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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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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...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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Would there be any efficacy in taking 10 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for anxiety/depression I am extremely sensitive to all medications/antidepressants?

Would there be any efficacy in taking 10 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) for anxiety/depression I am extremely sensitive to all medications/antidepressants?

Low dose Prozac (fluoxetine) : If still symptomatic and if normally medication sensitive it's reasonable to start at a low dose with the goal of titrating slowly to a standard therapeutic treating dose to get optimal results. Some even use alternating dose days. For example 10-20-10-20. If unable to tolerate would consider alternative medication or an adjunct to the Prozac (fluoxetine) . ...Read more

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Will depression medication such as Prozac (fluoxetine) affect pregnancy tests? Also can they make periods lighter?

Will depression medication such as Prozac (fluoxetine) affect pregnancy tests? Also can they make periods lighter?

No I do not think so: Medicines like Prozac (fluoxetine) are not known to affect pregnancy testing or bleeding significantly. I found this article to help answer your question about bleeding- it appears there is no association. "Serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants and abnormal bleeding: a review for clinicians and a reconsideration of mechanisms." J Clin Psychiatry. 2010 Dec;71(12):1565-75. ...Read more

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Is it possible that Prozac (fluoxetine) side effects wont go away.I am on 20 mg and is it good for OCD and depression?

Is it possible that Prozac (fluoxetine) side effects wont go away.I am on 20 mg and is it good for OCD and depression?

Some side effects go: away with time- others do not (sexual side effects, for ex). There are things to minimize effects, like take on full stomach, at bedtime etc. Best to talk to prescriber if you're having side effects. Prozac is a good drug for OCD and depression ...Read more

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Is it right to say that there are currently three different effective drugs for depression: tricyclic, oxidace monoamine inhibitors, and prozac (fluoxetine)?

Antidepressants: There are multiple types of antidepressants. Tricyclics like imipramine, amitriptylene, desipramine; irreversible maoi's like nardil; mao-b inhibitors -- emsam; ssri's like prozac, celexa, ; lexapro; snri's like effexor, pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) and cymbalta; sari's -- tradozone; nassa -- remeron; ndri -- wellbutrin. So the list is longer than you might have thought, and some classes contain more than i named. ...Read more

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Is wellbutrin (bupropion) and prozac a good combination in addressing depression and anxiety?

Is wellbutrin (bupropion) and prozac a good combination in addressing depression and anxiety?

Use alternative: Unfortunately Prozac (while an awesome drug) can interact with quite a few medications. Usually the SSRI + Wellbutrin (bupropion) combo is a great and very commonly used therapeutic option for patients suffering with depression and anxiety. There are plenty of efficacious and safer alternatives. Hope that helps! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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