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Is Fluoxetine Habit Forming
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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