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Is taking tylenol (acetaminophen) pm and Prozac safe with palpitations? Palps started bf starting prozac. Ekg, holter, echo, and stress test were normal.

Is taking tylenol (acetaminophen) pm and Prozac safe with palpitations? Palps started bf starting prozac. Ekg, holter, echo, and stress test were normal.

Side effects: Tylenol (acetaminophen) pm shouldn't cause or aggravate palpitations. Prozac especially in higher doses can. Has the Prozac made you more aware of palpitations? Caffeine, alcohol and nicotine can aggravate palpitations also. Did you have palpitations while you had the holter on and if so did it show any abnormal beats or rhythm at that time? If not then perhaps you just have periods of a more forceful beat. ...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) 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 weigh 96 lbs doc wants me on 10 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) daily. Is Prozac (fluoxetine) safe? I read it makes people suicidal and even fatal? I have postpartum depression.

I weigh 96 lbs doc wants me on 10 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) daily. Is Prozac (fluoxetine) safe? I read it makes people suicidal and even fatal? I have postpartum depression.

All medications: Have potential side effects, but the side effects of Prozac (fluoxetine) you mention are very rare. If you doctor advised you to take this medication it must be because he/she believes the benefits of treating your depression certainly outweigh the potential side effects from the medication. In general, SSRIs (the class Prozac (fluoxetine) is in) are some of the safest antidepressant medications. Good luck & feel better ...Read more

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Is 20mg prozac (fluoxetine) safe during pregnancy? Not pregnant yet, but maybe in the future. ITP, hypothyroidism, anxiety. On 50mcg levothyroxine and 20mg prozac (fluoxetine)

Is 20mg prozac (fluoxetine) safe during pregnancy? Not pregnant yet, but maybe in the future. ITP, hypothyroidism, anxiety. On 50mcg levothyroxine and 20mg prozac (fluoxetine)

Category C: Risk can't be ruled out but pretty low-- it's been around longer than all the other Ssris & no major problems noted--most ons in our area okay it the pts I've followed were ok through their pregnancies ...Read more

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Can 90mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) is safe to take?

Can 90mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) is safe to take?

High dose prozac (fluoxetine): That dose may not be safe. I have never had a patient on 90 mgs per day. There are a lot of other strategies a board certified psychiatrist would generally have and be able to apply in the case of someone needing ultra high doses of medications. ...Read more

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Can lower doses of Prozac (fluoxetine) b safer? I'm so scared of med. But need it for severe anxiety &ocd. How low of dose can help? How can I ease my fear of ssri's?

Can lower doses of Prozac (fluoxetine) b safer? I'm so scared of med. But need it for severe anxiety &ocd. How low of dose can help? How can I ease my fear of ssri's?

It varies: In general doses of 40-60 mg a day are needed to treat ocd. Sometimes the dose can be 80 mg a day or higher. If you take the dose that works, then your anxiety will drop along with your obsession over this which itself can be part of your ocd. Take enough to be well and you will not regret it. Best wishes. Dr. J. ...Read more

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After trying wellbutrin, (bupropion) which would you use for binge eating. Vyvanse or prozac? Which is safer and more effective?

After trying wellbutrin, (bupropion) which would you use for binge eating. Vyvanse or prozac? Which is safer and more effective?

Stop a minute: It's unlikely that a medication is going to help with binge eating. Your doctor may have decided that there are anxiety or depression issues inclining you to binge eating. In that case, have a discussion with him and see what she says about his thinking. My gut reaction is neither, but I've not seen you. Talk with your doc! ...Read more

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I have 2 stents in LAD artery...is Prozac (fluoxetine) a safe ssri due to its qt prolongation or is it to risky?

I have 2 stents in LAD artery...is Prozac (fluoxetine) a safe ssri due to its qt prolongation or is it to risky?

OTc prolongation: Likely your Prosac will have no real effect on your cardiac conduction, as long as QTc measures under 499 msec, but here is the key issue. Huge numbers of prescription meds have potential to prolong QT interval, especially opioids, but also entire class of SSRI's and SSNRI's. Will refer your question also to cardiology, as they can expand on my comments. ...Read more

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Take treatment for GAD by Prozac 40 mg, my GP wants add either Buspar (buspirone) or Wellbutrin to encounter side effects of Prozac, which the safe and ideal combo?

Take treatment for GAD by Prozac 40 mg, my GP wants add either Buspar (buspirone) or Wellbutrin to encounter side effects of Prozac, which the safe and ideal combo?

Buspirone: You may want to talk to your doc about a psychiatry referral since it sounds like (a)he may be in over their head. Buspirone is an anti-anxiety drug, but both Prozac and Wellbutrin (bupropion) can potentially exacerbate anxiety. There are many other potential options if Buspirone is not beneficial, but I would not abandon it before max dose of 60 mg/d. It should be taken 3-4 times dailu ...Read more

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Do you think I should start anti depression my dr prescribed me Prozac (fluoxetine) is it safe?

Do you think I should start anti depression my dr prescribed me Prozac (fluoxetine) is it safe?

Prozac (fluoxetine): All medications have potential for side effects. But that is a relative thing. Overall it is a pretty safe medication. Hopefully potential side effects & indications were discussed with you. If not, googling may help educate you more about the medication and may allow you to feel more comfortable with a new medication. ...Read more

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Prozac (fluoxetine) is it safe to stop taking it after 6 months 10 mg. I hate the sleepiness weight gain jittery freezing?

Discuss with your MD: Your best bet is to discuss it with your doctor. .. Perhaps there's an alternative treatment which might be more appropriate for you. When discontinuing fluoxetine, it's best to taper it over 2-4 weeks (7.5 mg -> 5 mg. -> 2.5 mg). This avoids any abrupt adverse reactions in discontinuation. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How safe is feramax 150mg and Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg?

How safe is feramax 150mg and Prozac (fluoxetine) 10mg?

Feramax: Feramax is a coated iron tablet that passes through the stomach rather than being broken down there and possibly irritating it. If you're anemic and need iron, this may be a way to take it that does not cause GI side effects (nausea, etc). There's no conflict between it and prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 10mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) long term?

Safety of, Prozac (fluoxetine): Long term use of anti depressants will, cause changes in receptor activity n the brain, decreasing desired effects, but no findings of significant harm have developed from Extended use. You should discuss with your doctor who, prescribed this drug, if you still need it at all, or if a change is needed ...Read more

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Is it safe to take evail and Prozac (fluoxetine) together?

Not safe: U mean elavil. Prozac (fluoxetine) increased blood levels of Elavil by 2 fold and it's metabolites nortriptaline by 9 fold. It may cause serotonin syndrome.Get directions from u r md. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be on 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) if you are 65 years of age?

Is it safe to be on 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) if you are 65 years of age?

Yes, but..: There's no reason why you can't take Prozac (fluoxetine) 20 mg/day at age 65 or older if prescribed by doctor who is familiar with your mental and medical history. However, therapeutic doses tend to be smaller with increasing age because of greater risk of side effects. Be sure all your doctors know every medication you may be taking. Close medical supervision is necessary while on Prozac (fluoxetine). I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hi I take 20mg prozac (fluoxetine) every morning and 5mg diazepan at night is this safe?

Hi I take 20mg prozac (fluoxetine) every morning and 5mg diazepan at night is this safe?

Safe: I believe that with these doses, the medications you're taking and the time of the dosing, there should be no significant interaction with them as Prozac (fluoxetine) is an antidepressant and diazepam is a tranquillizer which you are taking at night probably to help you sleep. Your physician or pharmacist can give you more advice if you have further concerns. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take fluoxetine which is intended for animals? Why? Isn't fluoxetine the main ingredient in prozac?

Is it safe to take fluoxetine which is intended for animals? Why? Isn't fluoxetine the main ingredient in prozac?

See your doctor: Fluoxetine is the generic for brand name Prozac (fluoxetine). Fluoxetine is used to treat depression in humans. There are additional uses which can be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr recommended I increase prozac (fluoxetine) dosage. Is it safe to go 20mg to 40mg? Or should I do 20mg to 30mg and then 40mg? I have 10mg and 20mg pills.

Dr recommended I increase prozac (fluoxetine) dosage. Is it safe to go 20mg to 40mg? Or should I do 20mg to 30mg and then 40mg? I have 10mg and 20mg pills.

Prozac (fluoxetine): Please only increase or change medications under your doctor's direct supervision. I would take it which ever way your provider suggested. It is usually safe to increase dose by 10 or by 20mg at a time. ...Read more

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I am just wondering between wellubutrin and Prozac (fluoxetine) which drug is less harsh or should I say safer to take, and for long term use which one is better?

I am just wondering between wellubutrin and Prozac (fluoxetine) which drug is less harsh or should I say safer to take, and for long term use which one is better?

Relative safety: Within appropriate dosage limits, both are safe and effective for depression. However, they have different neurotransmitter profiles. Prozac has anti-anxiety effects which wellbutrin (bupropion) does not have; wellbutrin (bupropion) has less potential effects on sexual function. If you have a seizure disorder, brain tumor, or an eating disorder, wellbutrin (bupropion) would not be safe for you but Prozac might still be. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ashwaganda with prozac?

Is it safe to take ashwaganda with prozac?

Ashwaganda: Ashwaganda usually well tolerated and shouldn't cause a problem with the Prozac. Examine. Com recommends that it may help. Highly recommend that you try to find a naturopathic doctor OR search for a medical professional knowledgeable about "complimentary and alternative medicine" (search those specific terms) and get them to review your situation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Prozac (fluoxetine) and l theanine tohether?

Prozac (fluoxetine), L-Theanine: I admire you for your concern for Health.
Prozac is for Depression and Anxiety. It can have side effects of anxiety and depression.
L-Theanine is found in Green Tea. Some people use it for anxiety and depression.
Patient Drug Interactions Source: RxList states that fluoxetine oral, L-theanine oral Combination may increase bleeding risk.
See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for stress, and anxiety. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ashwaghanda while taking prozac (fluoxetine)?

Is it safe to take ashwaghanda while taking prozac (fluoxetine)?

Ashwagandha & Prozac (fluoxetine): Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) has been used in ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years as an "adaptogen" -- an herb given to help the body resist physiological and psychological stress. It may have both anxiolytic and antidepressant activity http://tinyurl. Com/lexzv5f but there are no interactions with antidepressants such as prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

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Stopped taking Prozac (fluoxetine) 3 weeks ago is it safe to take 5htp now?

Probably not: In a person of average adult with normal liver function Prozac (fluoxetine) takes about 5 weeks to almost completely leave the body. To the extent that your body composition (proportion of water, fat, muscle, etc) varies from the average, and to the extent your liver function varies from normal, it might take longer. Other meds you take might also affect this. Best to discuss with your doc. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Stopped taking Prozac (fluoxetine) 5 weeks ago is it safe to now take sam-e?

Yes: You can actually take sam-e with Prozac (fluoxetine) and other medications from the same class. It can help those meds work better. Nevertheless, finding the eight dose of sam-e can take time. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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