is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more