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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


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What kind of effect does Prozac (fluoxetine) have on eating disorders, if any?

What kind of effect does Prozac (fluoxetine) have on eating disorders, if any?

Weight gain: Prozac (fluoxetine) has some tendency to cause weight gain.

But specifically in the case of eating disorders, here is the information: Prozac (fluoxetine), which is the only medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating bulimia nervosa, may help patients who also have depression or anxiety. It also appears to help reduce binge-eating and purging behaviors, reduce the chance of relapse. ...Read more

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My dr just took me off 70 mg of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and started me on prozac. How long do I need to wait before taking the Prozac to avoid a possible interaction?

My dr just took me off 70 mg of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and started me on prozac. How long do I need to wait before taking the Prozac to avoid a possible interaction?

Depends: If these are the only medications you are on, then there is no need to impose a wait time between starting Prozac after stopping vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). These medications are often prescribed concurrently. Prozac (fluoxetine) is considerable potential for interactions with a variety of medications. As such, ensure that your prescribers know that you are taking it to minimize potential interactions. ...Read more

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If I take Prozac (fluoxetine) with food, am I less likely to feel nauseous?

If I take Prozac (fluoxetine) with food, am I less likely to feel nauseous?

Probably not: Probably not. The nausea with Prozac (fluoxetine) is not due to your stomach irritation, but rather due to the stimulation of the serotonin receptors in the brain. Of course, there are also serotonin receptors in the gut – but these, to the best of my knowledge, are not directly involved in the nausea / vomiting reflex. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about prozac (fluoxetine)? What are the usual side effects? What should I watch out for? Do I have to take it with food?

What can you tell me about prozac (fluoxetine)? What are the usual side effects? What should I watch out for? Do I have to take it with food?

Prozac (fluoxetine): Headaches, stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea are common. Also sexual side effects such as impotence later on. It is advised to be taken with food, once daily. ...Read more

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Is there a high danger of developing Parkinson's disease while on Prozac type drugs Thanks?

No: Parkinson's disease is not caused by medications like Prozac. Prozac increases serotonin in the brain to help with depression and anxiety. Parkinson's disease is caused by a decrease of dopamine in the brain. You can get Parkinson's like symptoms from taking anti-psychotic medications, but not from taking anti-depressants. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to begin Prozac (fluoxetine) after taking a single non-repetitive dose of Trazodone to avoid elevated risk of serotonin syndrome?

How long should I wait to begin Prozac (fluoxetine) after taking a single non-repetitive dose of Trazodone to avoid elevated risk of serotonin syndrome?

Ask your doctor: According to your profile, you're pregnant so please check with your OB to make sure both meds are ok to take. Not sure what "non-repetitive" Trazodone dose means. Do you mean "as needed for"? what you don't say. Good you're cautious about taking these meds especially if pregnant. Don't know doses so best to check also with your prescribing doctor if that person isn't your OB. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I started klonipin 1mg and 10 mg Prozac (fluoxetine) same day which one would bother my stomach. I started noticing it on day three. I've taking with food?

I started klonipin 1mg and 10 mg Prozac (fluoxetine) same day which one would bother my stomach. I started noticing it on day three. I've taking with food?

Take at night: If you take them at night yu will probably jsut sleep through it and be fine. Prozac (fluoxetine) is most likely the problem as some people are able to lose weight on that. Discuss with your doctor, but try to take them both at night first. ...Read more

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What kind of whey protein can I take while on Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg? I heard that certain whey protein can cause serotonin syndrom. Thank you for your time.

What kind of whey protein can I take while on Prozac (fluoxetine) 40mg? I heard that certain whey protein can cause serotonin syndrom. Thank you for your time.

Limit quantity: Serotonin syndrome can be caused by taking high amounts of tryptophan with Prozac (fluoxetine) & other ssri's. Tryptophan occurs in many foods like dairy & turkey as well. Moderate tryptophan is safe. My favorite whey protein is whey cool: http://www. Rockwellnutrition. Com/p-designs-for-health-whey-cool-vanilla-organic-whey-protein#tablist
1 scoop has 500 mg of tryptophan so it should be safe if you limit to 1. ...Read more

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Iam taking Prozac 20 mg for 2 years with a very little effect and effexor (venlafaxine) xr also I took resperidal and anafranil 75mg with prozac with no effect in the treatment of bulimia nervosa purge type?

Iam taking Prozac 20 mg for 2 years with a very little effect and effexor (venlafaxine) xr also I took resperidal and anafranil 75mg with prozac with no effect in the treatment of bulimia nervosa purge type?

Eating Disorders: In general, eating disorders need thorough evaluation by a mental health counselor to determine the type, extent, and comorbidity issues, which will guide toward appropriate interventions. Therapy involves cognitive therapy, group therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, evaluation for possible medications for comorbid conditions, dietary consult, & referral to an eating program depending on severit ...Read more

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Is it ok to take a diet aid while taking Adderall and Prozac to avoid weight gain? They both cause loss of appetite for me but gained on Zoloft (sertraline) smehow

Is it ok to take a diet aid while taking Adderall and Prozac to avoid weight gain? They both cause loss of appetite for me but gained on Zoloft (sertraline) smehow

Why?: If the Adderall and Prozac (fluoxetine) both cause loss of appetite for you, why do you need something in addition as a diet aid? Take advantage of the fact that you have less appetite and just eat less! ...Read more

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I can't take capsules, but just got a prescription for prozac, (fluoxetine) if I take the powder out and take it with food or a drink, is it safe and will it work?

I can't take capsules, but just got a prescription for prozac, (fluoxetine) if I take the powder out and take it with food or a drink, is it safe and will it work?

Ask your pharmacist: Some pills are fine to crush but others will not work properly. So always check with a pharmacist if you want to take medications differently than prescribed. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between Prozac and diabetes? After being put on prozac, diabetes type II went out of control to the high side and it is still out of control even after switching to insulin (both long and short acting). Is there any connection betw

Is there any connection between Prozac and diabetes? After being put on prozac, diabetes type II went out of control to the high side and it is still out of control even after switching to insulin (both long and short acting). Is there any connection betw

I: I am unaware of any clear association between Prozac (fluoxetine) and diabetes. Depression is more common in those with diabetes so anti-depressants are frequently prescribed for people with diabetes. Prozac (fluoxetine) tends to not cause weight gain. If you are convinced the Prozac (fluoxetine) increased your sugar (not at all likely) you can discuss stopping it and using a different anti-depressant. Some people get more motivated to test their sugar when their depression is better. I wonder if you are just testing your sugar more. If your a1c (the 3 month test of sugar control) went up a lot after the Prozac (fluoxetine) as compared to before the Prozac (fluoxetine) and you had no weight gain, that would suggest the Prozac (fluoxetine) did it. Discuss that with your doctor. See my blog post on exercise and depression and how to use Insulin below. Your doctor may benefit from reading the Insulin post. ...Read more

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Dear sir, which type of medicine is the best for stomach depression, Prozac (fluoxetine) not working.

Dear sir, which type of medicine is the best for stomach depression, Prozac (fluoxetine) not working.

What exactly are you: ....asking for? Something to treat DEPRESSION or STOMACH problems of upset? Prozac does not treat anything in the stomach. It is an antidepressant and that it is all used to treat mood disorders. It has some off label uses such as headache management. There are medications to treat STOMACH ULCERS OR UPSET CONDITION such as nexium, (esomeprazole) carafate, prilosec, pepcid, et. C, etc. ...Read more

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Having type 1 diabetes and sarcoidosis wouldn't a dr put me on Prozac and Xanax (alprazolam) with out asking, I'm panicking and depressed? If I ask him would he give it to me?

Having type 1 diabetes and sarcoidosis wouldn't a dr put me on Prozac and Xanax (alprazolam) with out asking, I'm panicking and depressed? If I ask him would he give it to me?

Bring it up: Doctors can't always tell what is going on - we get most of our information from the history we are given. Be sure to mention the depression and panic to your doctor. He will then guide the discussion to determine what medications would be the greatest benefit to you. He will give you what is needed but he has to know the symptoms you are experiencing! ...Read more

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I feel fatigue and muscle weakness. Mood is ok but doc prescribed prozac (fluoxetine).Had weaned off Prozac (fluoxetine) a yr ago after treating depression and OCD type anxiety?

I feel fatigue and muscle weakness. Mood is ok but doc prescribed prozac (fluoxetine).Had weaned off Prozac (fluoxetine) a yr ago after treating depression and OCD type anxiety?

Needs evaluation: Cant say from the info provided that your past problems are your current problems, though you may have a preoccupation with illness until you are proven to be well your complaints should be taken seriously and worked up by a doctor. ...Read more

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What happen if I stop taking Prozac (fluoxetine) abruptly?

What happen if I stop taking Prozac (fluoxetine) abruptly?

Please work with: Your doctor. Abruptly stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) could lead to a serotonin discontinuation syndrome. ...Read more

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Does Prozac make you gain weight by simply taking it, like “out of thin air”?

Does Prozac make you gain weight by simply taking it, like “out of thin air”?

Prozac side effect?: An uncommon side effect of Prozac is gradual weight gain. If you have been gaining weight since starting this med with no other explanation for the weight gain, tell prescribing doc and discuss lowering dose or alternative meds. Weight gain as a side effect is reversible when Prozac is stopped. Do eat as healthy as you can and exercise daily. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I accidently have been taking 1 extra 40mg prozac, (fluoxetine) is that harmful?

Prozac (fluoxetine): You should be fine, one extra dose of prozaz should be ok
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I am taking Prozac (fluoxetine) and I am really tiered. Should I change the drug?

Only when you can: Be sure that the medication is the cause. Were you tired or prone to be tired before starting the prozac (fluoxetine)? Have you checked with your physician to see if there are possible medical issues that could cause tiredness. If the tiredness came after starting the prozac (fluoxetine), how soon after? If occuring early on it could be the medication or not enough time to clear tiredness from depression. Wait it out. ...Read more

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I just started taking Prozac (fluoxetine) yesterday, when should it start working?

Generally 2-4 weeks: Most antidepressants take 2-4 weeks. Some people, esp with panic attacks may notice worsening before improvement. If there is no improvement after 4 weeks adjustments or med changes would be indicated. Tell your prescriber if you feel worse initially as there might be something to help. ...Read more

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Would taking 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) every other day be like taking 10 mg every day?

Would taking 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) every other day be like taking 10 mg every day?

Yes. Prozac (fluoxetine) has a: Very long half-life and its active metabolite also has a long half-life which means it is active in the body for a long time. Therefore taking 20 mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) every other day would be like taking 10 mg every day. Best regards. ...Read more

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Been taking 20mg of Prozac for 5 years last few weeks been taking every other day is that fine?

Why are you changing: How you are taking the dosage? Is it no longer working or experiencing side-effects? I may noy hurt but I would not change my dosage schedule unless it's ok 'd by the doctor. Since you been on it a while you don't want to disrupt your baseline. ...Read more

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Prozac (Definition)

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