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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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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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Is Prozac (fluoxetine) a good medication for depression?

Is Prozac (fluoxetine) a good medication for depression?

Excellent: Inexpensive also but like anything else, it's all about you and what works for you. Talk to your doctor. Sometimes we try several until we find what works best for you. ...Read more

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I am currently on Prozac (fluoxetine) and the medication gave me muscle weakness and I fell. Is there a way I can regain my strength?

I am currently on Prozac (fluoxetine) and the medication gave me muscle weakness and I fell. Is there a way I can regain my strength?

Call your doctor!: It would be very, very, very uncommon for Prozac alone to directly adversely affect muscle strength! There are however drug drug interactions and electrolyte changes that can occur with medications like fluoxetine. You should make your physician aware of this episode without delay. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed w/ social anxiety disorder. I get anxiety and blushing. My doctor put me in prozac (fluoxetine). Is Prozac (fluoxetine) a good medication for my symptoms?

I have been diagnosed w/ social anxiety disorder. I get anxiety and blushing. My doctor put me in prozac (fluoxetine). Is Prozac (fluoxetine) a good medication for my symptoms?

Common choice: Your doctor made a choice that is very common. However, psychological therapy or counseling is also a 1st choice without side effects and with skill acquisition for living more comfortably in general. They can work together if necessary, but i'd try therapy first and add drugs if needed. Just my bias. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take fluoxetine with Parkinson's medications such as sinemet and requip (ropinirole)?

Is it safe to take fluoxetine with Parkinson's medications such as sinemet and requip (ropinirole)?

Mild interaction: There is no severe interaction although if the fluoxetine were to be sedating to you then you may feel somewhat sedated. Additionally, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors that include fluoxetine have been known to produce mild extrapyramidal effects through obscure mechanisms. This would translate into a potential for mild motoric phenomena that would be only a nuisance. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Can my gp change my medication from fluoxetine and zopiclone to a antipsychotic that I was on a few years ago?

Can my gp change my medication from fluoxetine and zopiclone to a antipsychotic that I was on a few years ago?

Talk to psychiatrist: Best is to see psychiatrist why you want to be on antipsychotics what symptoms you have. ...Read more

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Does the medication celexa cause weight gain? I was on it for three years and now I'm prozac (fluoxetine). Could these two medications cause weight gain?

Does the medication celexa cause weight gain? I was on it for three years and now I'm prozac (fluoxetine). Could these two medications cause weight gain?

Yes: Although Celexa is labeled as weight neutral and Prozac (fluoxetine) is weight negative. I have actually seen weight gain as well sometimes with these meds. A lot depends on the patient their own personal reaction to medicines. Check with your doctor to see if another medicine would be better and less likely to cause weight gain for you. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be put under to have wisdom teeth removed while on 40mg of prozac (fluoxetine)? What about pain medication?

Is it safe to be put under to have wisdom teeth removed while on 40mg of prozac (fluoxetine)? What about pain medication?

IV sedation: With the profound local anesthesia and IV sedation you will have no recall of the events of the dental treatment or experience any pain. In your case IV sedation is recommended. Best of luck and do not stop your Prozac (fluoxetine) and amitriptyline. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed fluoxetine 20mg tablets. Can I take strepsils whist I'm on this medication?

I have been prescribed fluoxetine 20mg tablets. Can I take strepsils whist I'm on this medication?

Strepsils and Prozac (fluoxetine): I don't believe that temporary relief use of strepsils can be contraindicated for a necessary treatment with Fluoxetine. ...Read more

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After I have started fluoxetine, I've been having these periodic thoughts that I am a God of some sort. Could this be caused by the medication?

Possibly: One of the potential side effects of Fluoxetine, as with other antidepressants, is to exacerbate delusional thinking in susceptible patients. However, other factors may come into play, such as interactions with other medications, other medical conditions being treated, recreational drug use, and even family psychiatric history. Recommend discussing with doctor ASAP for further evaluation. Best. ...Read more

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Can I take Prozac (fluoxetine) at night? Just starting the medication. Worried it will keep me up at night. I take levothyroxine in the mornings.

Can I take Prozac (fluoxetine) at night? Just starting the medication. Worried it will keep me up at night. I take levothyroxine in the mornings.

Not a worry: Hi. Prozac at night is usually fine but insomnia has been described, but insomnia is so common, we can't guarantee a relationship. If you want, go ahead and take the fluoxetine in the morning WITH the l-thyroxine. There is a myth about taking l-thyroxine on an empty stomach that drives me crazy. Take it (consistently) however you want to...your doc will adjust the l-thyroxine dose to accommodate. ...Read more

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What medication works best for borderline personality disorder? Does Prozac (fluoxetine) help a lot?

What medication works best for borderline personality disorder? Does Prozac (fluoxetine) help a lot?

Psychotherapy/Drugs: The best treatment for borderline personality disoerder without any coexiasting conditions is psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation training. Drugs may be be used for co existing conditions and symptoms associated with bpd.Paxil (paroxetine) may be used for co existing depression.Haloperidol may reduce anger, Aripiprazole may reduce interpersonal problems, impulcivity;psychotic paranoid symptoms etc. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative medication to Lilly-Fluoxetine that does not require a Doctors Prescription?

Is there an alternative medication to Lilly-Fluoxetine that does not require a Doctors Prescription?

No: Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem) is a medication for treating a variety of psychiatric symptoms. There are no over-the-counter medications to take its place. Psychiatric symptoms need in-person care with a doctor, before such medications are prescribed. ...Read more

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What to do if I am taking Prozac (fluoxetine) for anxiety a d chronic pain, what do you kno about this medication?

What to do if I am taking Prozac (fluoxetine) for anxiety a d chronic pain, what do you kno about this medication?

Fluoxetine...: ...is an SSRI medication that is approved for major depression and some forms of anxiety. Like any medication it is effective for some patients and not for others. I am not aware that it is approved for chronic pain. ...Read more

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, I'm a 64 year old woman on several medications including blood pressure insulinmorphine prozac (fluoxetine).Lost insurance am I going to die without my meds?

, I'm a 64 year old woman on several medications including blood pressure insulinmorphine prozac (fluoxetine).Lost insurance am I going to die without my meds?

There r options: These meds all sound necessary, but most if not all are available at walmart, where you can get 90 days' worth for $9...You can have withdrawal if u suddenly stop morphine if u have taken a high dose for a long time...Sugars and blood pressure may be out of control off Insulin or BP meds, but depends how severe each condition. See pcp to switch to generics or cheaper options. ...Read more

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Is there a non-medication that will make my Prozac (fluoxetine) stronger or make anxiety/depression lower?

Is there a non-medication that will make my Prozac (fluoxetine) stronger or make anxiety/depression lower?

Please don't mix: Natural meds/supplements w/prescription drugs. It changes the dose and makes it unclear as to what is working. Talk w/your doc. He/she may have some suggestions. Exercise and healthy diet is a better choice. ...Read more

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Is Prozac (fluoxetine) safe to take with Parkinson's medication such sinemet?

Is Prozac (fluoxetine) safe to take with Parkinson's medication such sinemet?

Usually, yes: Generally you can take Prozac (fluoxetine) with sinemet. You need ongoing follow-up though, since either can cause changes in behavior and mental status. ...Read more

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I've been on 10mg Prozac (fluoxetine) for 3 months for anxiety and depression. I feel better now. Will I get a withdrawal if I suddenly stop taking the medications?

Yes: Yes, it can be dangerous to stop ssri (prozac (fluoxetine) etc) suddenly. Best to taper off under your doctor's guidance. It will not take long. Hope you keep feeling well. ...Read more

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What medication can you take with fluoxetine to help erectile dysfunction?

What medication can you take with fluoxetine to help erectile dysfunction?

Consider stop Fluox: Consider switching to buproprion which is a good antidepressant but has fewer side effects. In general, antidepressants don't cause erectile dysfunction but often diminish a man's libido and inhibit ejaculation/orgasm. Also, get screened for low testostoreone which can cause depression. ...Read more

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What medication can you take with fluoxetine to help with erectile dysfunction?

What medication can you take with fluoxetine to help with erectile dysfunction?

Many options!: All oral pde-5 inhibitors, like cialis, levitra, (vardenafil) staxyn, stendra & viagra, work w/fluoxetine & other anti-depressants. However, you can't take these pde-5 inhibitors w/nitrates like nitroglycerin. You can also try alprostadil, either intrauretrhal (muse) or intracavernosal (caverject & edex) as a non-oral, non-pde-5 inhibitor, just in case you take nitrates or the orals don't work. ...Read more

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What medication can you take with fluoxetine to conuteract erectile dysfunction?

What medication can you take with fluoxetine to conuteract erectile dysfunction?

Viagra-type meds: The only medications that seem to work consistently for ssri-induced sexual dysfunction are the pde-5 inhibitors (viagra, cialis, levitra). Other medication (e.g. Wellbutrin, (bupropion) ritalin, adderall, others) have been studied, but none has been shown to be consistently effective. ...Read more

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What medication can you take while on fluoxetine to help with erectile dysfunction?

What medication can you take while on fluoxetine to help with erectile dysfunction?

Depends: Any erectile dysfunction medication can be used. It depends on any other medications you may be on, so check with your physician. ...Read more

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What anti nausea medication is safe to take with fluoxetine? Either on prescription or over the counter

What anti nausea medication is safe to take with fluoxetine? Either on prescription or over the counter

OK to take: In general, over the counter antinausea meds Such as meclizine can be taken with prozac (fluoxetine) ...Read more

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I had asthma as a child, not so much as an adult, and I take clonazepam, fluoxetine and risperidone. What OTC pain medications can I take?

Acetaminophen: OTC is fine, doesn't interact with the medicines you are on, however be cautious with multiple medications. You already are on risperidone which interacts with fluoxetine and clonazepam, watch out for that, keep your follow up, ask your doctor about adjusting dosages or finding alternatives as per his/her clinical judgement, best wishes ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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