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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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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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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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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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Does fluoxetine increases weight?

Does fluoxetine increases weight?

Weight Neutral: Any of the antidepressants can cause weight gain. When Prozac (fluoxetine) was first available, it was said to be weight neutral. If this is of concern and you are taking Prozac (fluoxetine) or thinking of taking Prozac (fluoxetine) discuss this with your doctor and see what options are available. ...Read more

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How does Prozac (fluoxetine) work?

How does Prozac (fluoxetine) work?

Prozac (fluoxetine): It inhibits reuptake of serotonin, hence increases available serotonin which relieves symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I stop Prozac (fluoxetine) ?

Prozac (fluoxetine): If you mean "How do I wean myself off Prozac (fluoxetine)?" the general rule is to work with your prescribing physician to help you taper off gradually. DO NOT IMMEDIATELY STOP TAKING IT. ...Read more

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Is fluoxetine good for reducing sex?

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 does fluoxetine do to your body?

What does fluoxetine do to your body?

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

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Can i take 20mg of fluoxetine at night?

Can i take 20mg of fluoxetine at night?

Fluoxetine Timing: Fluoxetine can be taken either in the morning or at bedtime whichever is more comfortable for you. However, you need to be consistent. ...Read more

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What happens if I take 100mg fluoxetine?

How much are: you prescribed to take? Increasing dose doesn't necessarily mean that you will get more benefit when reaching those doses. When dose is high - chances for serotinergic syndrome can increase. Please take only as prescribed by your provider. Take care. ...Read more

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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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Can you take 200 mg of prozac (fluoxetine)?

Can you take 200 mg of prozac (fluoxetine)?

Prozac (fluoxetine): 20 mg., yes, not 200mg. This is the average recommended daily dose. ...Read more

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How long Prozac (fluoxetine) could be taken?

Depression: Each patient is different. Many people are on that medication for several years. When a patient starts on this medication patient should stay on it for 6 to 9 months after that they try to wean the patient off the medication gradually. See you doctor. ...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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Can u take fluoxetine and deromine together?

Can u take fluoxetine and deromine together?

Duromine?: Duromine (phentermine) and ssris such as Prozac (fluoxetine) are not indicated to be taken together, unless there is an over-riding medical reason. Please discuss this with your presribing physician(s). ...Read more

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What occurs if i took 10 fluoxetine capsules?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Wondering what dose was each capsule?. What would drive u to do so?. Is there history of similar incidents?. Was Prozac (fluoxetine) not working 4u?. Bottom line is u need to let your doctor know & have your stomach pumped. ...Read more

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Will Prozac (fluoxetine) make you gain weight?

Will Prozac (fluoxetine) make you gain weight?

Not necessarily.: Some people gain weight on prozac (fluoxetine). Some people lose weight on prozac (fluoxetine). There is no significant change in weight for many people who use prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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What conditions can Prozac (fluoxetine) treat?

What conditions can Prozac (fluoxetine) treat?

Prozac (fluoxetine): It inhibits reuptake of serotonin, hence increases available serotonin which relieves symptoms of depression, OCD, Anxiety, PMS, etc. ...Read more

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Habits (Definition)

A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired ...Read more


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Prozac (Definition)

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