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What is the definition or description of: fluoxetine level?

What is the definition or description of: fluoxetine level?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Fluoxetine is the generic name of prozac. The term fluoxetine level typically refers to the measurable level of the medication or its deriviatives in your blood, but sometimes refers to the level in your spinal fluid. There is no clinical utility for checking a fluoxetine level and it is only done in research settings. ...Read more

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Fluoxetine (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) raise klonopin levels?

Does Prozac (fluoxetine) raise klonopin levels?

Unlikely: Good question. No blood level effects between Prozac (fluoxetine) and Klonopin that I could find. ...Read more

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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) raise the level of klonopin?

Does Prozac (fluoxetine) raise the level of klonopin?

Prozac (fluoxetine) and Klonopin: They are different classes of medications, but for each individual, some differences could occur when taken together. If Prozac (fluoxetine) calms anxiety (which is probably the goal)then it may feel like the Klonopin hit you harder. I always recommend keeping a log when you make any changes in med or dose. It is too easy to confuse the variables (example-if you were sleep deprived night before).But talk w yr do ...Read more

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Started Prozac (fluoxetine) back up at 20mg a day, along with my 15mg Valium a day. Just read Prozac (fluoxetine) can increase Valium levels. Am I in danger?

Started Prozac (fluoxetine) back up at 20mg a day, along with my 15mg Valium a day. Just read Prozac (fluoxetine) can increase Valium levels. Am I in danger?

Shouldn't be: You're taking a fairly low dose of both Prozac and Valium. .. But, yes, because of the way Prozac is metabolized, it will effect the concentration of Valium. That said, if you're having acute anxiety and depression - perhaps have a discussion with your doctor about another medication which might be more appropriate for you (such as Cymbalta (duloxetine) or Pristiq). Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I know starting Prozac (fluoxetine) can raise anxiety levels initially. My question is, how long does the increase of anxiety when starting Prozac (fluoxetine) last?

I know starting Prozac (fluoxetine) can raise anxiety levels initially. My question is, how long does the increase of anxiety when starting Prozac (fluoxetine) last?

It varies.: Prozac (fluoxetine) actually is used for treating Anxiety also.
If you are feeling more Anxious, and is interfering with your daily routine, you should talk to your doctor.
I usually recommend about a week to get adjusted to a new medicine.
I believe you must be taking it for Depression. Try Meditation and Relaxation Technique to help with Anxiety ...Read more

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I stopped taking Prozac (fluoxetine) two weeks ago and have been eating five to eight thousand calories a day due to the change in saratonin levels. Will it stop?

I stopped taking Prozac (fluoxetine) two weeks ago and have been eating five to eight thousand calories a day due to the change in saratonin levels. Will it stop?

Comments: This entire class of drugs can profoundly affect appetite and cause weight gain. This may not stop so easily, and you may well need to consult a physician to assist you. This is just one additional reason why NONE of my pts are ever given Prosac!! ...Read more

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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) not just cover up the reality of life? How can one have an emotional relationship on prozac (fluoxetine)? The depth is gone, she is just level, non feeli

Multifaceted issue: Interesting question, with mulitple perspectives. Prozac (fluoxetine) can help manage depressive and anxiety symptoms quite well. Maybe this seems to you, a little too well. I've seen people whose depressions were so severe they could not relate to others at all. For these, Prozac (fluoxetine) and others can open up whole worlds of possibility - allowing experiences of interpersonal connection, communication, and care. ...Read more

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Prozac (fluoxetine) seems to take the zest out of my wife. It just makes her very level. No highs no lows + it reduces her sexually, have sex for me not for her?

Prozac (fluoxetine) seems to take the zest out of my wife. It just makes her very level. No highs no lows + it reduces her sexually, have sex for me not for her?

SSRI side effects: All the antidepressants in the class called Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRI, can cause sexual side effects. Prozac (fluoxetine) can be one of the worst for this. I would discuss the options with the Doctor before making changes. One idea is to take a lower dose of Prozac (fluoxetine). Or, switching to a different SSRI (there are seven), or trying an antipressant which is not an SSRI like buproprion. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Prozac (fluoxetine) if I have ITP? Had my levels checked a month and a half ago, I've never needed treatment for it. Dr wants me to start Prozac (fluoxetine).

?: Prozac and other SSRIs have been associated with vasculitis and impaired platelet function. I see you are taking amitriptyline which can also affect platelet function. As far as I know Wellbutrin (bupropion) is the only antidepressant that has not been reported to affect platelets and other blood cells ...Read more

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I have a uric acid level of 8.6. I don't want to start allupurinol. Is there some herbal option. I'm 29 yrs old male. I'm also on Prozac (fluoxetine) for anxiety?

Unlikely to help: If you do not want medication, try not eat too much meat especially red meat, shell fish, avoid alcohol and drink plenty of water. Elevated uric acid is a bad metabolic disease not just painful gout, it will damage blood vessels including coronaries, best advice take medication. ...Read more

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Apart from raising serotonin levels in the brain what are the other effects of Prozac (fluoxetine)?

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Apart from raising serotonin levels in the brain what are the other effects of Prozac (fluoxetine)?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Other effects come from studies on rats using much higher doses of Prozac (fluoxetine) & show elevation of levels of norepinephrine & Dopamine in brain, as well as increase in density of endogenous opioid receptors in their brain. ...Read more

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I was taking fluoxetine from 15 to 20 years and after a blood test I have high tsh and bilirrubin levels?

I was taking fluoxetine from 15 to 20 years and after a blood test I have high tsh and bilirrubin levels?

TSH: TSH is the level of thyroid stimulating hormone, and if it is elevated means that you have hypothyroidism. Your physician should study other hormone levels and the gland itself by ultrasound or CT Scan to determine the cause. Bilirubin is a byproduct of hemoglobin produced by the liver. These two levels being affected may not have anything to do with your intake of fluoxetine. ...Read more

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I was taking fluoxetine from 15 to 20 years and after a blood test I have high tsh and bilirrubin levels. I want to know how this can affect my.

I was taking fluoxetine from 15 to 20 years and after a blood test I have high tsh and bilirrubin levels. I want to know how this can affect my.

Does HIGH mean BAD?: Please explain to me if you believe HIGH means BAD in your case or ABNORMAL? I don't see how those 2 numbers BY THEMSELVES can have a direct connection to your taking fluoxetine. If TSH is abnormally high many other tests should be affected. You have to be careful about overestimating isolated laboratory values. More questions please write to me: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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How does fluoxetine work?

How does fluoxetine work?

SSRI: Fluoxetine is the first of the "newer generation" of antidepressants developed around 1990, called selective (or specific) serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI). It works by increasing the amount of serotonin available at brain synapses. Fluoxetine and other SSRIs are powerful anti-depressant and anti-anxiety agents. ...Read more

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Is Prozac (fluoxetine) effective?

Is Prozac (fluoxetine) effective?

DEPENDS: For the right illness Prozac (fluoxetine) can be very effective. Indicated for depression, anxiety, panic, social anxiety, ocd, pmdd. ...Read more

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Is fluoxetine good for reducing sex?

Delays ejaculation: Fluoxetine will delay ejaculation which depending on the couple may be good or bad. It will also decrease libido somewhat. If a person has an unwanted sexual compulsion or obsession -- and these are common -- drugs like fluoxetine sometimes cause them to melt away while leaving normal loving intact. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on prozac (fluoxetine)?

What is your opinion on prozac (fluoxetine)?

Prozac (fluoxetine): I agree with drs. Ali and satinover that Prozac (fluoxetine) can be very useful when prescribed and re-assessed carefully. However, I believe it (and other antidepressants) can be over-prescribed too. I have seen non-psychiatrists (as well as psychiatrists) jump to prescription pads when a patient weeps or tells of grief following a death. Not every tear signifies depression requiring prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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What happen if I stop taking Prozac (fluoxetine) abruptly?

What happen if I stop taking Prozac (fluoxetine) abruptly?

Please work with: Your doctor. Abruptly stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) could lead to a serotonin discontinuation syndrome. ...Read more

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Is 1x 2000mg fishoil plus 1x40mg fluoxetine daily safe/unsafe?? Thanks!

For the most part: Yes. But there is a rare chance that taking the two medication can lead to an increased risk of bleeding, as fish oil can potentiate the very weak antiplatelet effects of fluoxetine. If you take are taking the two medications, just watch for signs of bleeding like easy bruising, bleeding gums while brushing your teeth, blood in your stool or urine. ...Read more

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Why is it not ok to suddenly withdrawing Prozac (fluoxetine)? I'm just wondering.

Prozac (fluoxetine) Withdrawal: Prozac (fluoxetine) is used to treat Major depressive disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder and Panic disorder.
It is not ok to suddenly withdrawing Prozac (fluoxetine) due to Withdrawal symptoms which can be:
? anxiety
? fatigue
? nightmares
? trouble sleeping
? depression and mood swings
? loss of coordination
? muscle spasms
? dizziness
See a Psychiatrist for Therapy and monitoring of symptoms and Prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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Why does fluoxetine cause diarrhoea?

Why does fluoxetine cause diarrhoea?

Luvox (fluvoxamine) effects: Serotonin, which like all of the nerve transmitters in the brain, lines the entire G.I. Track. During fetal development the bottom of the neural crest which becomes the brain heads south and remains connected to the brain both through nerves as well as through nerve transmitters that line the G.I. Track. When people take a medication like luvox, (fluvoxamine) which is an ssri, the excess serotonin stimulation within the G.I. Tract can trigger a diarrhea response. It does this by affecting and binding to serotoninreceptors in the G.I. Tract which can cause subsequent diarrhea. The gut is being increasingly referred to as the third brain and the whole effect of the gut and the bacteria that we have in our intestines is a huge area of research into human well-being and illness at the present time. ...Read more

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Which are the side effects from fluoxetine?

Wt gain, libido loss: There are additional potential adverse effects, but weight gain and adverse sexual effects are among the most common and most troubling. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of fluoxetine (fludac 10mg)?

What are the side effects of fluoxetine (fludac 10mg)?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Headaches, stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea are common. Also sexual side effects such as impotence later on. ...Read more

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Is it true that Prozac (fluoxetine) is made from bananas?

Is it true that Prozac (fluoxetine) is made from bananas?

Not that I know: As far as I know, Prozac (fluoxetine) is synthesized in pharmaceutical company labs from organic ingredients -- but none of them are bananas. Bananas do contain tryptophan, an Amino Acid precursor of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter Prozac (fluoxetine) is known to affect in the brain and body. Antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects may be more extensive than this, though. ...Read more

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Are 80mg prozac (fluoxetine) and 15mg mirtazpine a good combo?

Depends: Prozac (fluoxetine) and mirtazpine are actually very similar medications in terms of mechanism of action. Medication combinations will affect each patient a bit differently. They are definitely safe to use together under the guidance of physician. If they are helping you feel better then I would say they are a great combo! :) ...Read more

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Are there withdrawal effects from stopping prozac (fluoxetine)?

Are there withdrawal effects from stopping prozac (fluoxetine)?

Potentially: Ssris can have discontinuance sx--dizziness shocks in brain flu like sx--prozac has such a long half life you seldom hear pts complain. ...Read more

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Why am I twiching? Is this because of Prozac (fluoxetine) and Lorazepam?

Side effect: Prozac (fluoxetine) & lorazepam can both cause symptoms similar to twitching (especially if very high dose). Potential side effects can include tremor, restlessness, muscle twitching. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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